Yes, Prime Minister

A Diplomatic Incident

Season 2, Ep 3, Aired 12/17/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Jim uses the occasion of his predecessor's state funeral to negotiate with the French over the conditions of the channel tunnel.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nigel Hawthorne

    Sir Humphrey Appleby

  • John Nettleton

    Sir Arnold Robinson

  • Paul Eddington

    Rt Hon James Hacker

  • Derek Fowlds

    Bernard Woolley

  • Diana Hoddinott

    Annie Hacker

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Arab: Sir Humphrey! I have just seen this order of service for tomorrow. it is deeply embarrassing! This hymn - Humphrey: On Jordan's Bank, the Baptists Cry? Why? Arab: Don't you know the Jordan Bank went bust yesterday???

    • Jim Hacker: Don't we ever get our own way with the French? Sir Humphrey: Well, sometimes. Jim Hacker: When was the last time? Sir Humphrey: Battle of Waterloo, 1815.

    • Jim Hacker: Plenty of room for television cameras, won't there? Sir Humphrey: Yes. Jim Hacker: Outside Number Ten, along the route, outside the Abbey, inside the Abbey. One pointing directly at my pew. Sir Humphrey: Uhm...now wouldn't that mean putting the cameraman in the pulpit? Jim Hacker: Will that be all right? Sir Humphrey: Well, it won't leave a lot of room for the Arch Bishop. Jim Hacker: Well, so where will he preach from? Sir Humphrey: I think he'll need to be in the pulpit. Jim Hacker: Where will my camera be? Sir Humphrey: Well, there is always the High Altar, but I think the Arch Bishop may need that as well. Jim Hacker: Who does he think he is? Sir Humphrey: Well, he probably thinks it is a religious ceremony. Nobody has told him it is a Party Political.

    • French Ambassador: Prime Minister, I cannot tell you the gravity of the affront my Government would feel if Her Majesty were to refuse a gift in exchange for the one our President accepted from her. I feel it would be interpreted as both a national and a personal affront to the President and his wife. Jim Hacker: Excellency, you must ask the President not to bring that bitch with him. .... The puppy! I mean the puppy!

    • (On the phone) Bernard Woolley: No, we can't have alphabetical seating in the Abbey; you would have Iraq and Iran next to each other. Plus Israel and Jordan, all sitting in the same pew. We would be in danger of starting World War III.

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