Yes Minister

Season 1 Episode 6

The Right to Know

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 31, 1980 on BBC Two



  • Trivia

    • This is the only episode of Yes, Minister that features Lucy Hacker, the daughter of the Minister. You only hear about once more in Yes, Prime Minister.

  • Quotes

    • Sir Humphrey: Minister, I have something to say to you, which you may not like to hear.
      Jim Hacker: Why should today be any different?
      Sir Humphrey: Minister, the traditional allocation of executive responsibilities has always been so determined, as to liberate the ministerial incumbent from the administrative minutae, by devolving managerial functions to those whose experience and qualifications have better formed them for the performance of such humble offices, thereby releasing their political overlords for the more onerous duties and profound delibrations which are the inevitable concomitant of their exalted position.
      Jim Hacker: Now whatever make you think I wouldn't want to hear that?
      Sir Humphrey: Well, I thought it might upset you.
      Jim Hacker: How could it? I didn't understand a single word. Humphrey for God's sake, for once in your life, put it into plain English.
      Sir Humphrey: If you insist. You are not here to run this department.

    • (Referring to the Minister)
      Bernard Woolley: Why shouldn't he be allowed to know things if he wants to?
      Sir Frederick 'Jumbo' Stewart: Silly boy!

    • Lucy Hacker: It's because the badgers don't have votes, isn't it?
      Jim Hacker: Eh?
      Lucy Hacker: If the badgers had votes, you wouldn't be exterminating them. No, you'd be up there at Hayward Spinney, shaking paws and kissing cubs. Ingratiating yourself the way you always do!
      Annie Hacker: Lucy, that's not a very nice thing to say.
      Lucy Hacker: It's true, isn't it?
      Annie Hacker: Yes, but Daddy's in politics. He has to be ingratiating.

    • Annie Hacker: Darling, how did you get to become a Cabinet Minister? You're such a clot.

    • Jim Hacker: Humphrey, do you see it as part of your job to help ministers make fools of themselves?
      Sir Humphrey Appleby: Well, I never met one that needed any help.

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