Yes Minister (1980–1984)

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Paul Eddington ...
 James Hacker (22 episodes, 1980-1984)
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 Sir Humphrey Appleby (22 episodes, 1980-1984)
Derek Fowlds ...
 Bernard Woolley (22 episodes, 1980-1984)
Diana Hoddinott ...
 Annie Hacker (10 episodes, 1980-1984)
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James Hacker is the British Minister for Administrative Affairs. He tries to do something and cut government waste, but he is continually held back by the smart and wily Permanent Secretary of the Department, Sir Humphrey Appleby. Private secretary Bernard Woolley is caught in the middle, between his political master, and his civil service boss. Written by Tony Lammens <lammens@connexus.apana.org.au>

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Only three episodes in the series - {The Economy Drive (#1.3)}; {Big Brother (#1.4)}; and {The Right to Know (#1.6)} - did not end with the phrase "Yes Minister." See more »

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During the train sequence in "The Official Visit", a close-up shows that the warning notice on the wall is written in gibberish. See more »

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Bernard Woolley: That's one of those irregular verbs, isn't it? I give confidential security briefings. You leak. He has been charged under section 2a of the Official Secrets Act.
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Should be requirement for any political science degree
7 September 2001 | by (Stanford, California, the USA) – See all my reviews

Yes Minister is Britain after three hundred years of Democracy.

As an assessment of Democracy it is hard to surpass, and so I believe that every one studying for a degree in political science should watch this serial, or better still, read the books.

I watched this programme with my parents who are civil servants (in India), and they tell me that every bit is true.

If one had to nitpick, then I should observe that the initial episodes had more of a serious strain than the later ones. They are better because they concentrate on the politics, rather than on the comedy as is the case in the later episodes. Yes Minister became massively popular very quickly, and so the authors naturally tried to enhance its comic appeal. The last few episodes are a bit feeble in comparison to the initial ones, though they are, of course, still much, much better than any other television comedy.

Crossman's diaries are the real antecedents of this programme, and some of the incidents, such as moving the contents of the in tray to the out tray come directly from Crossman.

This is the best programme on television that I have seen, and the the standard by which one should judge all others.


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