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Yes, Prime Minister

Season 1 Episode 5

A Real Partnership

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 13, 1986 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

Sir Humphrey tries to get his scheduled pay raise even though increases for MPs have been put on hold for budgetary reasons.

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    Peter Cellier

    Peter Cellier

    Sir Frank Gordon

    Guest Star

    John Nettleton

    John Nettleton

    Sir Arnold Robinson

    Guest Star

    Diana Hoddinott

    Diana Hoddinott

    Annie Hacker

    Guest Star

    Deborah Norton

    Deborah Norton

    Dorothy Wainwright the PM's Political Adviser

    Recurring Role

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    • QUOTES (4)

      • Jim Hacker: You are the Cabinet Secretary. You must insist that we get papers circulated earlier.
        Sir Humphrey: Alas, there are grave problems about circulating papers before they are written.

      • Jim Hacker: Now look, I realise that you have to have loyalty to your colleagues, but you also have a broader loyalty to Cabinet and its policies.
        Sir Humphrey: I agree.
        Jim Hacker: You agree?
        Sir Humphrey: Yes.
        Jim Hacker: You agree ... with me?
        Sir Humphrey: I agree with you.
        Jim Hacker: Who do you agree with?
        Sir Humphrey: With you.
        Jim Hacker: Not with Sir Frank?
        Sir Humphrey: No.
        Jim Hacker: You're not arguing with me?
        Sir Humphrey: No... Perhaps I haven't made myself quite clear. I agree with you.

      • Sir Humphrey: Prime Minister, as Cabinet Secretary I am, of course, most eager to reduce public spending, but a Head of the Civil Service, I am responsible for the very real dangers which will arise administratively if a pay rise does not come through very soon. It's so difficult for me, you see, as I am wearing two hats.
        Jim Hacker: Yes, isn't that rather awkward for you?
        Sir Humphrey: Not if one is in two minds.
        Bernard Woolley: Or has two faces.
        Jim Hacker: Perhaps I should relieve you of one of them?
        Sir Humphrey: Oh no, no, no. I am perfectly happy with both of them.
        Jim Hacker: Faces?
        Sir Humphrey: Hats!

      • Jim Hacker: If there were a conflict of interests, which side will the Civil Service really be on?
        Bernard Woolley: The winning side, Prime Minister.

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