Fridays | 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT (concludes Friday, Aug. 29, 2014)
Anyone who has ever fallen foul of officialdom, red tape or vote-seeking politicians will love this satirical comedy, a worldwide favourite seen in over 80 countries. During its heyday, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher used to send to the BBC for a video whenever she missed an episode. The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms – or so he thinks. He is totally unprepared for the deviousness of his Permanent Under-Secretary. Sir Humphrey Appleby has a long and distinguished career of putting politicians in their place and knows exactly how to confuse and manipulate the hapless Hacker.
Friday, July 18 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT - Jim Hacker wins a seat in the election and is given a cabinet post in the new government.
Friday, July 25 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT - When the leader of an African country is killed in a coup, his successor – Jim’s old school “chum” – comes in his place, and a £50 million deal to help buy oil exploration equipment is negotiated.
Friday, August 1 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT - Jim Hacker is determined to reduce the Civil Service, but he is frustrated by Sir Humphrey, and the only numbers he can alter are the numbers of tea ladies.
Friday, August 8 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT - When the Government is planning to introduce a national database, Jim wants to bring in safe guards. Sir Humphrey stalls until, with some help from the opposition, Jim gets his way.
Friday, August 15 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT - A rumour starts that Jim’s department is about to be axed. With help from Sir Humphrey, they try and defeat the Prime Minister’s plans.
Friday, August 22 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT - Jim faces rebellion at home and in the office over the removal of protected status from a badger habitat, while he tries to circumvent Sir Humphrey’s efforts to keep him ignorant of things.
Friday, August 29 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT - Jim turns to a banker to rescue a doomed building project.