The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms, or so he thinks.
The Minister wants to give citizens access to their files on a new national database, but Sir Humphrey is at his obfuscating best. Accused by his political advisor and his wife of being a mouthpiece ...
James Hacker is the British Minister for Administrative Affairs. He tries to do something and cut government waste, but he is continually held back by the smart and wily Permanent Secretary of the Department, Sir Humphrey Appleby. Private secretary Bernard Woolley is caught in the middle, between his political master, and his civil service boss.Written by
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Due to the recording gap between the pilot episode and the rest of the first season, John Nettleton wasn't available to play Sir Arnold Robinson, leading to his role being taken over by Sir Frederick "Jumbo" Stewart, played by John Savident. When it came to the second season, however, the situation was reversed; Savident wasn't available, but Nettleton was, leading to Sir Arnold becoming a recurring character for the rest of the show's run. See more »
Bernard will often answer the telephone, listen for a second or two, then deliver a lengthy message of what he was supposed to have heard. See more »
The pilot version of the first episode, "Open Government", was released on the UK DVD release of Series 1. It differs from the broadcast version in having different, cheaper-looking titles and different theme music (composed by Max Harris with Sidney Margo). See more »
This series is simply the best political comedy ever. From first hand experiences not with the british but the european administration and from my studies of political science I can pledge the satire to be really, really sharp. The dialogues are superb and I simply love the characters. Sir Humphrey is unbeatable. As a fellow writer already commented a must see for everyone into politics.
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