Yes Minister: Season 3, Episode 4

The Moral Dimension (2 Dec. 1982)

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While on an official visit to a Middle East sheikdom to finalize a major contract for a UK firm, the Minister manages to get himself into trouble on several fronts. Learning that the ... See full summary »

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Derek Fowlds ...
Diana Hoddinott ...
Anthony Carrick ...
Bill Pritchard (as Antony Carrick)
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Jenny Goodwin
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Michael Sharvell-Martin ...
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While on an official visit to a Middle East sheikdom to finalize a major contract for a UK firm, the Minister manages to get himself into trouble on several fronts. Learning that the country is dry, he arranges for liquor to be available on the sly. When they are presented with an expensive 17th century antique bowl, Mrs. Hacker gets Bernard Woolley to get the object valued at less than £50 allowing her to keep the gift. When the Minister learns that bribes were likely paid to obtain the contract, he insists that there be a full public inquiry. A little reminder from Sir Humphrey sets things straight. Written by garykmcd

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In the BBC documentary "Yes, Minister - A View from Whitehall", Lord Bernard Donoughue admitted that a similar situation with the liquor actually took place on a visit to Pakistan with Prime Minister James Callaghan. See more »

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Sir Humphrey Appleby: [Bernard has a problem] Tell me about it.
Bernard Woolley: Well, you know that jar the Minister was given in Qumran? Well, the Minister's wife liked it.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: I expect she did.
Bernard Woolley: Then when I explained the rules to her, she looked terribly sad.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: They always do.
Bernard Woolley: And then she asked was it really worth more than £50 and she said wouldn't it be marvellous if it wasn't and she sort of... looked at me.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: But my dear Bernard, a 17th century vase...
Bernard Woolley: Yes, I know, I know. But there was this terribly nice Qumrany businessman and we ...
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