Yes Minister

Season 2 Episode 2

Doing the Honours

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 02, 1981 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

When Jim learns that he can block civil servant's honours, he blackmails them into cutting their budgets, but when he hears that he might be in line for an honorary degree, he has to back down.

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    Frank Middlemass

    Frank Middlemass

    Master of Baillie College

    Guest Star

    William Fox

    William Fox

    Bursar of Baillie College

    Guest Star

    John Nettleton

    John Nettleton

    Sir Arnold Robinson Cabinet Secretary

    Guest Star

    John Pennington

    John Pennington

    Civil Servant at Meeting

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Bursar of Baillie College: Isaac Wolfson is only the second person in history to have a college named after him at both Oxford and Cambridge.

        In fact, he is the third person. The first two are Jesus Christ and St John the Baptist.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Hacker: What has Sir Arnold to fear, anyway? He's got all the honours he could want, surely.
        Bernard: Well, naturally he has his 'G'.
        Hacker: 'G'?
        Bernard: Yes, you get your 'G' after your 'K'.
        Hacker: You speak in riddles, Bernard.
        Bernard: Well, take the Foreign Office. First, you get the CMG, then the KCMG, then the GCMG. The Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, Knight Commander of St. Michael and St. George, Knight Grand Cross of St. Michael and St. George. Of course, in the service, CMG stands for "Call Me God." And KCMG for "Kindly Call Me God."
        Hacker: What does GCMG stand for?
        Bernard: "God Calls Me God."

      • Humphrey: Minister, if you block honours pending economies, your might create a dangerous precident.
        Hacker: You mean, that if we do the right thing this time we might have to do the right thing again next time?

      • Jim Hacker: When did a civil servant last refuse an honour?
        Bernard Woolley: Well I think there was somebody in the Treasury that refused a Knighthood.
        Jim: Good God. When?
        Bernard: I think it was 1496.
        Jim: Why?
        Bernard: He had already got one.

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