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Yes, Prime Minister
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Series 1 - Episode 1
The Grand Design
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As Jim Hacker (Paul Eddington) settles in to 10 Downing Street in this superb series from 1986, he makes a horrifying discovery: there’s nobody to cook him lunch. Almost as bad, he realises that while he has the power to press the nuclear button, he’s not sure he’ll know when to press it. On top of which he’s told it probably won’t work when he does.
So, courageously, he decides to cancel Trident. Cabinet secretary Sir Humphrey (Nigel Hawthorne) is used to “masterly inactivity” from PMs, so this prompts one of those wonderful nonsensical speeches that made this series so special. A classic – and it’s as relevant today as ever.
On his arrival at Number 10, Jim Hacker is confronted by a confusing nuclear deterrent problem, made more difficult by Sir Humphrey's constant meddling. The new PM soon realises his powers do not stretch to domestic affairs. Political comedy, starring Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne.
Cast & Crew
Sir Humphrey Appleby
Chief of Defence Staff
Chief Scientific Advisor
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