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Season 9 Episode 5

Monkey Business

Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM May 20, 1983 on BBC
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Episode Summary

Monkey Business
Bad news. Grace Brothers may be bought by the Japanese. The staff take their problems to Number Ten, where they contact President Reagan by the phone. Mrs. Thatcher gets fashion tips from Mr. Humphries.

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    John D. Collins

    John D. Collins

    Secretary at Number Ten

    Guest Star

    Rusty Goffe

    Rusty Goffe


    Guest Star

    Jan Ravens

    Jan Ravens

    Voice of Mrs. Thatcher

    Guest Star

    Candy Davis

    Candy Davis

    Miss Belfridge

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Mr Harman: (after Miss Belfridge accidentally flashes her underwear) You've just made a happy man feel very old.

      • Mrs Slocombe: I always keep a couple of pound notes tucked away in my knickers, just for emergencies. Unfortunately, last week I had an emergency.
        Mr Humphries: What happened?
        Mrs Slocombe: The elastic broke.

      • Mrs Slocombe: It shall be succinct and to the point.
        Mr Humphries: All very well, but what are you going to say?
        Mrs Slocombe: Give us your money, Jug Ears, or else!

      • Mrs Slocombe: Mr Humphries can be a Minister without a ... thingamebob.
        Mr Humphries: I beg your pardon?
        Mr Harman: Portfoli-ho.
        Mrs Slocombe: That's the word I was looking for.
        Mr Humphries: I'm glad you found it.

      • Mrs Slocombe: We must do something that they can't forgive us for.
        Mr Humphries: I've often done that, but I've always been forgiven. Mind you, it was always the same vicar.

      • Mr Humphries: If my mother sees me camping on the doorstep of Number Ten she'll never be able to show her face at bingo again!

      • Captain Peacock: (in No 10 Downing Street) Lloyd George keeping secret that his secretary was also his mistress. I wonder what words were used when they were alone in this room.
        Miss Brahms: It's not as big as I thought it would be.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Actor Rusty Goffe, who played the monkey, played an Oompa Loompa in the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and gives an interview on the special edition DVD of that film.

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