Yes, Prime Minister

Season 1 Episode 3

The Smoke Screen

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 23, 1986 on BBC Two
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Jim favors abolishing smoking through heavy taxation but runs into strong opposition from the tobacco lobby and the Treasury department.

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    Nigel Hawthorne

    Nigel Hawthorne

    Sir Humphrey Appleby

    John Nettleton

    John Nettleton

    Sir Arnold Robinson

    Paul Eddington

    Paul Eddington

    Rt Hon James Hacker

    Derek Fowlds

    Derek Fowlds

    Bernard Woolley

    Diana Hoddinott

    Diana Hoddinott

    Annie Hacker

    Clive Merrison

    Clive Merrison

    Dr Peter Thorne Minister of the DHSS

    Guest Star

    Bill Wallis

    Bill Wallis

    Leslie Potts Minister of Sport

    Guest Star

    Peter Cellier

    Peter Cellier

    Sir Frank Gordon Permanent Secretary to the Treasury

    Guest Star

    Deborah Norton

    Deborah Norton

    Dorothy Wainwright

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    • QUOTES (6)

      • Jim Hacker: (Talking about the Chancellor of the Exchequer) He's got to learn to come to heel. He's got to learn to co-operate.
        Bernard: What do you mean, co-operate?
        Jim Hacker: I mean obey my commands.
        Bernard: I see.
        Jim Hacker: That's what co-operate means when you're Prime Minister.
        (A little later)
        Bernard: Sir Humphrey is waiting to see you outside.
        Jim Hacker: Send him in. At once.
        Bernard: Yes, Prime Minister. Your word is my co-operation.

      • Sir Humphrey: Prime Minister, I must warn you of the difficulties. I foresee all sorts of unforeseen problems.
        Jim Hacker: Such as?
        Sir Humphrey: If I could foresee them, they wouldn't be unforeseen.

      • Sir Humphrey: Notwithstanding the fact that your proposal could conceivably encompass concomitant benefits of a marginal peripheral relevance, there is a countervailing consideration of infinitely superior magnitude, involving your personal complicity and corroborative malfeasance, with the consequence that the taint and stigma of your former associations and diversions could irredeemably and irretrievably invalidate your position, and culminate in public revelations and recriminations of a profoundly embarrassing and ultimately indefensible character.

      • Sir Humphrey: Taxation isn't about what you need.
        Jim Hacker: Oh, what is it about?
        Sir Humphrey: Prime Minister, the Treasury doesn't work out what they need to spend and then think how to raise the money.
        Jim Hacker: What does it do?
        Sir Humphrey: They pitch for as much as they think they can get away with and then think what to spend it on.

      • Jim Hacker: These figures are just guesses.
        Sir Humphrey: No, they are government stats... they're facts.

      • Jim Hacker: Humphrey, we are talking about 100,000 deaths a year.
        Sir Humphrey: Yes, but cigarette taxes pay for a third of the cost of the National Health Service. We are saving many more lives than we otherwise could because of those smokers who voluntary lay down their lives for their friends. Smokers are national benefactors.

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