The series follows the fictitious character of Right Honorable James Hacker MP, Minister for Administrative Affairs, played by Paul Eddington, trying to keep his head above nasty political waters, and usually up against Whitehall bureaucrat Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne).
|Radio Times cover for the week from 21-27 February 1981|
Famously accurate in the spirit of the relationship between civil servant and politician in the early 1980s, it was allegedly Margaret Thatcher's favourite show.
sources: BBC Genome (schedule & pic.), BBC archive.
....also On This Day: the "23-F" coup d'état took place in Spain, ending the following day.