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"Yes Minister" Party Games (TV Episode 1984) Poster

(TV Series)

(1984)

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[there has arisen the possibility of James Hacker becoming Prime Minister]

Sir Humphrey Appleby: How would you feel about your present master as the next Prime Minister?

[Bernard looks at his watch]

Sir Humphrey Appleby: Are you in a hurry?

Bernard Woolley: No, I was just checking my watch to see it wasn't April 1st!

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[the Home Secretary has been forced to resign after a drink-driving incident]

James Hacker: What will happen to him?

Sir Humphrey Appleby: Well, I gather he was as drunk as a lord. So, after a discreet interval, they'll probably make him one.

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Sir Humphrey Appleby: How are things at the Campaign for the Freedom of Information, by the way?

Sir Arnold Robinson: Sorry, I can't talk about that.

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Sir Humphrey Appleby: I think they refer to it as "horizontal jogging".

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Annie Hacker: [Bernard is waiting at the Hackers' flat for the Minister to come home] He's obviously been held up. You can stamp some of these cards for me while you're waiting if you like.

Bernard Woolley: Oh, but aren't they to constituents?

Annie Hacker: Yes.

Bernard Woolley: Well, that's not government business, Mrs Hacker, that's political activity. I'm not allowed to help with the Minister's political activities.

Annie Hacker: Suppose they were all to journalists?

Bernard Woolley: Oh, that would be alright.

Annie Hacker: They're all to journalists.

Bernard Woolley: Fine. I suppose licking is an essential part of relationships with the press.

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Bernard Woolley: So the resignation is to give time for the new leader to be run in before the next election?

Annie Hacker: Now the Home Secretary's been run in already!

[They both laugh]

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Bernard Woolley: [Discussing possible reasons for the Prime Minister's early retirement] Minister, I've heard something quite different.

James Hacker: What?

Bernard Woolley: That there is £1 million worth of diamonds from South Africa in a Downing Street safe, but of course it's only a rumour.

James Hacker: Is that true?

Bernard Woolley: Oh, yes.

James Hacker: So, there ARE all those diamonds in Downing Street!

Bernard Woolley: Are there?

James Hacker: You just said there were.

Bernard Woolley: No, I didn't.

James Hacker: Yes, you did! You said you'd heard this rumour, I said is it true, you said yes!

Bernard Woolley: I said yes, it was true that it was a rumour.

James Hacker: You said you heard it was true!

Bernard Woolley: No, I said it was true that I heard it!

Annie Hacker: I'm sorry to cut into this important discussion, but do you believe it?

James Hacker: I believe I heard it. Oh, about the diamonds. No.

Annie Hacker: Is it impossible?

James Hacker: No, but it's never been officially denied. First rule in politics: never believe anything until it's officially denied.

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