A major city crisis seems set to rock the Government.
The former Prime Minister is writing his memoirs, which have to be submitted for security clearance. It seems as though one chapter in the book will portray Jim in very bad light.
The Government runs into financial crisis just as MP's and top civil servants are due for a pay rise.
Sir Humphrey tries to manoeuvre Dorothy, Jim's political adviser, out of her office.
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.
As Jim is coached and groomed for a television discussion of his new defence policy, Sir Humphrey is more concerned with what he says than how he says it.
As Prime Minister, Jim's finger is now on the nuclear button. Confused under some tough questioning, he comes up with a surprising Grand design for defence.
Filmed at the legendary Enmore Theatre in Sydney, Tim Minchin's live show contains new songs, new rants, a 9-minute beat poem about a hippy, and just enough of his acclaimed stuff to keep the old fans from rioting.
Jim Hacker is given the responsibility for developing and implementing an "Integrated National Transport Policy." Sir Humphrey explains that the job could turn out to be a bed of nails for the Minister, and endeavours to protect him from such discomfort.
In a re-organisation of government administration, Jim Hacker has the task of reducing local government bureaucracy.
Jim Hacker MP decides there should be more women occupying top jobs in the Civil Service. Eyebrows are raised, particularly those of Sir Humphrey Appleby.
The conflict between politicians and civil servants is brought into focus when both the Minister and Sir Humphrey have to appear before a Select Parliament Committee who scrutinise the function of the Department of Administrative Affairs.
The Minister seems to be having a good day. He makes a decision to restrict the height of a new tower block and visits the children's city farm with media coverage.
Already angry at having his intentions blocked by a directive from the European Economic Community, the Minister is further upset by rumours of a Cabinet reshuffle. Sir Humphrey is equally worried because, if the Minister goes, who will replace him? He decides it is better to have - the devil you know.
Jim Hacker finds himself in the middle of a row over plans for the British Chemical Corporation to manufacture Propanol at their Merseyside factory. The BBC are anxious to go ahead and have a powerful ally in Sir Humphrey. But then the local inhabitants discover that Propanol is similar to a dangerous chemical which has already damaged towns in Europe, and protests begin. While the Minister tries to find a solution acceptable to all parties he finds himself under pressure from every direction, and in disagreement with Sir Humphrey.
The Minister is aghast to discover that his Department is responsible for supplying all the government's electronic surveillance equipment. This is particularly embarrassing because, when in opposition, he had led a campaign against bugging and telephone-tapping. In spite of advice from Sir Humphrey, he decides to take up a stance in defence of the individual's right to privacy. But his efforts to introduce measures to curb the security forces use of the equipment come to a temporary halt when he discovers that he is on a terrorist group's death-list.
At the Ministry of Administrative Affairs the conflict of interests continues. The Minister is concerned about making five per cent cuts in his Department's expenditure, whereas Sir Humphrey sees the effect of government policy on the number of overseas students applying for admission to his old Oxford college as a more critical issue. He also needs the Minister's approval of the Department's recommendations for the Honours List. As usual compromise is never far away.
Based on the play by Joe Orton, this film follows the adventures of two friends who have pulled off a bank robbery and have to hide the loot.
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