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"Yes Minister" The Bed of Nails (1982)

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Yes Minister: Season 3: Episode 5 -- Jim is given the job of implementing an Integrated National Transport Policy. Sir Humphrey explains the job could turn into a nightmare for the Minister and endeavors to protect him from any discomfort.


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Antony Jay (by) and
Jonathan Lynn (by)
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Original Air Date:
9 December 1982 (Season 3, Episode 5)
The Minister yet again finds himself in it when the Cabinet Secretary and the Prime Minister's senior... See more » | Add synopsis »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Paul Eddington ... James Hacker

Nigel Hawthorne ... Sir Humphrey Appleby
Derek Fowlds ... Bernard Woolley
John Nettleton ... Sir Arnold Robinson

Nigel Stock ... Sir Mark Spencer
David Firth ... Undersecretary Air Division

Peter Dennis ... Undersecretary Roads Division
Robert East ... Undersecretary Rail Division
David Rose ... Peter Maxwell

Episode Crew
Directed by
Peter Whitmore 
Writing credits
Antony Jay (by) and
Jonathan Lynn (by)

Produced by
Peter Whitmore .... producer
Original Music by
Ronnie Hazlehurst 
Production Design by
Gary Pritchard (designer)
Costume Design by
Judy Allen 
Makeup Department
Toni Chapman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Brian Jones .... production manager
Art Department
Bob Sutton .... properties buyer
Sound Department
Malcolm Johnson .... studio sound
Camera and Electrical Department
John Dixon .... studio lighting
Peter Ware .... senior cameraman
Editorial Department
Bill Morton .... vision mixer
Ian Williams .... editor: video tape
Other crew
Lydia Frankenburg .... assistant floor manager
Lesley Langan .... production assistant
Gerald Scarfe .... title sequence
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

USA:30 min | 29 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | UK:U (video rating) (2003)

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Audio/visual unsynchronized: The audio for the very first line of the episode, spoken by Sir Mark, does not match his mouth.See more »
Sir Mark Spencer:[intending to dupe Hacker into taking a thankless job] But Sir Humphrey Appleby is bound to tell Hacker he'd be crazy to take it on.
Sir Arnold Robinson:Yes. "Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes", I can hear him say. "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts", roughly translated. Though Humphrey would have put it in English for Hacker's benefit. Hacker went to the LSE, you know.
Sir Mark Spencer:So did I.
Sir Arnold Robinson:Oh, I *am* sorry.
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