The General Assistance Department was formed to help with the workload in other departments, no matter if it has something to do with the army, transport, health or culture - you name it, they will help with it. Well, "help" could be too strong word for what they actually do. Deryck Lennox-Brown and Richard Lamb are two civil servants, who with a little help (usually very little help) from their secretary Mildred Murfin, try to deal with the things other departments can’t handle at that time. Unfortunately Lennox-Brown and Lamb are the typical representatives of Civil Service - not exactly competent, not exactly keen to work and not exactly gifted to deal with complicated matters. That is why their boss, Sir Gregory Pitkin, spends most of his time (that he actually spends at work) on fixing their mistakes.
British classic radio sitcom about fictional General Assistance Department and its incompetent staff, who each time try to fix their mistakes and usually create even more chaos in the process. Well written and well acted episodes cover a wide range of things government have to deal with and usually they are great fun to listen.
|The show idea|
Although Edward Taylor is the creator of the show it was Richard Murdoch, who gave him the idea for radio comedy about incompetent civil servants (hoping of course to be one of the stars in the show). It worked well enough to give them both 18 years of work together during the original run of Men from the Ministry.
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Sir Gregory Pitkin: [after Richard Lamb sabotaged the computer] Computers makes no mistakes! It’s the man behind it!
Mrs Livingstone: We must fight those counselors who want to pull down our older buildings.
narrator: The Civil Servants are always ready and willing - few are ready to work and the rest is willing to let them.