When the French hold out for primacy over a sub-Channel tunnel, P.M. Hacker uses the info that they planted a bomb in their own embassy to obtain more favorable terms.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Paul Eddington ...
Derek Fowlds ...
Diana Hoddinott ...
French Ambassador
Police Commissioner
Robert East ...
Peter Gascoigne
Mansel David ...
Graham French
Alan Downer ...
Bill Bailey ...
US Vice-President
Raymond Brody ...
Arab Delegate
David King ...
Soviet Ambassador
William Lawford ...
UNESCO Representative


PM Hacker is dissatisfied with the rate progress in negotiations with the French over the planned Channel Tunnel. He also realizes the French are taking advantage of the situation by trying to create a diplomatic incident thereby gaining an upper hand in negotiations. The first issue is a gift from the French for the Queen. The French are insisting on giving her a puppy, but Britain's strict quarantine laws mean that it will have to go into quarantine for 6 months. The French agree to change the gift only if concessions are made on Tunnel issues. Fortunately, the little matter of a bomb on the grounds of the French Embassy gives Hacker an unexpected boost. Written by garykmcd

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17 December 1987 (UK)  »

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[Bernard Woolley enters the PM's office carrying two files - one considerably larger than the other]
James Hacker: [indicating the smaller file] What on Earth is that, Bernard?
Bernard Woolley: It's the Channel Tunnel file, minister.
James Hacker: What about the other one?
Bernard Woolley: That's the puppy file.
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