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"Yes Minister" The Bed of Nails (1982)

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Yes Minister -- 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

Production CompaniesDistributors

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 Humphrey Appleby:Formulating policy means making choices. Once you do that, you please the people that you favour, but infuriate everybody else. One vote gained, ten lost. If you give the job to the road services, the rail board and unions will scream. Give it to the railways, the road lobby will massacre you. Cut British Airways investment plans, they'll hold a devastating press conference that same day.
James Hacker:But I'm going to be Transport Supremo!
Sir Humphrey Appleby:I believe the Civil Service vernacular is Transport Muggins!
James Hacker:No, the Prime Minister has asked me to undertake this task, this necessary duty. After all, we must all endeavour to do our duty. Furthermore, Sir Mark thinks there may be votes in it. And if so, I don't intend to look a gift horse in the mouth.
Sir Humphrey Appleby:I put it to you, Minister, that you are looking a Trojan horse in the mouth!
James Hacker:If we look closely at this gift horse, we'll find it full of Trojans?
Bernard Woolley:If you had looked a Trojan horse in the mouth, Minister, you'd have found Greeks inside. Well the point is, it was the Greeks who gave the Trojan horse to the Trojans, so technically, it wasn't a Trojan horse at all, it was a Greek horse. Hence the tag "Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes", which you'll recall, is usually and somewhat inaccurately translated as "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts". Or doubtless you would have recalled had you not attended the LSE.
James Hacker:Greek tags are all very well, but can we stick to the point?
Bernard Woolley:Sorry, Greek tags?
James Hacker:"Beware of Greeks bearing gifts". I suppose the EEC equivalent would be, "Beware Greeks bearing an olive oil surplus"!
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