Yes Minister

Season 1 Episode 5

The Writing on the Wall

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 24, 1980 on BBC Two
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A rumor starts that Jim's department is about to be axed. So with help from Sir Humphrey, they try and defeat the Prime Minister's plans.

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    John Savident

    John Savident

    Sir Frederick 'Jumbo' Stewart

    Guest Star

    Neil Fitzwilliam

    Neil Fitzwilliam

    Frank Weisel

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    Tenniel Evans

    Tenniel Evans

    The Foreign Secretary

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      • Jim Hacker: I think this Europass issue is the biggest disaster for the government since I was asked to join the cabinet.

      • Jim: I'm appalled.
        Humphrey: You're appalled? I'm appalled.
        Jim: I - I just can't believe it, I'm - I'm appalled! What do you make of it Bernard?
        Bernard: I'm appalled, minister...
        Jim: So am I. Appalled!

        *Short pause*
        Humphrey: It's appalling!
        Jim: Appalling... I just don't know how to describe it.
        Bernard: Appalling?
        Jim: Appalling!

      • Sir Frederick 'Jumbo' Stewart: We should never let ministers get so deeply involved. Once they start writing the draft, the next thing we know they'll be dictating policy.

      • Jim: So when this next comes up at Question Time, you want me to tell Parliament that it's their fault that the Civil Service is too big?
        Sir Humphrey: But it is the truth, Minister.
        Jim: I don't want the truth. I want something I can tell Parliament!

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