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.
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James Hacker is the British Minister for Administrative Affairs. He tries to do something and cut government waste, but he is continually held back by the smart and wily Permanent Secretary of the Department, Sir Humphrey Appleby. Private secretary Bernard Woolley is caught in the middle, between his political master, and his civil service boss. Written by
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Clever and hilarious portray of political corruption
This British series has been a perennial favourite in Canada, where I saw it, due no doubt to the similar Parliamentary form of government. Nigel Hawthorne, as the consummate slippery civil servant, is wonderful, a perfect foil for the politician on the make played by Paul Eddington. On of my favorite exchanges involved the Minister berating his Permanent Secretary for some particularly cynical manipulation: "If you believe that, Humphrey, then when you die, you will go to Hell." A suitably awful pause, then Humphrey smoothly replies, "Ah, Church of England question." There never really were any heroes in this series - everyone had a price. The writers' message seemed to be that contact with politics would always involve touching pitch, and in the words of Falstaff, "this pitch, as ancient authors do report, doth defile." But the wit and cleverness of this series could make even corruption something to laugh at.
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