Yes, Prime Minister

The Tangled Web

Season 2, Ep 8, Aired 1/28/88
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  • Episode Description
  • Sir Humphrey has to decide if he will support the PM or inform Parliament when Hacker denies knowledge of a wiretap authorized by his office without his knowledge.

  • 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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  • Quotes (7)

    • Jim Hacker: Honesty always gives you the advantage of surprise in the House of Commons.

    • Jim Hacker: Well, anyway. Why are we bugging Hugh Halifax? Is he talking to the Russians? Sir Humphrey: No, the French actually. That's much more serious. Jim Hacker: Why? Bernard Woolley: The Russians already know what we are doing.

    • Sir Humphrey: Well perhaps you could advise me, Prime Minister. Particularly if the questions are aggressive. Jim Hacker: Oh, the more aggressive the better. That puts the listeners on your side. Sir Humphrey: Nonetheless I may have to answer them. Jim Hacker: Why? You never answered my questions. Sir Humphrey: That's different, Prime Minister.

    • Sir Humphrey: The interview was over. We were just chatting, harmlessly. Bernard Woolley: Harmlessly?! Sir Humphrey: It was off-the-record! Bernard Woolley: It was on the tape!!

    • Sir Humphrey: So I gather, you denied that Mr. Halifax's phone had been bugged. Jim Hacker: Well obviously, it was the one question today to which I could give a clear, simple, straightforward, honest answer. Sir Humphrey: Yes, unfortunately although the answer was indeed clear, simple and straightforward, there is some difficulty in justifiably assigning to it the fourth of the epithets you applied to the statement, inasmuch as the precise correlation between the information you communicated and the facts insofar as they can be determined and demonstrated is such as to cause epistemological problems of sufficient magnitude to lay upon the logical and semantic resources of the English language a heavier burden than they can reasonably be expected to bear. Jim Hacker: Epistemological? What are you talking about? Sir Humphrey: You told a lie. Jim Hacker: A lie?? Sir Humphrey: A lie. Jim Hacker: What do you mean a lie? Sir Humphrey: I mean you ... lied. Yes I know, this is a difficult concept to get across to a politician. You ..... ah yes, you did not tell the truth.

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