I love this!

Reading old posts and came across this and it still makes me smile.

"Humphrey, I’m appalled!"
"So am I, Minister!"
"The incompetence of it! The stupidity!"
"I agree. I can’t think what came over you!"

The very definition of “frenemies.”


sacrilegious? fandom opinion #393736

  • Paul Eddington is harder to replace than Nigel Hawthorne
  • Because Nigel Hawthorne was fantastic as Sir Humphrey and definitive and I’d never argue otherwise, but the script did a lot for Sir Humphrey
  • While so much of Jim Hacker is in Paul Eddington’s physical performance
  • Like I think Sir Humphrey will endure because a lot of him is on the page, while you need a comedic actor with the deftness of Eddington to not wind up with a Hacker who is too clownish, or too serious, or just a little off/unbelievable

You get no argument from me. They’re obviously both difficult to replace — totally peerless — but Hacker leaves a lot more room open for the actor, for better or (more likely) worse. I also think the fact that he’s a politician, even a reasonably sane one within the confines of comedy, makes the role even more difficult, since we’re predisposed not to side with them. Eddington had quite the enormous task in front of him and he isn’t given enough credit for the part he played (literally) in its success.

"How do they award the Thistle?" "A committee sits on it."

"I have to listen to him! Oh God! On and on and on!”

"I have to listen to him! Oh God! On and on and on!”

(via textsfromwhitehall)

The Tangled Web

Sir Humphrey: So I gather you denied that Mr. Halifax's phone had been bugged.
Hacker: Well, obviously. It was the one question today to which I could give a clear, simple, straightforward, honest answer.
Sir Humphrey: Yes. Unfortunately, although the answer was indeed clear, simple, and straightforward, there is some difficulty in justifiably assigning to it the fourth of the epithets you applied to the statement, inasmuch as the precise correlation between the information you communicated and the facts insofar as they can be determined and demonstrated is such as to cause epistemological problems of sufficient magnitude as to lay upon the logical and semantic resources of the English language a heavier burden than they can reasonably be expected to bear.
Hacker: 'Epistemological'? What are you talking about?

The National Education Service

Sir Humphrey: With respect, Prime Minister, I think that the DES will react with some caution to your rather novel proposal.
Hacker: You mean they'll block it.
Sir Humphrey: I mean they will give it the most serious and urgent consideration and insist on a thorough and rigorous examination of all the proposals allied to a detailed feasibility study and a budget analysis, before producing a consultative document for consideration by all interested bodies, and seeking comments and recommendations to be included in a brief, for a series of working parties, who will produce individual studies which will provide the background for a more wide-ranging document considering whether or not the proposal should be taken forward to the next stage.
Hacker: You mean they'll block it.
Sir Humphrey: Yup.


Yes Minister Bloopers

DEREK! Bernard doesn’t say “shit”!