Yes Minister (1980–1984)
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The Official Visit 

The Minister finds himself in charge of an official visit from the President of Biranda, a newly independent former British colony. Hacker decides that they should all travel to Balmoral ... See full summary »




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Episode complete credited cast:
Tenniel Evans ...
Martin, Foreign Secretary
Thomas Baptiste ...
President Selim Mohammed
Robert Dougall ...
Robert Dougall
Bill Pritchard (as Antony Carrick)


The Minister finds himself in charge of an official visit from the President of Biranda, a newly independent former British colony. Hacker decides that they should all travel to Balmoral rather than have the Queen travel to London. Only a week before the visit, the President is overthrown in a coup and against Sir Humphrey's advice, the Minister insists that the visit go ahead. When he sees what the new President has to say in his formal speech about the yoke of British rule and his support for a free Scotland and Ireland, he realizes that the government is on the brink of disaster. Written by garykmcd

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3 March 1980 (UK)  »

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While on the train to Scotland, Jim has all the cabinet flunkeys and the Foreign secretary in his compartment. On the wall over Jim's shoulder is a notice attached to the wall with the instructions in case of fire, fire alarm etc. While the headings are in English, the instructions under each heading are gibberish. See more »


James Hacker: When am I going to do all this correspondence?
Bernard Woolley: You do realize you don't actually have to, Minister.
James Hacker: Don't I?
Bernard Woolley: Not if you don't want to. We can draft an official reply.
James Hacker: What's an official reply?
Bernard Woolley: It just says "The Minister has asked me to thank you for your letter"; then we say something like "The matter is under consideration", or even, if we feel so inclined, "under active consideration."
James Hacker: What's the difference?
Bernard Woolley: Well, 'under consideration' means we've lost the file; 'under active consideration' ...
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8 January 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Jim is due to meet the Prime Minister of the newly independent African state of Buranda, who wants to place an order for oil drilling equipment. Then a revolution takes place. Selim Mohammed, the new Bugandan Premier ( Thomas Batiste ), was at university with Hacker. He intends visiting Britain as planned. Jim's pleasure at seeing an old friend in a position of power turns to alarm when he reads an advance copy of the speech Selim plans to make. It criticises Britain harshly.

At a private meeting in a hotel room, Selim cheekily asks the country he intends to complain about for an interest-free loan of fifty million pounds...

Foreign diplomacy comes under the spotlight in this episode. The British are happy to exploit the Burandans until their new leader turns the tables. At one point, Sir Humphrey mentions 'General' Idi Amin of Uganda, the self-confessed 'King of Scotland' who was regarded as a joke until it was discovered he was a mass murderer too.

Robert Dougall, an ex-B.B.C. newsreader, is seen briefly on a television screen.

A few slightly suspect jokes creep into the script, such as Sir Humphrey wondering if the new P.M. likes his food covered in 'missionary sauce' and describing Selim's plane as a 'mumbo Jumbo', but hey, it was a long time ago.

Funniest moment - Sir Humphrey describing Selim as an 'enigma'. Mishearing him, Jim replies: "Humphrey! You know I do not like that word!" ( think about it ).

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