History Series / YesMinister

12th Sep '17 7:00:51 AM XFllo
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* MayDecemberRomance: While her age is never explicitly stated, Hacker's wife is definitely significantly younger than her husband. Diana Hoddinott, her actress is 18 years younger than Paul Eddington, who played Hacker. Jim shares birth and death dates with Paul, as does Humphrey with Nigel, so the same can be assumed for all the characters, making Annie 18 years younger than Jim.
** Leading to some gigantic UnfortunateImplications, since Hacker's daughter is played by Gerry Cowper (born 1958) - meaning Annie was, er, thirteen when she had her.
30th Aug '17 12:18:23 PM Steerpike
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*WrongGenreSavvy: "The Tangled Web" shows us that, much as Humphrey might be an expert in political manipulation, he isn't media-savvy at all and doesn't realise that ending an interview isn't the same as switching off the microphone. After his compromising off-the-record chatter gets back to Number 10, Hacker - who has much more experience dealing with the media - is amazed that Humphrey should have fallen for such a basic trick.
27th Aug '17 2:59:12 AM RobTan
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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: In "One Of Us", Hacker happily watches a BBC news broadcast of a positive story planted by Humphrey that is bound to raise his falling approval ratings. As he gets up to turn off the TV, the newsreader says "The pound fell drastically again today..." just before being switched off.

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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: In "One Of Us", Hacker happily watches a BBC news broadcast of a positive story planted by "The Bishop's Gambit", Humphrey that is bound to raise his falling approval ratings. As he gets up to turn off and the TV, Permanent Secretary of the newsreader says Foreign Office watch a news report about a British nurse held prisoner in an Islamic country. Just before Humphrey turns the TV off, the newsreaderis heard saying "The pound fell drastically again today..." just before being switched off.had another bad day..."
21st Aug '17 7:14:43 PM LeeM
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--->'''Sir Humphrey''' British democracy recognises that you need a system to protect the important things of life, and keep them out of the hands of the barbarians. Things like the opera, Radio Three, the countryside, the law, the universities ... both of them.

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--->'''Sir Humphrey''' British democracy recognises that you need a system to protect the important things of life, and keep them out of the hands of the barbarians. Things like the opera, Radio Three, Three[[note]]TheBBC's "highbrow" radio channel, offering classical music and "serious" drama[[/note]], the countryside, the law, the universities ... both of them.
21st Aug '17 11:24:10 AM Steerpike
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** Leading to some gigantic UnfortunateImplications, since Hacker's daughter is played by Gerry Cowper (born 1958) - meaning Annie was, er, thirteen when she had her.
15th Aug '17 6:14:11 AM RobTan
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* DawsonCasting: Bernard's age is never stated on screen, but various hints suggest he's supposed to be a fairly young rookie civil servant, probably in his late twenties, much younger than Derek Fowlds at the time.
15th Aug '17 6:11:50 AM RobTan
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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: In "One Of Us", Hacker happily watches a BBC news broadcast of a positive story planted by Humphrey that is bound to raise his falling approval ratings. As he gets up to turn off the TV, the newsreader says "The pound fell drastically again today..." just before being switched off.
4th Aug '17 8:52:25 PM ApeAccount
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** Also see FunWithAcronyms below.
28th Jul '17 6:51:10 PM gravious
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* AnswersToTheNameOfGod:
-->'''Bernard:''' ''(reacting in terror as Humphrey suddenly storms into the room)'' Oh God!
-->'''Humphrey:''' ''(furiously)'' No Bernard, it's just your boss.


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* BreakTheHaughty: Humphrey is served up a particularly delicious slice of this in "The Key".
28th Jul '17 8:41:14 AM OlfinBedwere
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* DemotedToExtra: Vic Gould, the government's Chief Whip, was originally supposed to be a regular character and Sir Humphrey's opposite number, who would try and terrify Hacker into getting the government's policies pushed through his department. Due the the cast being too large and the writers finding his character one-dimensional, however, he never made it past the pilot episode (outside of a small part in "The Whiskey Priest," and even then only because the script had Hacker meeting the Chief Whip, and the actor who played Gould happened to be available).



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first episode, filmed before a full series was commissioned, features very different opening and closing credits to the rest of the series, with somewhat more realistic line drawings of Eddington, Hawthorne, and Fowlds (as well as Diane Hoddinott as Annie Hacker) and a brass-heavy theme tune. Only in the second episode were the more familiar giant-nosed Gerald Scarfe caricatures and string rendition of the Westminster chimes (with French horn countermelody and "wacka-chicka" guitar) introduced.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first episode, filmed before a full series was commissioned, features very different opening and closing credits to the rest of the series, with somewhat more realistic line drawings of Eddington, Hawthorne, and Fowlds (as well as Diane Hoddinott as Annie Hacker) Hacker, Neil Fitzwilliam as Frank Weisel and Edward Jewesbury as Vic Gould) and a brass-heavy theme tune. Only in the second episode were the more familiar giant-nosed Gerald Scarfe caricatures and string rendition of the Westminster chimes (with French horn countermelody and "wacka-chicka" guitar) introduced.



* PutOnABus:
** Frank Weisel, Hacker's political advisor in the first series of ''Yes, Minister'', was written out of the show by the end of that season because the authors couldn't find much use for his overtly political character in a show that was supposed to focus on the conflict between government and administration.
** The same thing happened to Vic Gould, the government's Chief Whip, who was originally supposed to be Sir Humphrey's opposite number, and would try and terrify Hacker into getting the government's policies pushed through his department. The writers found him to be too one-dimensional though, meaning that he never even made it past the pilot episode (outside of a small part in "The Whiskey Priest," and even then only because the script had Hacker meeting the Chief Whip, and the actor who played Gould happened to be available).

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* PutOnABus:
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PutOnABus: Frank Weisel, Hacker's political advisor in the first series of ''Yes, Minister'', was written out of the show by the end of that season because the authors couldn't find much use for his overtly political character in a show that was supposed to focus on the conflict between government and administration.
** The same thing happened to Vic Gould, the government's Chief Whip, who was originally supposed to be Sir Humphrey's opposite number, and would try and terrify Hacker into getting the government's policies pushed through his department. The writers found him to be too one-dimensional though, meaning that he never even made it past the pilot episode (outside of a small part in "The Whiskey Priest," and even then only because the script had Hacker meeting the Chief Whip, and the actor who played Gould happened to be available).
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