Jim Hacker MP has been Minister for Administrative affairs long
enough to know the unspoken rules of the game. He must come up with
fresh ideas to show the electorate he is successful. His permanent
secretary, the urbane Sir Humphrey is there to make sure they never
come fruition, while poor Bernard (private secretary) must sit uneasily
on the fence between them
The Grand Design
As Prime Minister, Jim's finger is on the nuclear button. Confused
over some tough questions, he comes up with a surprising Grand Design
The Ministerial Broadcast
As Jim is coached and groomed for a television speech of his new
defence policy, Sir Humphrey is more concerned with what he says
than how he says it.
The Smoke Screen
When Jim decides to champion his Health Minister's plan to abolish
smoking by excessive taxation, a horrified Sir Humphrey calls in
the tobacco lobby to prevent it.
A territorial battle between Sir Humphrey and Dorothy Wainwright,
the PM's political advisor, reminds Jim that his Cabinet Secretary
may have too much power. But Sir Humphrey is not about to have his
A Real Partnership
A governmental financial crisis collides with plans for a Civil
Service pay rise. Sir Humphrey has to summon all his skills to get
past a well informed PM.
A Victory for Democracy
Is the Foreign Office carrying out government policy or is the government
there to carry out Foreign Office policy? Hacker is about to find
The Bishops Gambit
When a British nurse is given ten years and forty lashes in Qumran,
the PM has to decide whether to be heartless or mindless. He also
has to appoint a bishop, a non-to-easy choice.
One of Us
While a sheepdog, trapped on an artillery range, is stealing the
PM's headlines, MI5 is dropping a bombshell. The recently deceased
Head of MI5 turns out to be a Russian spy - worse still, Sir Humphrey
headed the Committee of Enquiry...