- Frank Gordon
name = Frank Gordon
other_names = Sir Frank Gordon, Sir Frank
caption = Sir Frank Gordon
first = "The Quality of Life"
last = "
A Conflict of Interest"
age = late 50s
Permanent Secretary of the Treasury
title = Sir
Sir Frank Gordon was the
Second Permanent Secretary to the Treasuryand later the Permanent Secretary to the Treasuryon the 1980s British sitcom" Yes Minister" and its sequel "Yes, Prime Minister". He was portrayed by Peter Cellier.
Sir Frank makes his first appearance in the "Yes Minister" episode "The Quality of Life," gleefully listening to Sir Humphrey Appleby's machinations against the latter's minister,
Sir Frank makes more frequent appearances in "Yes, Prime Minister," and in doing so, appears as both an ally and competitor with Sir Humphrey. As allies, in the "Yes, Prime Minister" episode of "
A Real Partnership," Sir Frank conspires with Sir Humphrey to push through a civil servicepay increase in a time of financial stringency. As competitors, Sir Frank attempts to undermine Sir Humphrey by suggesting that he would be able to take Humphrey's role in heading half of the British Civil Service ("The Key"). Indeed, it is their roles as de facto joint heads of the Civil Service (Sir Humphrey as Cabinet Secretary and Sir Frank as Permanent Secretary of the Treasury) that brings them most often into conflict.
Both Sir Frank and Sir Humphrey share many things in common, not the least being an aim to increase Civil Service pay and prestige at the cost of others, an extraordinary command of the English language, fine dining, and a superb ability to manipulate and advance their own self-interests.
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