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Yes, Minister

Running from 1980 to 1986, Yes Minister (later Yes Prime Minister) is one of the most popular of all comedy series. Set in an only just fictionalised Whitehall, it follows the career of ambitious MP Jim Hacker (Paul Eddington) in his largely fruitless struggles for supremacy with his permanent departmental secretary, the supremely self-assured Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne). Sir Humphrey has elevated the professional slipperiness of the senior civil servant into an art form, his whole mission being to thwart the inexperienced junior minister in his every attempt to implement government policy. In a classic episode of 1981, a newly opened hospital is fully staffed with administrative personnel, and only lacks medical staff and patients. The dumbfounded Hacker is repeatedly assured that having patients around would interfere with the smooth running of the place. Former prime minister Baroness Thatcher was the programme’s most celebrated fan, declaring that “its closely observed portrayal of what goes on in the corridors of power has given me hours of pure joy”.

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The 1980's Political comedy series is truly a great icon of Britain. The series stars Paul Eddington as James Hacker MP who on being appointed to the office of Secretary of State for Administrative Affairs, finds that his permanent secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby is opposed to just about everything that he does (Hacker finally realises that Humphreys view on the matter is that: 'many, many things must be done, but nothing should ever be done for the first time'). Between these two warring parties is Jim's somwhat inexperienced private secretary, Bernard Wooley who is not quite sure whose side he is on. Altogether, this makes for an uproriously funny series, always ending with the same two word spoken by Humphrey: 'Yes, Minister'.

Fergus Colquhoun


A perfect English sitcom - hilariously funny and brilliant obsevation of political life in England. This programme epitomises everything that is great about English TV and the Enlgish people
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