History Series / YesMinister

23rd Nov '15 7:05:16 PM IlGreven
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* WolfInSheepsClothing: Sir Humphrey's plan to get Hacker to doubt his initial appointment to the Bank of England in "A Conflict of Interest" (a man who he believes would expose their cover up of a serious banking scandal) is to express full and unwavering support of the appointment. "After all, it is necessary to get behind someone before you can stab them in the back."
9th Nov '15 8:11:41 AM laserviking42
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** Not to mention Hacker's tendency to lapse into Churchill like speeches, complete with intonation and accent, whenever contemplating the supposedly great works he's about to undertake.
25th Oct '15 5:06:29 AM DoctorNemesis
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* GunboatDiplomacy: In "The Official Visit", after getting caught up in a foreign policy mess regarding a speech by a visiting African leader likely to prove greatly embarrassing to Her Majesty The Queen, a Foreign Office official remarks that in the old days of Empire it was the sort of thing that would be resolved by sending a gunboat in to scare everyone straight. After a brief chuckle from everyone present, Hacker remarks that "I suppose that ''is'' out of the question," in a tone which clearly suggests he's hoping it might not be. Everyone looks at him like he's grown a second head.
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* GunboatDiplomacy: In "The Official Visit", after getting caught up in a foreign policy mess regarding a speech by a visiting African leader likely to prove greatly embarrassing to Her Majesty The Queen, a Foreign Office official remarks that in the old days of Empire empire it was the sort of thing that would be resolved by sending a gunboat in as a show of force to scare everyone straight. After a brief chuckle from everyone present, Hacker remarks that "I suppose that ''is'' out of the question," in a tone which clearly suggests he's hoping it might not be. Everyone looks at him like he's grown a second head. Not least because Humphrey had pointed out that military action would be seen as a massive overreaction mere minutes before.
25th Oct '15 4:58:48 AM DoctorNemesis
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* GunboatDiplomacy: In "The Official Visit", after getting caught up in a foreign policy mess regarding a speech by a visiting African leader likely to prove greatly embarrassing to Her Majesty The Queen, a foreign official remarks that in the old days of Empire it was the sort of thing that would be resolved by sending a gunboat in to scare everyone straight. After a brief chuckle from everyone present, Hacker remarks that "I suppose that ''is'' out of the question," in a tone which clearly suggests he's hoping it might not be. Everyone looks at him like he's grown a second head.
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* GunboatDiplomacy: In "The Official Visit", after getting caught up in a foreign policy mess regarding a speech by a visiting African leader likely to prove greatly embarrassing to Her Majesty The Queen, a foreign Foreign Office official remarks that in the old days of Empire it was the sort of thing that would be resolved by sending a gunboat in to scare everyone straight. After a brief chuckle from everyone present, Hacker remarks that "I suppose that ''is'' out of the question," in a tone which clearly suggests he's hoping it might not be. Everyone looks at him like he's grown a second head.
25th Oct '15 4:58:01 AM DoctorNemesis
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* GunboatDiplomacy: After getting caught up in a foreign policy mess about to cause substantial embarrassment and hearing about this trope being the approach in the "old days," Hacker briefly questions whether it is, absolutely, out of the question, much to the shock of his colleagues. ** He actually states himself that 'it is of course completely out of question', what causes others to look at him in disbelief. Makes sense given that few lines earlier Humphrey says that such grave decision as declaration of war would be still plausible but embarrassing, as 'others would think that we're overreacting'.
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* GunboatDiplomacy: After In "The Official Visit", after getting caught up in a foreign policy mess about regarding a speech by a visiting African leader likely to cause substantial embarrassment and hearing about this trope being the approach prove greatly embarrassing to Her Majesty The Queen, a foreign official remarks that in the "old days," old days of Empire it was the sort of thing that would be resolved by sending a gunboat in to scare everyone straight. After a brief chuckle from everyone present, Hacker briefly questions whether it is, absolutely, remarks that "I suppose that ''is'' out of the question, much to the shock of his colleagues. ** He actually states himself that 'it is of course completely out of question', what causes others to look question," in a tone which clearly suggests he's hoping it might not be. Everyone looks at him in disbelief. Makes sense given that few lines earlier Humphrey says that such grave decision as declaration of war would be still plausible but embarrassing, as 'others would think that we're overreacting'.like he's grown a second head.
25th Oct '15 4:44:50 AM DoctorNemesis
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* ProperlyParanoid: Hacker is often convinced that the actions of anyone involved in government are part of some political plot. Probably because they almost always are.
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* ProperlyParanoid: Hacker is often convinced that the actions of anyone involved in government are part of some political plot.plot against him personally. Probably because they almost always are.
25th Oct '15 4:36:28 AM DoctorNemesis
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** In "Doing the Honours", after Hacker's plan to ensure Civil Service cooperation with his plans by threatening to withhold his departmental recommendations for the current Honours list starts to spread, Sir Arnold calls Sir Humphrey in for a chat. During their conversation, Sir Arnold genially informs Humphrey that "I'm not reprimanding you, I don't have all the facts" but that, should Humphrey fail to get the plan scorched, people might start to wonder whether Humphrey was "sound". Humphrey leaves the meeting looking like someone's worked him over with a two-by-four. Later lampshaded by Bernard and Hacker when they gossip about it; Hacker describes the conversation as "a real punch-up".
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** In "Doing the Honours", after Hacker's plan to ensure Civil Service cooperation with his plans by threatening to withhold his departmental recommendations for the current Honours list starts to spread, Sir Arnold calls Sir Humphrey in for a chat. During their conversation, Sir Arnold genially informs Humphrey that "I'm not reprimanding you, I don't have all the facts" but mildly expresses concern that, should Humphrey fail to get the plan scorched, people might start to wonder whether Humphrey was "sound". Humphrey leaves the meeting looking like someone's worked him over with a two-by-four. Later lampshaded by Bernard and Hacker when they gossip about it; Hacker describes the conversation as "a real punch-up".
22nd Oct '15 10:04:37 PM PaulA
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* AntiquatedLinguistics: I inquire of your presence to place your distracted attention from the apparatus to which you view these aptly pages to a passage of text spoken before from another character. Sir Humphrey often used this technique to obfuscate issues, or, ironically, when he was having a hard time saying something. Similar to SesquipedalianLoquaciousness because of its usage. ** As seen above, Sir Humphrey's wish of "Happy Christmas" in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vShJa6GobFQ this Christmas sketch]].
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* AntiquatedLinguistics: AntiquatedLinguistics: ** I inquire of your presence to place your distracted attention from the apparatus to which you view these aptly pages to a passage of text spoken before from another character. Sir Humphrey often used this technique to obfuscate issues, or, ironically, when he was having a hard time saying something. Similar to SesquipedalianLoquaciousness because of its usage. ** As seen above, Sir Humphrey's wish of "Happy Christmas" in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vShJa6GobFQ this Christmas sketch]].

* BadBoss: It's stated in the series and [[AllThereInTheManual especially the books]] that Hacker and the then [[NoNameGiven Prime Minister]] had a somewhat adversarial relationship (Hacker having run a rival contender's in-party campaign for nomination as Prime Minister and while they lost to the PM, he still holds a grudge). Indeed, it's stated that the reason Hacker was appointed to the Department of Administrative Affairs when he'd been the Shadow Agriculture Minister for seven years was because the DAA was considered [[KickedUpstairs a unglamorous political graveyard]] (That and the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture had begged not to have him – he'd have known too much!). Indeed early in the series the PM comes close to abolishing the entire department – and by extension Hackers career altogether. However there is a turning point in their relationship where the PM becomes ''slightly'' more of a BenevolentBoss (see corresponding example).
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* BadBoss: It's stated in the series and [[AllThereInTheManual especially the books]] that Hacker and the then [[NoNameGiven Prime Minister]] had a somewhat adversarial relationship (Hacker having run a rival contender's in-party campaign for nomination as Prime Minister and while they lost to the PM, he still holds a grudge). Indeed, it's stated that the reason Hacker was appointed to the Department of Administrative Affairs when he'd been the Shadow Agriculture Minister for seven years was because the DAA was considered [[KickedUpstairs a unglamorous political graveyard]] (That and the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture had begged not to have him – he'd have known too much!). Indeed early in the series the PM comes close to abolishing the entire department – and by extension Hackers career altogether. However there is a turning point in their relationship where the PM becomes ''slightly'' more of a BenevolentBoss (see corresponding example).BenevolentBoss.

* TheBarnum: Sir Humphrey is a former co-TropeNamer.
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* TheBarnum: Sir Humphrey is a former co-TropeNamer.Humphrey's whole approach to his job.

* BenevolentBoss: The change comes when during a official inquiry into civil service waste and inefficiency, Hacker and Humphrey manage to do a pretty good job of covering up the problems or at least stalling despite massive evidence against them. Hacker is called in for a private word with one of the PM's enforcers, who points out that the PM actually ''wants'' the truth to come out, and is annoyed by how well he's covering for the civil service. Hacker is faced with a [[TitleDrop Question Of Loyalty]] he can either further antagonize the PM, or likely burn bridges at his own department. In a blaze of glory, he chooses to reveal all. Humphrey is furious and certain it's the death knell of Hacker's career. However the PM is ''delighted'', and sends him a hand written note inviting him and his family for Sunday Lunch at Chequers in political terms a priceless reward. Whilst he never completely loses his fear of the PM, from this point in the series until Hacker becomes PM himself following the latter's retirement, it's implied after this point that they get on much more amicably, and several new powers and possible promotions are sent his way. The only other times they come close to clashing are all caused by outside influences, and don't amount to anything anyway.
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* BenevolentBoss: The change from the PM being a BadBoss comes when during a official inquiry into civil service waste and inefficiency, Hacker and Humphrey manage to do a pretty good job of covering up the problems or at least stalling despite massive evidence against them. Hacker is called in for a private word with one of the PM's enforcers, who points out that the PM actually ''wants'' the truth to come out, and is annoyed by how well he's covering for the civil service. Hacker is faced with a [[TitleDrop Question Of Loyalty]] he can either further antagonize the PM, or likely burn bridges at his own department. In a blaze of glory, he chooses to reveal all. Humphrey is furious and certain it's the death knell of Hacker's career. However the PM is ''delighted'', and sends him a hand written note inviting him and his family for Sunday Lunch at Chequers in political terms a priceless reward. Whilst he never completely loses his fear of the PM, from this point in the series until Hacker becomes PM himself following the latter's retirement, it's implied after this point that they get on much more amicably, and several new powers and possible promotions are sent his way. The only other times they come close to clashing are all caused by outside influences, and don't amount to anything anyway.

* CastingGag: Michael Aldridge (who'd played the head of [=MI6=] in ''Series/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy'') as the head of [=MI5=]. Both stories involve the revelation that a senior member of British Intelligence was a Russian mole.

* ChristmasEpisode: The "Party Games" special. ** As seen above, Sir Humphrey's wish of "Happy Christmas" in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vShJa6GobFQ this Christmas sketch]].
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* ChristmasEpisode: ChristmasEpisode: ** The "Party Games" special. ** As seen above, Sir Humphrey's wish of "Happy Christmas" in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vShJa6GobFQ this Christmas sketch]].

* FacialDialogue: Paul Eddington (Hacker) had a talent for this that has yet to be matched in any other series (see HarpoDoesSomethingFunny for further details).
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* FacialDialogue: Paul Eddington (Hacker) had a talent for this that has yet to be matched in any other series (see HarpoDoesSomethingFunny for further details).series. It has been reported that after this became apparent, the scriptwriters would sometimes give him a choice of saying a line or remaining silent and letting his face convey the same information.

* INeedAFreakingDrink: Hacker, fairly often. See also DrowningMySorrows.
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* INeedAFreakingDrink: Hacker, fairly often. See also DrowningMySorrows.

* NapoleonDelusion: When Hacker finds out that he's to be Prime Minister, his first reaction is silent incredulity, then fear, then awe, until finally he squares his jaw, sticks his hand inside his jacket and stares off heroically into the middle distance, as this trope. See HarpoDoesSomethingFunny.
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* NapoleonDelusion: When Hacker finds out that he's to be Prime Minister, his first reaction is silent incredulity, then fear, then awe, until finally he squares his jaw, sticks his hand inside his jacket and stares off heroically into the middle distance, as this trope. See HarpoDoesSomethingFunny.

* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Prime Ministers in this case. We start with Prime Minister Invisible (as above); throughout his career, Hacker himself is a variable mix of Prime Ministers Personable and Focus Group, with the "Focus Group" bit getting slightly weaker over time. Towards the end of the series, he picks up some definite Prime Minister Iron tendencies (sometimes).
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* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Prime Ministers in this case. We start with Prime Minister Invisible (as above); Invisible; throughout his career, Hacker himself is a variable mix of Prime Ministers Personable and Focus Group, with the "Focus Group" bit getting slightly weaker over time. Towards the end of the series, he picks up some definite Prime Minister Iron tendencies (sometimes).

* PluckyComicRelief: Bernard to a certain degree, a very slight degree as he was more than just the comic relief. Often seemed to have the funny thing to say at the least appropriate times as well as his acting out of animals or to visually show Hacker why his metaphors were wrong (see this clip [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnaZQYPd_40#t=126s "The Challenge"]], in this case it was actually Sir Humphrey) and also see {{Metaphorgotten}} example above. Often found puncturing a hole in tension you could cut with a knife.
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* PluckyComicRelief: Bernard to a certain degree, a very slight degree as he was more than just the comic relief. Often seemed to have the funny thing to say at the least appropriate times as well as his acting out of animals or to visually show Hacker why his metaphors were wrong (see this clip [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnaZQYPd_40#t=126s "The Challenge"]], in this case it was actually Sir Humphrey) and also see {{Metaphorgotten}} example above.Humphrey). Often found puncturing a hole in tension you could cut with a knife.
11th Oct '15 2:48:04 AM Mythros
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In 2010, a updated stage version of ''Yes, Prime Minister'' proved to be highly successful (with the actor playing Sir Humphrey getting applauded after pulling off two particularly long Humphreyisms). The play was still running in the West End as of mid-2012, and a new TV version was ordered by the British cable network Gold, airing for six episodes in 2013.
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In 2010, a an updated stage version of ''Yes, Prime Minister'' proved to be highly successful (with the actor playing Sir Humphrey getting applauded after pulling off two particularly long Humphreyisms). The play was still running in the West End as of mid-2012, and a new TV version was ordered by the British cable network Gold, airing for six episodes in 2013.
16th Aug '15 8:56:14 PM Oddstar6
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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: In "Party Games," Hacker becomes visibly and genuinely upset when he things Humphrey is dying, and then, at the end of the episode, Humphrey is beaming with happiness and pride when he addresses Hacker as Prime Minister for the first time.
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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: In "Party Games," Hacker becomes visibly and genuinely upset when he things thinks Humphrey is dying, and then, at the end of the episode, Humphrey is beaming with happiness and pride when he addresses Hacker as Prime Minister for the first time.
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