P.M. Hacker is scheduled to speak at a broadcast awards ceremony -- right after the announcement that the arts budget will be much smaller than hoped.



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Episode complete credited cast:
John Bird ...
Simon Monk
Anthony Carrick ...
Bill Pritchard (as Antony Carrick)
Geoffrey Beevers ...
Arts Minister
Martin Milman ...
Party Guest
Myfanwy Talog ...
Party Guest
David Rose ...
Party Guest


The Prime Minister has unwisely accepted an invitation to attend a theatre awards evening that, it turns out, is on the same day that the government will be announcing a reduction in its subsidy to the arts. Thus ensues a game of bluff and counter bluff between the PM, Sir Humphrey and the director of the National Theatre. Sir Humphrey provides advice on how to gently blackmail the PM into providing more money but the PM comes up with his own little blackmail scheme to keep the National Theatre in line. Written by garykmcd

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14 January 1988 (UK)  »

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James Hacker: Humphrey, I need help.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: You do. You do?
James Hacker: I've got to make a speech. It could be very embarrassing.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Oh, Prime Minister. Your speeches are nothing like as embarrassing as they used to be.
James Hacker: I didn't say the speech would be embarrassing, I said the occassion could.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Ah, yes, yes, indeed. Why?
James Hacker: It's to be to a hostile audience of posturing, self-righteous, theatrical drunks.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: The House of Commons, you mean?
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