Yes, Prime Minister

Season 1 Episode 7

The Bishop's Gambit

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 20, 1986 on BBC Two
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Jim has to choose a new bishop but doesn't like either the Church or Sir Humphrey's choices.

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    Frank Middlemass

    Frank Middlemass

    Master of Balliol College

    Guest Star

    Donald Pickering

    Donald Pickering

    Permanent Secretary to the Foreign Office

    Guest Star

    Ronnie Stevens

    Ronnie Stevens

    Peter Harding

    Guest Star

    Deborah Norton

    Deborah Norton

    Dorothy Wainwright

    Recurring Role

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    • QUOTES (7)

      • Jim Hacker: It doesn't do the Government any good to look heartless and feeble simultaneously. (Turns to Bernard) What do you think Bernard?
        Bernard: Perhaps you could arrange it so that you only look heartless and feeble alternately?

      • Jim Hacker: Is there anyone in the church who doesn't believe in God?
        Sir Humphrey: Yes, most of the Bishops.

      • Jim Hacker: The Foreign Office will never get the Cabinet to agree to this policy.
        Sir Humphrey: The Foreign Office never expects the Cabinet to agree with any of their policies. That is why they never fully explain them.

      • Sir Humphrey: The Queen is inseparable from the Church of England.
        Jim Hacker: And what about God?
        Sir Humphrey: I think he is what is called an optional extra.

      • Sir Humphrey: The PM never thinks it is silly to appoint people who are vain and incompetent. Look at the Cabinet.

      • Sir Humphrey: Bishops tend to have long lives. Apparently the Lord isn't all that keen on them to join him.

      • Sir Humphrey: The Church is looking for a candidate to maintain the balance.
        Master of Baillie College: What balance?
        Sir Humphrey: Between those that believe in God and those that don't.

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