Yes Minister

The Greasy Pole

Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 3/16/81
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  • Episode Description
  • Jim has the chance of creating jobs,and saving a chemical company, when they are offered the chance to manufacture a highly dangerous chemical, but when the news gets out that it might be too dangerous, he has to back down.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nigel Hawthorne

    Sir Humphrey Appleby

  • Paul Eddington

    Rt Hon James Hacker

  • Derek Fowlds

    Bernard Wooley

  • Robert Dougall

    Newsreader

  • Geoffrey Toone

    R.A.Crichton

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Jim Hacker: Humphrey, I just want to make absolutely sure. You're not asking me to make a courageous decision, are you? Sir Humphrey: Of course not, Minister, what a suggestion.

    • Humphrey: Minister, a Minister can do what he likes. Hacker: It's the people's will. I am their leader. I must follow them!

    Allusions (1)

    • Hacker: The greasy pole is important. I have to climb it. Humphrey: Why? Hacker: Because it's there. Refers to George Mallory's famous 1924 answer to the question of climbing Mount Everest. Mallory was killed later that year attempting to climb Everest.

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