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Alan, Sir
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence. Appears in the YPM episode Man Overboard. In the episode we don't learn his full name, but the book states it to be Sir Alan Guthrie. He is dead set against the Employment Secretary's plan to relocate army personnel to the north of England and Scotland.
 
Alans, President
President of Buranda before the coup d'état mentioned in the YM episode The Official Visit, and that brought Colonel Selim Mohammed to power. He was going to visit Great Britain for buying oil rig equipment.
 
Alexander the Great
Ruler and conqueror of the Middle East in the 4th century B.C.. Jim Hacker mentions him ruling at a very young age in the YM episode Equal Opportunities to compare it with the old rulers in the Civil Service. Sir Humphrey remarks that Alexander the Great would have been a very bad civil servant.
 
Ali Baba
Jim Hacker compares Sir Humphrey with Ali Baba when he sees Sir Humphrey dressed in Arab clothes at the Qumran reception in the YM episode The Moral Dimension.
 
Amin, Idi
President of Uganda from 1971 through 1979. In the (Western) world known as a tyrant, that murdered lots of people. Mentioned in the YM episode The Official Visit.
 
Andrews, Alex
Reporter from the Daily Mail. He visits Jim Hacker in the YM episode The Skeleton in the Cupboard where he tells Jim about the Scottish island that is handed back to the original owner along with forty million pounds of military equipment. He wants to go through the files to find out who was responsible for this error in the legal papers. As it turns out later in the episode it was Sir Humphrey who was the responsible civil servant for this error in the early 1950's.
 
Andropov, Yuri
Soviet Party Secretary that led the USSR from November 1982 until his death in February 1984. Mr. Berenger of UNESCO mentions in the YPM episode A Diplomatic Incident that Andropov's funeral was awfully gloomy. 
 
Annie
Secretary of Sir Humphrey Appleby, appearing in the YPM episode Power to the People.
 
Appleby, Sir Humphrey
Permanent Secretary at the Department for Administrative Affairs in the YM episodes, Cabinet Secretary in the YPM episodes. Graduated in the Classics on Baillie College and went straight into the civil service after graduation. Principal private secretary to Dr. Edith Summerskill in 1947. From 1950-1956 he was Assistant Principal at the Scottish Office on secondment from the War Office, with a responsibility for regional contracts. Served approximately 11 governments during 30 years. His nickname is Humpy. Jim Hacker calls Sir Humphrey a "moral vacuum" in the YM episode The Whisky Priest, because he has no sense of right or wrong. After retirement he is supposed to get a chair on the Board of Sir Desmond Glazebrook's Bank and become Master of Baillie College. In the YM episode Party Games Sir Humphrey becomes Cabinet Secretary. Appears in every YM/YPM episode.
 
Appleby, Lady
Wife of Sir Humphrey. We see her briefly in the YM episode Big Brother, in bed next to her husband. She is briefly mentioned in the YM episode Party Games when Jim Hacker asks whether she knows Sir Humphrey passes on (to become Cabinet Secretary, but Jim thinks he is about to die). Also briefly mentioned in the YM episode Equal Opportunities when Sir Humphrey states that some of his best friends are women (like his wife).
 
Attlee, Clement
British Labour Prime Minister from 1945-1951. Mentioned in the YM episode Party Games, related to the fact that he stayed on as PM until Herbert Morrison was out of the running. He thus prevented Morrison any chance of becoming PM.
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Bach, Johan Sebastian
Famous German composer. Godfrey - the television producer that advises Jim Hacker on his first television appearance as PM in the YPM episode The Ministerial Broadcast - suggests that if the speech contains a radical policy change the opening music should be Bach.
 
Bacon, Francis
English philosopher, lawyer and statesman around 1600. The quote of Sir Humphrey ("He that would keep a secret, must keep it secret that he has a secret to keep") was attributed to Francis Bacon in the YM episode A Question of Loyalty.
 
Baron, Gerald
Chairman of the British Tobacco Group (BTG) and appears in the YPM episode The Smoke Screen. In this episode he hosts a VIP booth at a cricket match and welcomes Sir Humphrey in this booth.
 
Ben-Gurion, David
Israeli statesman that proclaimed the Israeli independence from Great Britain and was Prime Minister from 1948-1963. Ben-Gurion received the honour of JB (Jailed by the British), referred to in the YM episode Doing the Honours.
 
Berenger, Mr.
Man from UNESCO attending the reception in the YPM episode A Diplomatic Incident.
 
Bill
In the YM episode Open Government Jim Hacker learns that Bill had gotten Europe in the new Cabinet. This presumably a post that directly has to do with all European affairs.
In the YPM episode The Key there is another Bill that Bernard talks to on the phone to arrange Dorothy Wainwright moving back into her old office.
 
Blake
British citizen that was caught for spying for the Soviet Union. Mentioned in the YPM episode One of Us.
 
Blunt, Anthony
British civil servant that turned out to be spying for the Soviets during the Cold War. Mentioned in the YM episode A Question of Loyalty.
 
Bond, James
Spy character created by Ian Fleming and featured in a lot of movies. Jim and Annie Hacker and their bodyguards went to see the James Bond movie Moonraker in the YM episode The Death List. The Hacker's originally planned to see Belle du Jour, but the bodyguards did not want to see a foreign movie.
 
Bradley, Michael
In the YM episode Jobs for the Boys the DAA was involved with Michael Bradley of Sloane Enterprises Ltd. in financing the Solihull-project. He was on the verge of bankruptcy and this threatened to bring the Solihull-project down as well. Sir Humphrey and Jim Hacker's predecessor at the DAA established their partnership with him regarding the Solihull-project.
 
Brian
Secretary of some trade union regarding St. Edward's hospital in the YM episode The Compassionate Society. The book lists his full name and position being Brian Baker, General Secretary of the Confederation of Administrative Unions.
 
Brough, Mr.
Director of Manpower Planning North-East Region. Had an appointment with Jim Hacker to discuss staff reductions in the YM episode The Economy Drive. Had to cancel the appointment because for unknown reasons he was due in Euston. This gave Ron Watson the opportunity to talk to Jim Hacker.
 
Burandan High Commissioner
Appears in the YPM episode A Conflict of Interest to explain to Jim what would happen if he appoints Alexander Jameson as Governor of the Bank of England. His name is not mentioned in the series.
 
Burgess
British civil servant that turned out to be spying for the Soviets during the Cold War. Mentioned in the YM episode The Death List and the YPM episode One of Us.
 
Burnham, Derek
Editor of the Daily Post. Appears in the YPM episode Official Secrets, where he has lunch with Jim Hacker regarding the leak that Jim tried to suppress a chapter of his predecessor's memoirs.
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Carver, Bob
Journalist for the New Standard newspaper. He reports in the YM episode The Devil You Know that there is a rumour of a Cabinet reshuffle.
 
Carter, Sir William (Bill)
Permanent Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the YM episode Equal Opportunities. Appears in the meeting of Permanent Secretaries that discusses the 25%-quota within the Civil Service that Jim Hacker proposed. Everyone applauds the principle but concludes that it will not work in their department.
 
Cartwright, Dr.
Civil servant in the DAA. He joins the DAA when his Local Authority Directorate becomes part of the DAA as part of a Cabinet reshuffle. He is a professional economist with an undersecretary rank and fears he will rise no higher because he is an expert. His position is that of Director of Local Administration Statistics. He first appears in the YM episode The Challenge where he presents Jim Hacker with his plan to introduce pre-set failure standards on all local government plans costing more than 10,000 pounds. Next he is present in the YM episode The Skeleton in the Cupboard, where he informs Jim Hacker that South Derbyshire is the most efficient Council in Britain. He resides in room 4017 at the DAA.
 
Cathy
Schoolgirl that interviewed Jim Hacker in the YM episode Equal Opportunities. She asked some very difficult questions, like "What have you achieved personally?", and Jim Hacker vowed he would never give an interview to a school magazine.
 
Centlivre, Susanna
Mentioned in the YPM episode The Key. Mrs. Centlivre is believed to have introduced the expression "but me no buts" in 1708. Her real name is Susanna Caroll and she published books and plays under Centlivre and also Freeman.
 
Chamberlain, Neville
Former British Prime Minister from 1937-1940. Sir Humphrey states in the YPM episode The Ministerial Broadcast that "things don't just happen because Prime Ministers are keen on them. Neville Chamberlain was very keen on peace". He was referring to the Treaty of Munich (1938) that was struck between Chamberlain (Great Britain), Daladier (France), Hitler (Germany) and Mussolini (Italy). It gave a large part of the Czech Republic to Germany in exchange for peace. However, the peace did not last long. Chamberlanin is also mentioned in the YPM episode A Victory for Democracy, where Jim Hacker remarks that Chamberlain thought he had Hitler under control.
 
Charlie
Driver of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Security. Informs his colleague Roy (driver of Jim Hacker) about St. Edward's hospital in the YM episode The Compassionate Society.
 
Christ, Jesus
First man that got a college named after both at Oxford and Cambridge. Mentioned in the YM episode Doing the Honours.
 
Churchill, Winston
Former Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II. Jim Hacker likes to model himself after Churchill, and he often starts speaking like Churchill did. In the YM episode The Whisky Priest we see him reading a biography of Churchill and referring to Churchill's wilderness years when he leaked stories to the press about Britain's military inadequacy.
 
Conway, Sir George
Chairman of the National Construction Federation. Participates in the radio discussion on government and private investment partnerships together with Jim Hacker and Joe Morgan. Appears in the YM episode Jobs for the Boys.
 
Corbett, Basil
Secretary of State (Minister) for Trade and Industry in the YM episode The Devil You Know. Jim Hacker describes him as a smooth-tongued, cold-eyed, hard-nosed, two-faced creep, which makes clear he is no friend of Basil Corbett. In this particular YM episode Basil Corbett is up for promotion in the Cabinet reshuffle. He is rumoured to get the DAA if Hacker leaves for a Commissionership in Brussels. Hacker however ensures his post at the DAA (to the delight of Sir Humphrey who fears getting Corbett), and Basil Corbett goes on to be Minister of Employment.
 
Crawford, Mr.
Architect for Sir Desmond Glazebrook's Bank in the YM episode The Quality of Life.
 
Crichton, Lord Richard A.
Provost of Kings College, Cambridge. Formerly an MP in the House of Commons, but now a member of the House of Lords. A friend of Jim Hacker and he is the one that arranges the "coincidental" meeting between Jim and Professor Henderson in the YM episode The Greasy Pole. He also helped Professor Henderson in rewriting the conclusion of the report on the safety of metadioxin.
 
Cromwell, Oliver
British statesman in the 17th century. Referred to in the YM episode Doing the Honours in relation to George Monkton.
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David
Permanent Secretary of the Department of Employment in the YPM episode The Ministerial Broadcast. His surname is not mentioned.
 
Day, Robin
British television personality. Mentioned in the YPM episode The Ministerial Broadcast. Jim Hacker is preparing his first TV appearance as PM and his Press Secretary suggests an interview with Robin Day. This would make Jim Hacker come across as the thinker. Robin Day is also mentioned in the YPM episode Power to the People.
 
Delilah
Biblical figure mentioned in the YPM episode The Key. The story is that Samson was brought down by a seductive woman (Delilah). Sir Humphrey compares Jim Hacker with Samson and Dorothy Wainwright with Delilah.
 
Dick
Permanent Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the YPM episode The Ministerial Broadcast. His surname is not mentioned in the series, although the book states his full name as Dick Wharton. He actually appears and plays a prominent role in the YPM episode A Victory for Democracy.
 
Dudley
Employment Secretary in the YPM episode Man Overboard. In this episode his plan to relocate army personnel to the north of England and Scotland is his downfall. Through manipulation by Sir Humphrey Jim Hacker starts to believe Dudley is plotting against him. Ultimately Dudley resigns as Employment Secretary. The book lists his name being Dudley Belling.
 
Duncan
The Foreign Secretary in the YM episode Party Games. As the PM announces his early retirement, Duncan becomes one of the candidates for succession. He visits Jim Hacker at his home to win his support and vaguely promises him the Foreign Office. Jim Hacker later finds out from MI5 files that Duncan has made some dubious financial transactions. Jim uses this information to persuade Duncan to withdraw and support Jim Hacker's candidature for PM. From the book we learn that Duncan's full name is Duncan Short, although it is not mentioned in the episode.
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Eden, Anthony
British Prime Minister from 1955-1957. A major reason for his resignation was his failure to prevent Egypt (led by Nasser) nationalizing the Suez Canal. Mentioned in the YPM episode A Victory for Democracy.
 
Edward III, King
King of England from 1327-1377. Founded the Most Noble Order of the Garter in 1348, that is mentioned in the YM episode Doing the Honours.
 
Elgar, Edward
British composer. In the YPM episode The Ministerial Broadcast Jim Hacker wants to use a composition of Elgar as opening music for his first television appearance as PM. Bernard immediately suggests the Enigma Variations of Elgar.
 
Eric
The Chancellor of the Exchequer that appears in the YM episode Party Games. As the Prime Minister resigns he becomes one of the candidates for succession. He meets with Jim Hacker to win his support and vaguely promises Jim the Chancellorship. Jim Hacker however finds out from MI5 files that Eric has numerous mistress'. Jim uses this information to force Eric to withdraw and support Jim Hacker's candidature for PM. According to the book Eric's full name is Eric Jeffries, although this is not mentioned in the episode.
 
Evans, Constable
One of the police officers that stopped Jim Hacker while driving under the influence of alcohol. This happened in the YM episode Party Games.
 
Evans, Sir Robert
Solicitor-General in the YPM episode Official Secrets. He explained to Jim that there were no legal objections in publishing the former PM's memoirs. His name is not mentioned in the series but it is in the book.
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Finch, Godfrey
Reporter for the television program World in Focus. Interviews Jim Hacker about the introduction of safeguards in the National Integrated Database. Jim Hacker uses his program to announce legislation on this subject. Appears in the YM episode Big Brother.
 
Fletcher, Linda
The girl who lost her dog Benjy on Salisbury Plain in the YPM episode One of Us.
 
Forest, Commander
Commander at the Special Branch. Visited Jim Hacker to brief him on the standard safety precautions for people that are on a death list (as was Jim Hacker in the YM episode The Death List). Presented the most common categories of assassinations (bullets, bombs, poisons, and so-called accidents), and elaborated on each of them, which made Jim Hacker feel even more insecure.
 
Fowler, Walter
Journalist that works for The Express. In Annie's Bar Jim Hacker has a secret meeting with him were he leaks the story on introducing safeguard for electronic surveillance. Later on in that same YM episode (The Death List), Mr. Fowler interviews Jim Hacker about the Hacker's own petition against electronic surveillance. Since Jim Hacker is on a death list, he is not that happily embracing the success of his own petition.
 
Frank
Director of Policy for the BBC that appears in the YM episode The Challenge. His surname is not revealed in the series, but the books mention his full name being Francis Aubrey. Sir Humphrey and Jim Hacker have lunch with him regarding a TV interview with Ludovic Kennedy that they try to prevent from broadcasting. He is very persistent in stating that the BBC does not give in to government pressure. In the end however he gives in but can say it is merely that the broadcast would not be in the public interest (factual errors, out of date material and security implications).
 
Franklin, Mr.
Representative of the Gas Board that called Jim Hacker while he was anxiously waiting for a call from Number Ten regarding a Cabinet appointment. He tells Jim Hacker that he voted for the other side (Arthur Gaunt). This happened in the YM episode Open Government.
 
Fraser, Billy
Militant trade unionist. Worked at Southwark hospital, but Sir Humphrey transferred him to St. Edward's hospital to assure union uproar in case of layoffs. At St. Edward's he is chairman of the Joint Shop Stewards Negotiating Committee. Appears in the YM episode The Compassionate Society.
 
Fred
In the YM episode Open Government his name is mentioned as the new Cabinet Minister for the Department of Energy. Also the name of the Employment Secretary in the YM episode The Devil You Know. It turns out that he is going to be kicked upstairs (to a useless non-job) because he falls asleep during Cabinet meetings, even while he is talking himself.
 
Freeman, Giles
Parliamentary Secretary of the Department of the Environment in the YM episode The Middle-Class Rip-Off. He helps Jim Hacker to appoint an independent planning inspector to assess the sale of the Corn Exchange Art Gallery, after Sir Humphrey at first arranged for the appointment of a planning inspector with some informal guidelines. Sir Ian Whitworth (Permanent Secretary at the Department of the Environment) views Giles Freeman as an obstruction at his department.
 
Friedman, Milton
Famous economist and Nobel prize-winner whose theories endorse a rigid monetary policy to cut down on inflation. Mentioned by Sir Desmond Glazebrook in the YM episode The Quality of Life, although he mixes Friedman up with Milton Shulman.
 
Fuchs, Klaus
British atomic scientist that was caught for atomic espionage for the Soviet Union in 1949. Mentioned in the YPM episode One of Us.
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Galtieri, General
Leader of the military junta in Argentina during the Falkland Islands war that Britain won. His name is mentioned in the YM episode The Bed of Nails: Jim Hacker states that if he succeeds at formulating an Integrated National Transport Policy this could be his Falkland Islands. In response Sir Humphrey points out that he could be General Galtieri.
 
Gandhi
Man that leaded the resistance against British colonialism in India and Pakistan. Gandhi received the honour of JB (Jailed by the British), referred to in the YM episode Doing the Honours.
 
Gaunt, Arthur William
Hacker's opponent in the election after which Hacker became a Cabinet Minister at the DAA. Arthur William Gaunt gathered 19,321 votes versus 21,793 votes for Jim Hacker.
 
Geoffrey
Head of MI5 in the YPM episode One of Us. Tells Jim about the news that the former head of MI5 was a Russian spy for years. 
 
George
Chauffeur of Jim Hacker. Appears in episodes Big Brother, Jobs for the Boys. Starting in season two of YM he is suddenly called Roy, although he is still the same chauffeur.
Also the given name of a waiter in the Club that Sir Humphrey visited to talk to Sir Arnold in the YM episode The Devil You Know.
Furthermore there appears a George in the PM's Private Office in the YPM episode A Real Partnership.
 
Giles
Permanent Secretary of the Department of Education and Science in the YPM episode The Ministerial Broadcast. His surname is not mentioned.
 
Glazebrook, Sir Desmond
Chairman of a Bartlett's Bank. First appears in the YM episode Jobs for the Boys, where he is looking to get appointed to the Industrial Co-partnership Committee. In the YM episode The Quality of Life he wants to get Jim Hacker's permission to put extra floors on top of the Bank's headquarters. In the YPM episode A Conflict of Interest he appears again. In that episode it turns out his bank is involved with Phillips Berenson. He finally gets to be appointed Governor of the Bank of England in that episode. He lives in Knightsbridge and is going to retire soon. Sir Desmond is not very bright and he does not commit to anything, but rather remains very vague on every subject.
 
Glossup, Mrs.
One of the people present at the drink party we see in the YPM episode The Grand Design. Jim Hacker is introduced to her.
 
Godfrey
Television producer that gives Jim Hacker all sort of advise for his first television appearance as PM in the YPM episode The Ministerial Broadcast. The advise ranges from how to sit, how to talk, what to wear, to what to say.
 
Goodwin, Jenny
Reporter from the Guardian that appears in the YM episode The Moral Dimension. She is looking into the bribery allegations with the BES-Qumran contract and also the rosewater jar gift that Jim Hacker received in Qumran. When she collected enough damaging evidence she interviews Jim Hacker but gets bluffed by his counter-attack.
 
Gordon, Sir Frank
Permanent Secretary to the Treasury. First appears in the YM episode The Quality of Life, where Sir Humphrey arranges parking space for his Inland Revenue Inspectors. He is more prominently featured in the YPM episodes, starting in the YPM episode The Smoke Screen. In the YPM episode The Key he looks to become the sole Head of Home Civil Service. He is an economist.
 
Gordon, Stuart
MP that is trying to help out Fiona McGregor - the nurse arrested in Qumran - in the YPM episode The Bishops Gambit. He and Fiona's mother bring a petition to the Qumrany Embassy.
 
Gould, Vic
Chief Whip of Jim Hacker's party in the YM episode Open Government. He is very angry with Jim Hacker about his anti-American speech that has supposed to have gone to the press. He also appears in the YM episode The Whisky Priest where he makes sure that Jim Hacker does not tell the PM about a British computerized bomb that was found with Italian terrorists. Jim Hacker afterwards compares Vic Gould with a terrorist.
 
Graham
Civil servant at the DAA in the YM episode The Skeleton in the Cupboard. Bernard phones him asking him to let Sir Humphrey know that he is wanted in Jim Hacker's office. Presumably Graham is Sir Humphrey's Private Secretary.
Name of Jim's Home Affairs Private Secretary in the YPM episode A Diplomatic Incident. His full name is mentioned in the book as being Graham French.
 
Greensmith, Councilor
One of the Councilors that came to see Jim Hacker about the sale of the Corn Exchange Art Gallery in the YM episode The Middle-Class Rip-Off. Jim Hacker had to disappoint them because he just was made Minister for the Arts.
 
Gromyko, Andrej
Former Soviet Foreign Secretary in the 1970's and 1980's. The American Vice-President tells Jim that Gromyko knew a great Polish joke: Jaruzelski. Mentioned in the YPM episode A Diplomatic Incident.
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Hacker, Annie
Wife of Jim Hacker. She and Jim went on honeymoon to Kingsbury Down. Annie Hacker is supportive but critical of her husband and his work, and she therefore is a great help to him. A lot of moral issues and ideas are a spin-off from Jim Hackers discussions with his wife. She and Jim have a daughter called Lucy. Even when Jim Hacker becomes PM she continues to work at the Voluntary Services Committee.
 
Hacker, James George (Jim)
Former editor of Reform, Member of Parliament (MP) and Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Cabinet Minister for Administrative Affairs in the YM episodes, Prime Minister in the YPM episodes. Before the elections, after which he became a Minister at the DAA, it was rumoured he was going to be Minister at the Ministry for Defence. He won those elections by gathering 21,793 votes versus 19,321 votes for his opponent Arthur William Gaunt. Ran the campaign against the Prime Minister for the leadership before he became Minister at the DAA. Married to Annie Hacker, and they live in the constituency Birmingham East. He is in his late 40s as he becomes Minister at the DAA. Has a daughter called Lucy. Is called Mr. Economy in the YM episode The Economy Drive. In the YM episode The Writing on the Wall he is called Lord Hacker of Kamikaze, referring to his self-destructing policy of reducing the civil service. He is known as Jim Hacker the badger butcher in the YM episode The Right to Know. Calls himself Joe Soap in the YM episode Jobs for the Boys. In the YM episode The Death List he is called the Government's Chief Bugger by Private Eye, and the target by his bodyguards. In the YM episode The Quality of Life he is called the St. Francis of Tower Hamlets after a visit to a City Farm. The Warden of this City Farm however calls him Judas after she has learned that her Farm is to be closed. In the YM episode Party Games we learn he is also Party Chairman. In this episode he becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain, which is the focus of the subsequent YPM series. Appears in every YM/YPM episode.
 
Hacker, Lucy
Daughter of Annie and Jim Hacker. First appears in the YM episode The Right to Know. She is a sociology student and very left wing oriented and concerned about the environment. In the YM episode The Right to Know she plans to hold a nude protest vigil to save the badgers in Hayward's Spinney with her boyfriend Peter. She is mentioned in the YPM episode A Victory for Democracy as planning to spend her next holiday in a kibbutz. Jim Hacker remarks that she is currently at the University of Sussex; another kibbutz.
 
Haig, General
Chief of Staff to Richard Nixon and State Secretary under Reagan (until 1982). His name is used in the YM episode The Moral Dimension when Jim Hacker gets an urgent message from Mr. Haig. He thinks it is General Haig, but Bernard refers to Haig, a whisky brand. This was the secret code used to get alcoholic beverages in the security communications room at the Qumrani reception.
 
Halifax, Hugh
Parliamentary Private Secretary of Jim Hacker in the YPM episode The Tangled Web. In this episode his phone is being bugged because he is talking to the French. However, Jim Hacker was not informed about this bugging, so he denies it publicly in the House. This denial puts him in awkward position as Sir Humphrey plans to confirm the bugging before the House.
 
Halstead, Sir John
Former head of MI5. In the YPM episode One of Us they discover that he has been a Russian spy during most of the time as head of MI5. After his death he left a confession to the government.
 
Harding, Peter
Appointments Secretary of Jim Hacker that is involved when Jim has to choose a bishop in the YPM episode The Bishops Gambit.
 
Harrison, Sarah
One of Jim Hacker's Undersecretaries in the DAA. Jim Hacker wants to promote her to Deputy Secretary because she is a woman, but Sir Humphrey does not agree. In the end when Jim Hacker looses his fight for setting a quota of 25% women in the Civil Service, his only triumph left is promoting her. But she has just decided to leave the Civil Service to work somewhere where there is real achievement. Features in the YM episode Equal Opportunities.
 
Harvey, Dr. Paul
Candidate for the bishopric of Bury St. Edmunds in the YPM episode The Bishops Gambit. Peter Harding mentions that he is suspected of disestablishmentarianism (meaning he wants the Queen out of the Church of England). 
 
Henderson, Professor Peter
Brilliant biochemist at Kings College, Cambridge. Was chairman of the committee that investigated the safety (or unsafety) of propanol/metadioxin for the DAA, in the YM episode The Greasy Pole. Jim Hacker was not happy with his draft conclusion that metadioxin was a safe chemical, and during a visit at Kings College they had a meeting. During this meeting Jim Hacker pointed out that any future harmful effects of metadioxin would lead to a press outcry against Professor Henderson. Professor Henderson therefore rewrote his conclusion in such way as to cast doubt on future effects.
 
Henry
Christian name of the Education Secretary, as mentioned in the YPM episode The National Education Service. The book however mentions the name Patrick as the Christian name of the Education Secretary.
 
Hickey, Ian
Newspaper reporter that calls Jim Hacker "overwrought as a newt" after the champagne party at the French embassy in the YM episode The Economy Drive. It is unclear for which newspaper Ian Hickey is supposed to work.
 
Hitler, Adolf
Ruler of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945 that started World War II in Europe. Referred to in the YM episode The Whisky Priest. Also mentioned in the YPM episode A Victory for Democracy, where Jim Hacker remarks that Chamberlain thought he had Hitler under control (referring to the Munich Agreement, see Chamberlain).
 
Howard, General Sir Geoffrey
Chief of Staff of the British army that first appears in the YPM episode The Grand Design. In this episode he shows Jim Hacker Britain's nuclear button. He is in favour of a large conventional army, and is thus very pleased about Hacker's plans to cancel Trident. When he learns however this would also entail re-introduction of conscription, he is horrified. He envisions an invasion of football hooligans in the army. He asks Sir Humphrey to stop Hacker canceling Trident. Also appears in the YPM episode Man Overboard, where he suddenly has been promoted to Chief of Defence Staff.
 
Hughes, Daniel
The Prime Minister's senior policy advisor in the YM episode The Writing on the Wall. He brings Sir Humphrey the news that the PM wants to close down the DAA.
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Ibsen, Henrik
Norwegian theatre play writer (1828-1906). He wrote plays criticizing society and government. Mentioned in the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts.
 
Irving, Henry
Stage actor that lived from 1838-1905 and is famous for his Shakespeare performances. His name is mentioned in the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts when an actress asks Jim Hacker who played Hamlet in the production Jim saw. She deliberately suggests Henry Irving even though he died in the early 20th century. Jim Hacker however seems to think he did see Henry Irving.
 
Iscariot, Judas
One of the apostles of Jesus Christ who later on betrayed him to the Romans. Jim Hacker compares one of his Cabinet colleagues, Basil Corbett, with Judas and remarks that he really gets warm feelings for Judas if he thinks of Basil Corbett. This is mentioned in the YM episode The Devil You Know. In the YM episode The Quality of Life however Jim Hacker is called Judas by the Warden of the City Farm he is closing down. In the YPM episode The Bishops Gambit Judas Iscariot is also mentioned.
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Jack
In the YM episode Open Government his name is mentioned as the new Cabinet Minister for the DHSS.
 
Jameson, Alexander
Candidate for becoming Governor of the Bank of England in the YPM episode A Conflict of Interest. He was a lay preacher and is know as very honest, though, intelligent and competent. He is therefore known as Mr. Clean. However, Sir Humphrey doesn't want him as Governor, because he will reveal the scandals in the City. Sir Humphrey succeeds and Sir Desmond Glazebrook (the complete opposite of Alexander Jameson) becomes the new Governor. 
 
Jaruzelski
Polish Party Secretary that came to power in 1981. Mentioned in the YPM episode A Diplomatic Incident by the American Vice-President as Gromyko's Polish joke.
 
Jeffrey
Chief Whip of the Party in the YM episode Party Games. He is concerned that if Duncan or Eric become PM they will split the Party. He sits in at a meeting with Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey when the security question-marks of both candidates are discussed. Jim is allowed to see the MI5 files on both candidates, but Jeffrey is not. He is not pleased about this. From the book we learn his full name is Jeffrey Pearson, but this is not mentioned in the episode.
In the YPM episode Man Overboard, another Jeffrey is also the Chief Whip of Jim Hacker. In this particular episode Jim interrogates Jeffrey whether or not the Employment Secretary is plotting against Jim. Jeffrey cannot believe his ears that Jim is suspicious of the Employment Secretary but promises to look into it further. The same Jeffrey also appears in the YPM episode The National Education Service. Here he advises Jim to do something about British education, else he will loose the next elections. 
 
Jeffreys, Judge
Mentioned in the YM episode Doing the Honours by Jim Hacker. Sir Humphrey's sentences are longer than judge Jeffreys. Judge Jeffreys presided over the bloody assizes after the Monmouth Rebellion in the 17th Century. He sentenced over 300 people to death and had their rotting corpses displayed around the county for over a year.
 
Jones, Ron
One of the people that received an honour as soon as Jim Hacker became PM. Mentioned in the YPM episode The Grand Design. However it turns out that there are two Ron Jones' and the wrong one (the Union leader) received a peerage, while it was intended for the other one (Jim's backbencher). Jim wanted to give them both a peerage but Sir Humphrey objected. As an alternative Sir Humphrey suggested to make the other Ron Jones Governor of the BBC, since he does not even have a tv-set.
 
Judas
See Iscariot, Judas.
 
Jumbo
Nickname for a colleague of Sir Humphrey in the early YM episodes. His real name is Sir Frederick Stewart, Permanent Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Suggests Sir Humphrey to start another Operation Hairshirt in the YM episodes The Economy Drive. He also appears in the YM episodes The Official Visit, The Writing on the Wall, and The Right to Know.
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Kennedy, Ludovic
BBC interviewer that first appears in the YM episode The Challenge. He always aims at cutting through all the long sentences politicians make up. Jim Hacker believes he can handle Ludo (as he calls him) so frightfully well. Well, that is at least what he thinks. Also appears in the YM episode Party Games, where he interviews Jim Hacker about his speech against the EEC plans to rename the British sausage into the Emulsified High-Fat Offal Tube. In the last YPM episode The Tangled Web, he interviews Sir Humphrey and manages to tape the off-the-record part where Sir Humphrey accuses the government of not having the guts to fight unemployment.
 
Kenyatta, Jomo
African politician and became president of Kenya in 1964. Kenyatta received the honour of JB (Jailed by the British), referred to in the YM episode Doing the Honours.
 
Keynes, Maynard
Famous economist whose theories on an active role of government spending influenced for instance the New Deal of US President Roosevelt in the 1930s. Mentioned by Sir Desmond Glazebrook in the YM episode The Quality of Life.
 
Krogers
British citizens that were caught for spying for the Soviet Union. Mentioned in the YPM episode One of Us.
 
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Laker, Freddie
Famous British airline pioneer that founded British United Airlines (BUA) and Laker Air. His name is mentioned in the YM episode The Official Visit with regards to the airplane from Burandan Airways that is supposed to be chartered from him.
 
Langford, Sir William
One of the announced guests at the cocktail party for theatre people at Number Ten. Mentioned in the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts.
 
Larousse, Gaston
One of the EEC Commissioners (probably from France). He calls Jim Hacker in the YM episode The Devil You Know to sound him out about being the next EEC Commissioner for Britain. He is stationed in Brussels. Jim Hacker already knows him.
 
Lawford, Jim
Opposition MP for Birmingham Southwest. Puts Jim Hacker on the spot in the YM episode The Compassionate Society, where he confronts Jim Hacker with a memo from the DAA showing that they have been juggling with the figures regarding the reduction of administrators. This presses Jim Hacker to allow for a full independent inquiry.
 
Lawley, Sue
BBC television reporter that presents the BBC program Nationwide. She features in the YM episode The Quality of Life where she is more popular than Jim Hacker. She interviews both Jim Hacker and Mrs. Phillips on the issue of the City Farm in Tower Hamlets. She is also in the Six O' Clock News that is shown in the YPM episode The Bishops Gambit.
 
Lawrence of Arabia
Nickname of Thomas Lawrence who organized the Arab resistance in World War I against the Turks. Jim Hacker compares Sir Humphrey with Lawrence of Arabia because Sir Humphrey is dressed in Arab clothes at the Qumran reception in the YM episode The Moral Dimension.
 
Lenin
Statesman that started the Russian revolution in 1917. His quote "Everything is connected to everything else" is used by Sir Humphrey in the YM episode The Whisky Priest.
 
Littler, Joan
MP for Liverpool Southwest and the PM's Parliamentary Private Secretary in the YM episode The Greasy Pole. She had a meeting with Jim Hacker regarding the plan of the British Chemical Corporation to produce propanol in her (marginal) constituency. She wanted Jim Hacker to refuse approving this contract, but Jim is quite positive about it (in the beginning). Jim Hacker only promises her to block the approval if the Henderson- committee views propanol as an unsafe chemical. She is not satisfied with this answer.
 
Luke
One of Jim Hacker's Private Secretaries with responsibility for foreign affairs. Although he works for Jim Hacker as liaison with the Foreign Office, he is also the their man in Number Ten. So in effect he is a plant. He appears in the YPM episode A Victory for Democracy. He is also the author of the "Northern Indian Ocean Situation Report" in that episode.
 
Luther, Martin
Founder of the Protestant movement in Europe. Jim Hacker uses one of his phrases ("Here I stand") in a speech against the EEC's plans to rename the British sausage into the Emulsified High-Fat Offal Tube.
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MacIver, Lord
Lord that headed up the security inquiry into the head of MI5 in the 1970's. Working for him in this inquiry was Sir Humphrey Appleby. Mentioned in the YPM episode One of Us.
 
MacLean
British civil servant that turned out to be spying for the Soviets during the Cold War. Mentioned in the YM episode The Death List and the YPM episode One of Us.
 
Macmillan, Harold
Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1957-1963. Referred to in the YM episode The Official Visit, where Sir Humphrey wonders whether Macmillan would also plan by-elections around an official visit (hoping this would generate votes), like Jim Hacker plans to do. Sir Frederick Stewart (Jumbo) thinks so, and Sir Humphrey actually agrees.
 
Major
Sir Humphrey greeted this man in the Club while he was having a conversation with Sir Arnold. This happened in the YM episode The Devil You Know.
 
Makarios III
Cypriotic archbishop and president who advocated an independent Cyprus. Makarios received the honour of JB (Jailed by the British), referred to in the YM episode Doing the Honours.
 
Mammon
Armenian word that Jesus Christ used to qualify wealth as an idol. In the YM episode The Quality of Life Jim Hacker asks Sir Humphrey whether he is serving God or Mammon. Sir Humphrey responds that he is serving the Minister.
 
Mandy
Secretary working in the private office of Jim Hacker in the YM episode The Economy Drive.
 
Marriott, Professor
Professor Marriott has written an article in the Political Review in the YPM episode Power to the People. In it he proposes a radical reform of local government. Later in the episode he even meets with Jim Hacker to inform him of the reform's benefits to the central government.
 
Martin
Foreign Secretary that helps Jim Hacker to save the DAA from closure in the YM episode The Writing on the Wall. He is a political friend of Jim Hacker. In the YM episode The Devil You Know Jim Hacker thinks that Martin may be moved to the Treasury, after which Jim Hacker might get the Foreign Office. We learn of his appointment as Foreign Secretary already in the YM episode Open Government. He also appears in the YM episode The Official Visit where it turns out that he is not well informed about foreign affairs; the most of the information he gets from television. The name Martin also appears in the YM episode Open Government as one of Sir Humphrey's subordinates. Sir Humphrey tells him to put the invoice for American computer equipment in one of Frank Weisel's boxes.
 
Master of Baillie College
First appears in the YM episode Doing the Honours. His name is not mentioned in the series. Also appears in the YPM episode The Bishops Gambit.
 
Maurice
The EEC agricultural commissioner that appears in the YM episode Party Games. He is clearly French from origin. He negotiates with Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey about the new name of the British sausage. They agree on calling it the British Sausage (instead of Emulsified High-Fat Offal Tube), and this ensures Jim Hacker of becoming Prime Minister.
 
Maxwell, Peter
Reporter of the Times that has lunch with Sir Humphrey in the YM episode The Bed of Nails. Sir Humphrey leaks on behalf of Jim Hacker information regarding the Integrated National Transport Policy to the Times. He leaks it by 'accidentally' leaving behind the paper on the Policy.
 
Mayor of Tower Hamlets
Appears briefly in the YM episode The Quality of Life, but his name is unclear.
 
McFarlane, Sir Wally
Chairman for the British Chemical Corporation (BCC), a government-owned corporation. Appears in the YM episode The Greasy Pole. Sir Wally has been chairman at the BCC for 10 years and in that time had to deal with over 19 different Ministers. He has quite a temper and is very hostile towards politicians. In the YM episode The Greasy Pole he wants Jim Hacker to approve the production of propanol by BCC, but Hacker is not willing to. Sir Wally threatens to resign over this issue.
 
McGregor, Fiona
British nurse that was arrested in Qumran for owning a bottle of whisky in the YPM episode The Bishops Gambit. The Foreign Office does not want to do anything about it, but the Dean of Baillie College rescues the nurse.
 
McKendrick, Sir John
Permanent Secretary at the DHSS in the YM episode Equal Opportunities. Appears in the meeting of Permanent Secretaries that discusses the 25%-quota within the Civil Service that Jim Hacker proposed. Everyone applauds the principle but concludes that it will not work in their department.
 
McKenzie, Robert (Bob)
Television reporter. Interviews Jim Hacker about the National Integrated Database for the program Topic in the YM episode Big Brother.
 
McKylie, Mrs.
An ordinary secretary (she can type!) at the DAA mentioned in the YM episode Open Government.
 
Michael
In the YM episode Open Government he called Jim Hacker to check whether he heard anything yet regarding a Cabinet post. He informs Jim that Bill had gotten Europe.
 
Mohammed, Prince
Prince of Qumran, present at the reception in the YM episode The Moral Dimension. He is introduced to Jim Hacker and calls him Excellency. Jim Hacker is very honoured by this.
 
Mohammed, Selim
Colonel and Commander-in-Chief of the Burandan military that came to power by declaring himself President after a coup d'état in the YM episode The Official Visit. This coup d'état placed Jim Hacker in a difficult position, because the former President was going to visit Britain and Jim Hacker planned three Scottish by-elections straight after the visit. He decided to reissue the invitation to Selim Mohammed. When Selim Mohammed arrived in Britain Jim Hacker immediately recognizes him as a fellow student at the London School of Economics, called Charles Umtali. Selim Mohammed knows that the success of his visit is linked to the three by-elections, and he uses this to blackmail Jim Hacker to give him a loan on extremely good conditions.
 
Monk, Simon
Managing Director of the National Theatre that appears in the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts. He is going to introduce Jim Hacker at the British Theatre Awards dinner. He is threatening Jim that in the speech he will accuse the government of barbarism and list funny ways of government waste in other areas. That unless the arts grant is increased substantially. Jim finally "persuades" him to tone down his speech by threatening to sell off the National Theatre building.
 
Monkton, George
Mentioned in the YM episode Doing the Honours because he stopped Cromwell melting down all the silver at Baillie College by telling him that the silver at Trinity College, Cambridge was of much better quality.
 
Moorhouse, Agnes
Radical local councilor from Houndsworth appearing in the YPM episode Power to the People. She is harassing her local police and Sir Humphrey has to have a word with her. Their political views are radically different, but at the end of the episode they unite against Jim Hacker.
 
Morgan, Joe
General Secretary of the Commercial and Administrative Workers Union. He was the TUC representative on the Solihull-project and features in the YM episode Jobs for the Boys. He meets Jim Hacker at a radio discussion about government and private investment partnership, together with George Conway. In his typical accent he tries to blackmail Jim Hacker for a special Birmingham allowance for his members, because of the Solihull-project. To silence him Jim Hacker makes him deputy chairman of the Industrial Co-partnership Committee.
 
Morrison, Herbert
British politician in the 1940s and 1950s (became Home Secretary in 1945) mentioned in the YM episode Party Games. He wanted to become PM but Clement Attlee hung in long enough as PM until Morrison was out of the running.
 
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Famous Austrian composer who lived from 1756-1791. Jim Hacker refers to him in the YM episode The Middle-Class Rip-Off to illustrate the fact that the Royal Opera House does not preserve Britain's cultural heritage, but the heritage of the Axis-Powers (Germany and Italy).
 
Mugabe, Robert
African nationalist and leader of the rebellion army of Rhodesia. Mugabe received the honour of JB (Jailed by the British), referred to in the YM episode Doing the Honours.
 
Muncaster, Martin
Reporter that covers the rescue operation of the dog Benjy on Salisbury Plain. Features in the YPM episode One of Us.
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Napoleon
Ruler of France and conqueror of most of Europe at the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century. Jim Hacker mentions him ruling France at a very young age in the YM episode Equal Opportunities to compare it with the old rulers in the Civil Service. Sir Humphrey remarks that Napoleon would have been a very bad civil servant. Also mentioned in the YM episode The Moral Dimension but now referring to a cognac brand. This was the secret code used to get alcoholic beverages in the security communications room at the Qumrani reception.
 
Nasser, Gamal Abd-el
President of Egypt from 1954-1970. Nationalized the Suez Canal in 1957 and thus came into conflict with France and Britain (led by Eden at the time). Mentioned in the YPM episode A Victory for Democracy.
 
Nehru, Jawaharlal
Statesman of India and Prime Minister in the fifties. Nehru received the honour of JB (Jailed by the British), referred to in the YM episode Doing the Honours.
 
Neil
Chairman of Hacker's Party in the YPM episode The National Education Service. His name is not mentioned in the series, but the book refers to him as Neil. Together with the Chief Whip, the Party Chairman advises Jim to do something about British education, else he will loose the next election. Or as he puts it: invite the wife of the leader of the Opposition to pick out curtains.
 
Nelly
Cleaning lady working in the DAA. During the YM episode The Economy Drive she is on a first name basis with Jim Hacker. Voted for Jim Hacker.
 
Nixon, Richard
President of the United States from 1969-1974. Had to resign from the presidency because of the Watergate scandal. The saying "When you got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow" of one of Nixon's henchman (probably Charles Colson) is referred to in the YM episode The Writing on the Wall.
 
Nkrumah, Kwame
President of Ghana from 1960-1966. Nkrumah received the honour of JB (Jailed by the British), referred to in the YM episode Doing the Honours.
 
Noble, Councilor
One of the Councilors that came to see Jim Hacker about the sale of the Corn Exchange Art Gallery in the YM episode The Middle-Class Rip-Off. Jim Hacker had to disappoint them because he just was made Minister for the Arts.
 
Norman
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence in the YPM episode The Ministerial Broadcast. His surname is not mentioned. Also appears in the YPM episode One of Us.
 
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Oldham, Betty
MP for Derbyshire East in the YM episode A Question of Loyalty. She got hold of a book on government waste within the DAA, written by Malcolm Rhodes. She seems to belong to the same party as Jim Hacker, because she got the book through the PM's office. Sir Humphrey describes her as a hostile MP on the Select Committee that scrutinizes government spending.
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Paul
Defence Secretary in the YPM episode A Victory for Democracy. Jim Hacker gives him a call to order an airborne battalion in Germany to fly to St. George's Island. Paul wonders how the PM knows that battalion was on standby. In the book his full name is mentioned as being Paul Sidgwick.
 
Pennington, Mr.
Name mentioned in the YM episode The Moral Dimension. A colleague of Sir Humphrey wants to introduce the host, Prince Mohammed, to Mr. Pennington.
 
Peter
Boyfriend of Lucy Hacker. He is very left wing oriented and planned to accompany Lucy in the nude protest vigil to save the badgers in the YM episode The Right to Know. Jim Hacker is not very happy with Lucy dating Peter. Also a civil servant in the DAA that wrote the Washington speech for Jim Hacker mentioned in the YM episode A Question of Loyalty.
Also the name of Jim's Foreign Affairs Private Secretary in the YPM episode A Diplomatic Incident. His full name is mentioned in the book as being Peter Gascoigne. 
 
Philby
British civil servant that turned out to be spying for the Soviets during the Cold War. Mentioned in the YM episode The Death List and the YPM episode One of Us.
 
Phillips, Mrs.
Warden of the school children's City Farm that is featured in the YM episode The Quality of Life. She is very pleased by Jim Hacker's promise to help the City Farm movement but infuriated as soon as she learns her City Farm is going to be closed down. Apparently her husband is deputy features editor of the Express, and she threatens Jim Hacker that his name will be manured.
 
Pilgrim, John
Special investigator for the Express. Wrote an article entitled "Let’s get rid of Jim Hacker" where he accuses the government of wasting public money. He comes up with an example that Inland Revenue has a larger staff than the Royal Navy. Marvelous quote: Perhaps the government thinks that tax is the best form of defence. The also found out that four ministries are involved in checking the supply of army uniforms. He ends his article by proposing to get rid off Jim Hacker, to save at least one salary. Obviously Hacker is very upset by this article and this starts off the YM episode The Economy Drive.
 
Plod, Inspector
Inspector of the Special Branch. Sir Humphrey wants him to investigate the leak of the chapter of Jim's predecessor memoirs in the YPM episode Official Secrets. This Inspector probably doesn't exist, but is a figure of speech regarding the Special Branch.
 
Pooh, Winnie the
British literary and US cartoon character. In the YM episode Doing the Honours the Master of Baillie College asks Sir Humphrey whether Jim Hacker has the intellectual caliber of Winnie the Pooh, so he can understand their difficulties. Sir Humphrey has to think a long time about this, but finally says yes.
 
Potts, Leslie
Minister for Sports in the YPM episode The Smoke Screen. He also represents the marginal constituency of Nottingham that has a lot of tobacco workers. He was a payed consultant for the British Tobacco Group. He urges Jim Hacker not to support Dr. Thorn's plan to eliminate smoking. In the end he is promoted to Minister of Health, even though his health seems to be very bad due to smoking.
 
Poulson, John
Name mentioned in the YM episode The Death List. Jim Hacker has supposedly visited a party of this person, and he is afraid the press knows. What "terrible things" happened at that party is unknown.
 
Pritchard, Bill
Press Officer of Jim Hacker during the YM and YPM episodes. First appears in the YM episode The Official Visit. He keeps appearing in several episodes during the entire series.
 
Pritchard, Lloyd
Assistant Private Secretary under Bernard Woolley that welcomes Jim Hacker at the DAA in the YM episode Open Government. He immediately takes care of Frank Weisel by taking him to the waiting room.
 
Pucccini, Giacomo
Famous Italian composer who lived from 1858-1924. Jim Hacker refers to him in the YM episode The Middle-Class Rip-Off to illustrate the fact that the Royal Opera House does not preserve Britons cultural heritage, but the heritage of the Axis-Powers (Germany and Italy).
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Ray
The Home Secretary in the YM episode Party Games. He is charged with drunken driving because he caused a lorry loaded with nuclear waste to overturn and subsequently hit the car of a newspaper editor. So it leaked (the story, not the nuclear waste). This causes the resignation of the Home Secretary. Jim Hacker thinks the early retirement of the PM has to do with the resignation of the Home Secretary: the PM did not want Ray to become PM. The same happened with Attlee and Morrison.
 
Reid, Sir Gordon
Permanent Secretary that is mentioned in the YM episode The Challenge. He ran local government policy (Local Authority Directorate) before this was relocated under the wings of the DAA.
 
Rhodes, Malcolm
Former assistant secretary in the DAA and now a management consultant in the United States. He had written a book on waste in the British government that is featured in the YM episode A Question of Loyalty. Jim Hacker later on recruited Malcolm Rhodes to head up an independent inquiry into government spending.
 
Richard, Sir
Mentioned by Luke in the YPM episode A Victory for Democracy. Luke wants to call in Sir Richard and the Foreign Secretary if Jim Hacker wants to see the Israeli Ambassador. Sir Richard is probably the Permanent Secretary of the FCO that was mentioned earlier in the episode as Dick. Appears in the YPM episode The Bishops Gambit when the Foreign Office refuses to help the British nurse that is arrested in Qumran.
 
Robinson, Sir Arnold
Secretary to the Cabinet in the YM episodes. He is also Head of the Civil Service and therefore helps Sir Humphrey in some cases. Appears in a lot of the YM and YPM episodes. In the last YM episode - Party Games - he retires as Cabinet Secretary and arranges for Sir Humphrey to become his successor. In the YPM episodes he continues to play a role, most of the time advising Sir Humphrey.
 
Rogers, Mrs.
Chief Administrator at St. Edward's hospital in the YM episode The Compassionate Society. She has to run a hospital with a staff of over 500 people, but without any doctors, nurses or patients.
 
Ronny
First name of the Foreign Secretary in the YPM episode A Victory for Democracy. In this episode he has a meeting with Jim Hacker about St. George's Island and the UN vote against Israel. On both topics, he has little knowledge. His Permanent Secretary mentioned he is perfectly housetrained.
 
Rosenblum, Professor Isaac
The government's Chief Scientific Advisor in the YPM episode The Grand Design. He fought in the Second World War at Arnhem and was decorated with a DSO for bravery. However, Sir Humphrey does not consider him one of us. In a conversation with Jim Hacker he states that Russia will only conquer Europe by salami tactics (slice by slice). During the conversation Jim Hacker realises he won't actually push the nuclear button. Professor Rosenblum agrees and proposes a large conventional army with ET (Emergent Technologies).
 
Ross, Constable
Employee of the Special Branch that was assigned to protect Jim Hacker against any assassination attempt. Jim Hacker had bodyguards because he was on a death list of the International Freedom Army in the YM episode The Death List.
 
Roy
Driver of Jim Hacker. In the first season of YM however he is known as George. As Roy he appears in the YM episode The Compassionate Society, Doing the Honours (only partly visible), The Devil You Know.
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Samson
Biblical figure mentioned in the YPM episodes The Key and A Conflict of Interest. The story is that Samson was brought down by a seductive woman (Delilah). In The Key Sir Humphrey compares Jim Hacker with Samson and Dorothy Wainwright with Delilah.
 
Sargent, Tom
Jim Hacker’s predecessor at the Department for Administrative Affairs. Member of the opposition. Works together with Jim Hacker on introducing safeguards in the National Integrated Database in the YM episode Big Brother. Since he has been in government for a couple of years he knows a lot about civil service stalling techniques.
 
Saunders, Major
Army officer that visited Jim Hacker at home in the YM episode The Whisky Priest. He told Hacker about a British computerized bomb that was found with Italian terrorists. He wanted Jim Hacker to use this information to start an investigation how these terrorists could get a hold of this bomb. To put pressure on Hacker he afterwards send a letter to Hacker referring to the conversation and Hacker's promise to do something about it, thus preventing Hacker the ability to deny any knowledge.
 
Savundra, Dr.
Mentioned in the YM episode The Death List. Jim Hacker has supposedly written a character reference for Dr. Savundra, and he is worried this might come out in the press. Savundra, Emil, originally Michael Marion Emil Anecletus Savundranayagam (1923 - 1976). Convicted swindler and fraudster, born in Sri Lanka. He gave himself the title of 'Doctor', and perpetrated huge financial swindles in Costa Rica, Goa, Ghana, China and Britain. He is best known in Britain for the crash of his Fire, Auto and Marine Insurance Co, which left 400,000 motorists without insurance coverage in 1966.
 
Scott, Sir Walter
Scottish writer and poet (1771-1832). He wrote The Antiquary that used the expression "but me no buts" introduced by Mrs. Centlivre. Mentioned by Bernard Woolley in the YPM episode The Key.
 
Shakespeare, William
Famous British writer of plays (1564-1616). His plays are regarded art, and Bernard quotes from one of them (Hamlet, act 1, scene 4) by saying "It is a custom more honoured in the breach than in the observance". Hacker doesn't recognise this quote and funnily accuses Bernard of destroying the most beautiful language in the world: the language of Shakespeare. Shakespeare and two of his plays are also mentioned in the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts.
 
Shaw, George Bernard
Irish play writer and social critic (1856-1950). Won the Nobel Prize in 1925. Mentioned in the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts.
 
Sheridan, Richard
British (Irish) writer of comical plays (1751-1816). His best know play is The school for scandal. Mentioned in the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts.
 
Shulman, Milton
Sir Desmond Glazebrook mixes up this name with Milton Friedman in the YM episode The Quality of Life.
 
Simpson, Sir Ian
Permanent Secretary at the Home Office in the YM episode Equal Opportunities. Appears in the meeting of Permanent Secretaries that discusses the 25%-quota within the Civil Service that Jim Hacker proposed. Everyone applauds the principle but concludes that it will not work in their department.
 
Smirnoff
Famous vodka brand. This name is used in the YM episode The Moral Dimension when Jim Hacker gets an urgent message from Mr. Smirnoff. This was the secret code used to get alcoholic beverages in the security communications room at the Qumrani reception.
 
Smythe, Rev. Christopher
The Dean of Baillie College in the YPM episode The Bishops Gambit. The Master and Bursar of Baillie College want to get rid of him, so Sir Humphrey later on can become Master of Baillie College. The Dean would be interested in becoming a bishop. Sir Humphrey arranges that his candidacy for the bishopric of Bury St. Edmunds becomes plausible, even though he is not interested in Christianity. 
 
Soames, Stephen
Candidate for the bishopric of Bury St. Edmunds in the YPM episode The Bishops Gambit. He is too religious and could attack the government on pornography, contraception, abortions, etc.
 
Soap, Joe
Jim Hacker refers to himself being Joe Soap because he seems to be the only one who does not know what is going on. This reference is in the YM episode Jobs for the Boys.
 
Spencer, Sir Mark
Prime Minister's Chief Special Advisor who first appears in the YM episode A Question of Loyalty. In this episode he has a talk with Jim Hacker about the Hacker's appearance before the Parliamentary Select Committee. He further appears in the YM episode The Bed of Nails where he participates in making sure Jim Hacker accepts the horrible job of Transport Supremo and trying to get him to formulate an Integrated National Transport Policy. We have reason to believe he leaked a confidential note of the PM to the press. Sir Mark has attended the London School of Economics, like Jim Hacker.
 
Spotteswoode, Alderman
Called Jim Hacker after his election to congratulate with his victory and inform whether he had a call from the PM yet. Jim Hacker was hoping this call was the Prime Minister! This happened in the YM episode Open Government.
 
Stanford, Canon Mike
Candidate for the bishopric of Bury St. Edmunds in the YPM episode The Bishops Gambit.  He is a modernist (codeword for non-believer) and left radical. Jim Hacker isn't very willing to choose him as bishop.
 
Stanley, Ben
Leader of the council of the London borough of Thames Marsh. Bernard Woolley tells that he is hated by all the press. Jim Hacker visits his borough in the YM episode The Challenge were he is asking him why he has spent less on Civil Defence than any other borough. He proclaims that Thames Marsh is a Unilateralist borough. He has however a reserved place in the only fall-out shelter in his borough.
 
Stewart, Sir Frederick
Permanent Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In the YM episodes more known under the nickname Jumbo. For further details see Jumbo.
 
St. Francis of Assisi
Founder of the Order of St. Francis and pronounced saint in 1228. Jim Hacker is called the St. Francis of Tower Hamlets in the YM episode The Quality of Life.
 
St. Joan of Arc
National hero of France who was burned alive in 1431. Sir Humphrey refers to her after Jim Hacker has been threatened to be roasted alive by the national press in the YM episode The Quality of Life.
 
Stravinsky, Igor
Famous American-Russian composer. Godfrey - the television producer that advises Jim Hacker on his first television appearance as PM in the YPM episode The Ministerial Broadcast - suggests that if the speech actually contains nothing new the opening music should be Stravinksy.
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Thorn, Dr. Peter
Minister for Health in the YPM episode The Smoke Screen. Dr. Thorn proposes radical measures (like banning tobacco advertising and a huge tax increase on cigarettes) to eliminate smoking. Jim Hacker uses his support for this plan to force the Treasury to accept Hacker's plan of an overall tax cut. To silence Dr Thorn after Jim wants to withdraw his support, he is offered a better job at the Treasury.
 
Timmins
Waiter at the private club that Sir Humphrey and Bernard Woolley visit in the YM episode The Writing on the Wall.
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Umtali, Charles
Fellow student of Jim Hacker at the London School of Economics. Known as Selim Mohammed he became President of Buranda after a coup d'état. Appears in the YM episode The Official Visit. For more information see Selim Mohammed.
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Verdi, Giuseppe
Famous Italian composer who lived from 1813-1901. Jim Hacker refers to him in the YM episode The Middle-Class Rip-Off to illustrate the fact that the Royal Opera House does not preserve Britons cultural heritage, but the heritage of the Axis-Powers (Germany and Italy).
 
Vere, Sir William de
Mentioned in the YM episode Doing the Honours because he directed a Baronial army away from Baillie College and had the army stationed at St. George's College instead.
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Wagner, Richard
Famous German composer who lived from 1813-1883. Jim Hacker refers to him in the YM episode The Middle-Class Rip-Off to illustrate the fact that the Royal Opera House does not preserve Britons cultural heritage, but the heritage of the Axis-Powers (Germany and Italy).
 
Wainwright, Dorothy
Jim Hacker's Political Adviser in the YPM episodes. She first appears in the YPM episode The Key. Under the former PM she was also his Political Adviser. Because of this experience she gives superb advise most of the times, and she has a better understanding of how the Civil Service works than Jim Hacker does.
 
Wainwright, Sir Peter
Permanent Secretary at the Department of Defence in the YM episode Equal Opportunities. Appears in the meeting of Permanent Secretaries that discusses the 25%-quota within the Civil Service that Jim Hacker proposed. Everyone applauds the principle but concludes that it will not work in their department.
 
Walden, Brian
British television personality. Mentioned in the YPM episode The Ministerial Broadcast. Jim Hacker is preparing his first TV appearance as PM and his Press Secretary suggests an interview with Brian Young. This would make Jim Hacker come across as a man of power.
 
Walker, John(nie)
Famous whisky brand. This name is used in the YM episode The Moral Dimension when Jim Hacker gets an urgent message from Mr. John Walker. This was the secret code used to get alcoholic beverages in the security communications room at the Qumrani reception.
 
Warren, Malcolm
Jim Hacker's Press Officer in the YPM episodes The Grand Design and The Ministerial Broadcast. He arranges all the PR like coverage of Hacker's visit to Washington and his first television appearance as PM.
 
Watkins, Maureen
One of the backbenchers of Jim Hacker's Party mentioned in the YM episode Equal Opportunities. Jim Hacker does not like her very much and thinks she is too much of a feminist.
 
Watson, Ron
General Secretary of the Union of Civil Service Transport and Associated Government Work. Visits Jim Hacker to check on the rumors of staff reductions in the DAA in the YM episode The Economy Drive. Jim Hacker mistakenly thinks he is Mr. Brough, the Manpower Planning Director for the North-East region. Jim Hacker therefore openly airs his views on the staff reductions and the incompetence of unions. This causes a strike among the civil service drivers. Furthermore, Ron Watson makes Jim Hacker’s view public in the press.
 
Weisel, Frank
Political advisor to Jim Hacker in the first season of the YM series. Very keen on how Jim Hacker’s actions are viewed by the public and especially the press. Sir Humphrey often intentionally pronounces his name as Weasel. Appears in Open Government, The Economy Drive, Big Brother, The Writing on the Wall and Jobs for the Boys.
Welsh, Professor
Professor Welsh is mentioned in the YPM episode A Real Partnership. Sir Humphrey suggests his name to be put up as chairman of the committee to review the Civil Service pay claim. As he is eager to become a member of the University Grants Committee, he will know what is expected of him. This even though the general consensus is that he is a silly old buffer.
 
Whitchurch, Sir Ian
Permanent Secretary of the Department for Health and Social Security (DHSS). Appears in the YM episode The Compassionate Society. See remarks below at Whitworth, Sir Ian.
 
Whittington, Sir Noel
Permanent Secretary of the Department for Health and Social Security (DHSS) in the YPM episode The Smoke Screen. Played by the same actor as Sir Ian Whitchurch and Sir Ian Whitworth (see above and below). In this episode he has a meeting with Sir Humphrey and Sir Frank Gordon to discuss a strategy to prevent Jim Hacker from executing the anti-smoking plan. It is hinted that Sir Noel will become a member of the board of the British Tobacco Group after his retirement.
 
Whitworth, Sir Ian
Permanent Secretary of the Department of the Environment. Played by the same actor as Sir Ian Whitchurch (see above), but now he is known as Sir Ian Whitworth instead and works at a different department. Helps out Sir Humphrey to select a planning inspector for the assessment of the sale of the Corn Exchange Art Gallery. Sir Humphrey wants it to be disapproved because otherwise the money received in the sale will be used to save the local football club Aston Wanderers. Sir Ian promises he will select a planning inspector that is eager for promotion and he will lay down some informal guidelines.
 
Widmore, Mrs.
A Private Secretary of Sir Humphrey in the YPM episode A Victory for Democracy. She delivers the telegram that East Yemen is preparing to invade St. George's Island.
 
Wilde, Oscar
British (Irish) poet and (play) writer (1854-1900). Was sentenced to prison in 1895 because of his homosexuality. Mentioned in the YPM episode The Patron of the Arts.
 
Wilkinson, Brian
Member of the board of Jim's local football club Aston Wanderers and member of the Borough Arts and Leisure Committee. Appears in the YM episode The Middle-Class Rip-Off. He deals with Jim Hacker regarding the closure of the Corn Exchange Art Gallery to save Aston Wanderers from bankruptcy.
 
Williams, Sir Maurice
A retired civil servant that is asked frequently to chair committees. In the YM episode The Compassionate Society Sir Humphrey recommends him to chair the independent inquiry on the DAA. He thinks Sir Maurice will exonerate the DAA because he is hoping for a peerage. It turns out however that this will not be the case. He also chairs the Joint Committee for the Resettlement of Refugees, and this should get him closer to a peerage than the DAA inquiry.
Witchell, Nicolas
BBC Six O' Clock News presenter that is mentioned in the YPM episode The Bishops Gambit.
 
Wogan, Terry
British television personality. Mentioned in the YPM episode The Ministerial Broadcast. Jim Hacker is preparing his first TV appearance as PM and his Press Secretary suggests an interview with Terry Wogan. This would make Jim Hacker come across as the people's friend. Terry Wogan is also mentioned briefly in the YPM episodes Power to the People and The Patron of the Arts.
 
Wolfson, Sir Isaac
Second man in history that got a college named after both in Oxford and Cambridge. Mentioned in the YM episode Doing the Honours.
 
Woodhouse, Barbara
British breeder of spaniels. Sir Mark Spencer mentions her with regards to what the Civil Service says about Jim Hacker (that he is a pleasure to work with). Sir Mark Spencer says that is what Barbara Woodhouse says about her prize-winning spaniels.
 
Woolley, Bernard
Principal Private Secretary to Jim Hacker in the YM episodes and in the YPM episodes. Bernard is very precise with how the English language is used and this is carried to the extreme. In the YPM episode The Tangled Web we learn that he has studied at Oxford. Appears in every YM/YPM episode.
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Yarwood, Mike
British entertainer that is famous for imitating other people's voices. Mentioned in the YPM episode The Tangled Web when Jim and Bernard listen to Sir Humphrey's radio interview. As they hear Sir Humphrey becoming more and more indiscrete, Sir Humphrey tries to save the situation by saying it was Mike Yarwood.
 
Young, Jimmy
British television personality. Mentioned in the YPM episode The Ministerial Broadcast. Jim Hacker is preparing his first TV appearance as PM and his Press Secretary suggests an interview with Jimmy Young. This would make Jim Hacker come across as a good fellow.
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