Yes Minister

The Death List

Season 2, Ep 3, Aired 3/9/81
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  • Episode Description
  • When Jim learns that when in opposition he was bugged by the Secret Service, he decides to bring in legislation to curb the bugging. However, he finds out that he is on the death list of a group of terrorists, and the best way to find them, is by bugging phone lines.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nigel Hawthorne

    Sir Humphrey Appleby

  • Paul Eddington

    Rt Hon James Hacker

  • Derek Fowlds

    Bernard Wooley

  • Michael Keating

    M.I.5 Bodyguard

  • Graeme Garden

    M.I.5 Officer

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • (The Minister has just announced that he will ban phine tapping and secret surveillance. What he doesn't know is that Humphrey has just got information that he is on an assasination list.) Humphrey: Minister, are you sure you've considered all the implications...? Hacker: Oh yes. Free citizens have a right to privacy. Humphrey: But what if we had information that these free citizens were - to take a purely hypothetical example, planning to assasinate a minister of the crown? Hacker: The freedom of the British people, Humphrey, is worth more than the lives of a few ministers. Freedom is indivisible. Ministers are expendable! A man in public life must expect to be the target of cranks, and fanatics. It is a minister's duty to set his life at nought! And not cower in craven terror. Behind electronic equipment! Secret microphones! And all, the hideous apparatus - of a police state. Humphrey clears his throat to bring Hacker back to earth Hacker: Anyway Humphrey, I don't want to hear any more about it. Humphrey: Very well but you must allow me to say just one more thing on this matter. Hacker: Very well Humphrey, but be brief. Humphrey: The Special Branch have found your name on a death list. Hacker: that has absolutely no bearing on the situation... *Slams table in sudden alarm* WHAT???

    • Bernard: (about an inconvenient petition) Shall I file it? Hacker: Shall you file it? Shred it! Bernard: Shred it? Hacker: No one must ever be able to find it again! Bernard: In that case, Minister, I think it's best I file it.

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