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Antiquary, The
Book by Sir Walter Scott mentioned by Bernard in the YPM episode The Key. The use of the expression "but me no buts" was popularized by this book.
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BBC News
Television news program on the BBC. Appears in the YM episodes The Official Visit, The Compassionate Society and The Greasy Pole.
 
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Television and radio network in Britain funded by a license fee UK citizens with a TV have to pay. It has no commercials between programs, and is thought of as delivering high quality television. YM and YPM are BBC comedies. On some occasions there is reference to the BBC in the YM and YPM episodes. A very prominent appearance is in the YM episode The Challenge where Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey meet with a BBC director to persuade him not to broadcast a TV interview of Hacker. The director keeps on stating that the BBC will not give in to government pressure, but finally this is exactly what he does.
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Channel Four
British TV channel mentioned in the YPM episode One of Us. Annie Hacker is watching the news on Channel Four in this episode. Also mentioned in the YPM episode The National Education Service by Jim Hacker. He complains that the Channel Four news had reported his tour of the North West as Jim Hacker visiting the marginal constituencies.
 
Comedy of Errors, The
Play by Shakespeare mentioned in the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts. Jim Hacker is angry that it was set inside Number Ten.
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Daily Mail
Newspaper that ran an article about Jim Hacker and his pledge to open government, as mentioned in the YM episode Open Government. It also reported on the Scottish island scandal featured in the YM episode The Skeleton in the Cupboard. We see a copy of the Daily Mail on a table in Sir Humphrey's office in the YM episode Party Games. Als mentioned in the YPM episode A Victory for Democracy. In the YPM episode The Bishops Gambit Jim Hacker is praised in the Daily Mail for freeing a British nurse in Qumran, even though he hasn't done anything. In the classic quote in the YPM episode A Conflict of Interest, Jim Hacker classifies the Daily Mail as read by the wives of the people who run the country.
 
Daily Mirror
Tabloid newspaper briefly mentioned in the YM episodes The Greasy Pole and The Challenge. We see a copy of the Daily Mirror on a table in Sir Humphrey's office in the YM episode Party Games. In the classic quote in the YPM episode A Conflict of Interest, Jim Hacker classifies the Daily Mirror as read by people who think they run the country.
 
Daily Post
Newspaper mentioned in the YPM episode Official Secrets. It's Editor (Derek Burnham) has lunch regarding the leak to the Post of Jim's predecessor's memoirs.
 
Daily Telegraph
Newspaper. We see a copy of the Daily Telegraph on a table in Sir Humphrey's office in the YM episode Party Games. In the YPM episode The Bishops Gambit Jim Hacker is praised in the Daily Telegraph for freeing a British nurse in Qumran, even though he hasn't done anything. In the classic quote in the YPM episode A Conflict of Interest, Jim Hacker classifies the Daily Telegraph as read by people who think the country is run by another country.
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Enemy of the People, An
Play written by Henrik Ibsen mentioned in the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts. The Prime Minister cannot go and see this play because of its title.
 
Exchange Telegraph
Press agency. Lucy Hacker threatens to call them for the 24 hour Save the badger protest vigil she is planning to hold in the YM episode The Right to Know.
 
Express, The
Newspaper that published the devastating article by John Pilgrim entitled "Let’s get rid of Jim Hacker" in the YM episode The Economy Drive. This newspaper also appears in the YM episode The Death List, when Jim Hacker leaks information to it and later on writes an article on Jim Hacker's petition against electronic surveillance. In that particular episode Walter Fowler is the journalist of the Express that appears. We see a copy of the Express on a table in Sir Humphrey's office in the YM episode Party Games.
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Financial Times
British financial newspaper. In the YM episode The Quality of Life Sir Desmond Glazebrook admits that he does not read the Financial Times, but as a banker rather has to carry it around as part of his uniform. In the YM episode The Moral Dimension Jim Hacker learns from the Financial Times about the bribery allegations against the British Electronic Systems contract with Qumran. We see a copy of the Financial Times on a table in Sir Humphrey's office in the YM episode Party Games. In the classic quote in the YPM episode A Conflict of Interest, Jim Hacker classifies the Financial Times as read by people who own the country.
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Guardian, The
British newspaper more or less oriented toward the Labour party. In the YM episode The Moral Dimension Jenny Goodwin from the Guardian is investigating the British Electronic Systems contract with Qumran on bribery charges. When she interviews Jim Hacker he launches a massive attack against these charges, suggesting that he will call for censoring the British press. We see a copy of the Guardian on a table in Sir Humphrey's office in the YM episode Party Games. In the classic quote in the YPM episode A Conflict of Interest, Jim Hacker classifies the Guardian as read by people who think they ought to run the country.
 
Guinness Book of Records
Book that contains every record in all possible areas. The Chief Whip remarks that Jim Hacker may earn himself a place in here since he made a terrible cock-up in his first two weeks as Minister, and nearly escapes resignation (YM episode Open Government). Jim Hacker remarks in the YM episode Equal Opportunities that achieving at least one reform in the Civil Service will earn him a place in this book.
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Hamlet
Play written by William Shakespeare. Mentioned in the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts. It is the last play Jim Hacker had seen.
 
Henry V
Play written by William Shakespeare. In the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts, Jim Hacker is attacked at a cocktail party for theatre people of spending government money on military equipment. He defends himself by saying that Britain cannot defend itself by a performance of Henry V.
 
Hansard
The verbatim account of the proceedings in Parliament. It used to be the only record until first radio and then TV was allowed into the House, which was not that long ago. It was Hansard that the reporters used to find out what went on in the House. It still stands as the official record today. Sir Humphrey quoted from Hansard in the YM episode Open Government.
 
Herald Tribune
International newspaper. We see a copy of the Herald Tribune on a table in Sir Humphrey's office in the YM episode Party Games.
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Independent Television (ITV)
Television broadcasting network in the United Kingdom that has commercials. ITV is mentioned in the YM episode The Challenge. Sir Humphrey tells a BBC Director that because of the BBC's negative attitude towards the government, Parliament being televised could be entrusted to ITV. Also briefly mentioned in the YPM episode One of Us.
 
Independent Television News (ITN)
Television news organisation mentioned in the YM episode Party Games. They are covering Jim Hacker's speech about the British sausage, which wins him the election for his party's leadership and he becomes PM. Also mentioned in the YPM episode The Grand Design.
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Master Builder, The
Play by Henrik Ibsen mentioned in the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts.
 
Monde, Le
French newspaper. In the YM episode The Moral Dimension the Financial Times is quoting an article in Le Monde on bribery allegations against the British Electronic Systems contract with Qumran. Le Monde is also mentioned in the YPM episode Official Secrets.
 
Month in the Country, A
Play by Ivan Turgenev mentioned in the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts. Sir Humphrey remarks that the Prime Minister cannot go to this play in fear of starting rumours about a general election.
 
Morning Star
In the classic quote in the YPM episode A Conflict of Interest, Jim Hacker classifies the Morning Star as read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country.
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Nationwide
BBC television program with Sue Lawley. She appears in the YM episode The Quality of Life where she interviews Jim Hacker regarding his visit to the City Farm in Tower Hamlets.
 
New Standard
Newspaper mentioned in the YM episode The Devil You Know. This newspaper published the rumour of a Cabinet reshuffle.
 
Northern Indian Ocean Situation Report
Report written by Luke in the YPM episode A Victory for Democracy. Jim Hacker uses one paragraph of it to justify (and blame) the author to send troops to St. George's Island. As a consequence Luke gets send to the British Embassy at Tel Aviv as punishment.
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Observer
British newspaper that had an article about Jim Hacker and his Party's pledge for open government. Mentioned in the YM episode Open Government.
 
Official Journal
Journal Jim Hacker is reading in the YM episode Party Games. Apparently by the looks of it, it is some sort of internal governmental magazine.
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Panorama
Television program briefly mentioned in the YM episode The Greasy Pole and the YPM episode The Ministerial Broadcast.
PM Office
BBC programme that wanted to interview Jim Hacker in the YM episode Open Government. They called while Jim Hacker was anxiously waiting for a call from the Prime Minister, so he thought he was being called by the PM's office.
Political Review
Magazine the published Professor Marriott's article on local government reform. This is the main topic of the YPM episode Power to the People.
 
Press Association
Press agency. Lucy Hacker threatens to call them for the 24 hour Save the badger protest vigil she is planning to hold in the YM episode The Right to Know.
 
Press Council
Council mentioned in the YM episode The Moral Dimension. Jim Hacker tells Jenny Goodwin - a reporter from the Guardian - that he wants to call upon the Press Council to censor the press regarding bribery allegations on the British Electronic Systems contract with Qumran. He states that gutter press reporting should not be tolerated, even though he knows the bribery story is true.
 
Private Eye
Magazine that seems to be focused on political news and scandals. In the YM episode The Death List it reveals that Jim Hacker was under electronic surveillance when he was in opposition, and that his department is responsible for all bugging equipment. First Jim Hacker characterises Private Eye as a squalid little rag, but after this revelation he suddenly calls it a brave, open and fearless journal. Also mentioned in the YM episode The Quality of Life in connection with a photograph of Jim Hacker between donkeys.
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Radio 3
BBC radio station that mostly airs cultural programs. In the YPM episode Power to the People Sir Humphrey asks Bernard how he would feel if Radio 3 broadcasted pop music all day. Bernard doesn't seem to mind. Also briefly mentioned in the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts. In the YPM episode The Tangled Web Sir Humphrey is interviewed for a Radio 3 program. He needs permission of the PM to be interviewed, but Bernard does not believe this is problem: "it will be on Radio 3, so nobody will be listening".
 
Reform
A magazine that Jim Hacker worked for as editor before he became Minister. As editor he was quite critical on the government and civil service. In the YM episode The Whisky Priest we learn that he wrote an article once called "The dreadful trade" that attacked the arms business.
 
Rivals, The
Play by Richard Sheridan mentioned in the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts. Sir Humphrey remarks that the Prime Minister cannot see this play because there are so many Cabinet colleagues after his job.
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School for Scandal, The
Play by Richard Sheridan (1777) mentioned in the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts. Sir Humphrey remarks that the Prime Minister cannot go and see this play since the Education Secretary recently was found in bed with a primary school headmistress.
 
Six O'Clock News
News program from the BBC. Mentioned in the YPM episode The Bishops Gambit. In that episode presented by Sue Lawley and Nicolas Witchell. In the YPM episode The National Education Service the Six O'Clock News covers Jim Hacker's tour of the North West. 
 
Socialist Worker
Newspaper with a socialist background.
Standard, The
Newspaper that appears twice in the YM episode Party Games. First it brings the news about the Home Secretary's resignation because he is charged with drunken driving (after he himself initiated a campaign not to drink and drive for Christmas!). Then they bring the story about the EEC plans to rename the British sausage into Emulsified High-Fat Offal Tube.
 
Star, The
British newspaper that reports on the rescue of the dog Benjy in the YPM episode One of Us.
 
Sun, The
Tabloid newspaper briefly mentioned in the YM episodes The Greasy Pole, The Devil You Know, The Quality of Life. We see a copy of the Sun on a table in Sir Humphrey's office in the YM episode Party Games. In the YPM episode The Bishops Gambit Jim Hacker is praised in the Sun for freeing a British nurse in Qumran, even though he hasn't done anything. In the YPM episode One of Us it reports on the rescue of the dog Benjy. In the classic quote in the YPM episode A Conflict of Interest, Bernard Woolley classifies Sun readers that they don't care who runs the country, as long as she's got big tits.
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Telegraph, The
British newspaper. In the YM episode Jobs for the Boys there is an article in the Telegraph about the quango jungle. It reported that there are nearly 8,000 paid appointments vacant which cost the taxpayer 5 million pounds.
Thomson Local Directory
Book with street maps that is used by Sir Humphrey in the YM episode The Bed of Nails. Sir Humphrey uses the Thomson Local Directory to plan transport changes in the constituency of the PM, as part of the Integrated National Transport Policy.
 
Times, The
Newspaper. Features the lead story in the YM episode The Economy Drive reporting that during the economy drive at the DAA it has hired another 400 people. In the YM episode The Greasy Pole it published a leak from Sir Humphrey about the positive draft conclusions of the Henderson-committee on the safety of metadioxin. In the YM episode The Bed of Nails it published the leak from Sir Humphrey regarding the negative consequences of the Integrated National Transport Policy on the PM's own constituency. In the YM episode The Middle-Class Rip-Off the Times is mentioned by Bernard Woolley regarding the closure of the Corn Exchange Art Gallery. We see a copy of the Times on a table in Sir Humphrey's office in the YM episode Party Games. In the classic quote in the YPM episode A Conflict of Interest, Jim Hacker classifies the Times as read by people who actually do run the country.
 
Today
1. Tabloid newspaper mentioned briefly in YM episode The Quality of Life.
2. Radio program briefly mentioned in the YPM episode Official Secrets.
 
Topic
Television program where Jim Hacker is interviewed on the National Integrated Database by Robert McKenzie. Is featured in the YM episode Big Brother.
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Washington Post
American newspaper mentioned in the YPM episode Official Secrets. One of its reporters has requested an interview with Jim Hacker regarding Jim's attempt to suppress a particular chapter of his predecessor's memoirs.
 
Who's Who
Reference guide that shows the careers of all civil servants. This guide is mentioned and used in the YM episode The Skeleton in the Cupboard. We can also see it in Jim Hacker's office in the YPM episodes The Grand Design, The Ministerial Broadcast, The Smoke Screen, A Victory for Democracy, The Bishops Gambit and One of Us.
 
Winston Churchill - The Wilderness Years
Book that Jim Hacker is reading in the YM episode The Whisky Priest.
 
Wogan
BBC television interview program presented by Terry Wogan. Mentioned in the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts. In that episode Jim explains that every year the government gives out honours to a couple of actors. That keeps the other actors hoping and restrain them in attacking the government on Wogan.
 
Women's Wear Daily
American magazine. One of its reporters has requested an interview with Jim Hacker regarding Jim's attempt to suppress a particular chapter of his predecessor's memoirs.
 
World in Focus
Television program which appears in the YM episode Big Brother. The reporter Godfrey Finch interviews Jim Hacker about the introduction of safeguards for the National Integrated Database.
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Yesterday in Parliament
Radio program that can be heard in the YM episode The Compassionate Society.
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