Yes Minister: Season 3, Episode 5

The Bed of Nails (9 Dec. 1982)

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The Minister yet again finds himself in it when the Cabinet Secretary and the Prime Minister's senior advisor con him into taking responsibility for developing a national transportation policy. The whole thing has been tried before and with little success. Sir Humphrey is aghast that the Minister took this on without first discussing with him and at the first meeting of officials, the Minister also realizes that he has made a grievous error. Their first attempt to rid themselves of the commitment fails but their second attempt proves somewhat more successful. Written by garykmcd

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When Jim Hacker tells Sir Humphrey and Bernard about his new appointment, just as Bernard says "If you pull it off, Minister, it wouldn't be in your cap any more", the shadow of the boom mic is briefly visible on Sir Humphrey's forehead. See more »

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Sir Arnold Robinson: [Discussing bringing in a National Intergrated Transport System] It calls for a particular combination of talents. Lots of activity but no actual achievement.
Sir Mark Spencer: I see. Then Hacker is the man!
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