TV Series | TV-PG | | Comedy
The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms, or so he thinks.
A great fan of the series, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wrote a sketch for the show with Press Secretary Bernard Ingham, which was recorded and aired as part of the 1984 National Viewers and Listeners Awards. The sketch featured Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne, both of whom are talking to the Prime Minister (played by Thatcher) about her notion to abolish economists. However, Eddington and Hawthorne did not want to do it and were pressurised into taking part.
They have the right to know!
Sir Humphrey Appleby: No, they have the right to be ignorant. Knowledge implies complicity, ignorance has a certain Dignity.
During the train sequence in "The Official Visit", a close-up shows that the warning notice on the wall is written in gibberish.
The pilot version of the first episode, "Open Government", was released on the UK DVD release of Series 1. It differs from the broadcast version in having different, cheaper-looking titles and different theme music.
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