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25 February 1980 (UK) See more »
The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms - or so he thinks. Full summary »
6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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A show that bites. Great comedy. See more (27 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 22)

Paul Eddington ... James Hacker (22 episodes, 1980-1984)

Nigel Hawthorne ... Sir Humphrey Appleby (22 episodes, 1980-1984)

Derek Fowlds ... Bernard Woolley (22 episodes, 1980-1984)

Diana Hoddinott ... Annie Hacker (10 episodes, 1980-1984)

Series Directed by
Peter Whitmore (15 episodes, 1981-1984)
Sydney Lotterby (6 episodes, 1980)
Series Writing credits
Antony Jay (22 episodes, 1980-1984)
Jonathan Lynn (22 episodes, 1980-1984)

Series Produced by
Peter Whitmore .... producer (15 episodes, 1981-1984)
Sydney Lotterby .... producer (6 episodes, 1980)
Series Original Music by
Ronnie Hazlehurst (22 episodes, 1980-1984)
Series Film Editing by
Alistair McKay (4 episodes, 1981)
John Dunstan (2 episodes, 1982-1984)
Series Production Design by
Dacre Punt (4 episodes, 1981)
Gary Pritchard (4 episodes, 1982)
Tim Gleeson (3 episodes, 1980)
Tom Yardley-Jones (3 episodes, 1980)
Tony Burrough (3 episodes, 1981)
Andree Welstead Hornby (3 episodes, 1982)
Series Costume Design by
Jackie Southern (13 episodes, 1980-1981)
Judy Allen (7 episodes, 1982)
Series Makeup Department
Cheryl Wright .... makeup artist / makeup designer (8 episodes, 1981-1984)
Dorka Nieradzik .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1980)
Toni Chapman .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1982)
Series Production Management
Brian Jones .... production manager (15 episodes, 1981-1984)
Series Art Department
Bob Sutton .... properties buyer / property buyer (8 episodes, 1980-1982)
Series Sound Department
Alan Machin .... studio sound / sound: studio (9 episodes, 1980-1984)
Malcolm Johnson .... studio sound (7 episodes, 1982)
Richard Chamberlain .... studio sound (6 episodes, 1980)
Ron Blight .... film sound / sound: film (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Derek Slee .... studio lighting (7 episodes, 1981)
John Dixon .... studio lighting (7 episodes, 1982)
Peter Ware .... senior cameraman (6 episodes, 1980-1982)
Peter Winn .... studio lighting (6 episodes, 1980)
Reg Pope .... film cameraman (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothea Wallace .... costume (1 episode, 1980)
Series Editorial Department
Joan Duncan .... vision mixer (13 episodes, 1980-1981)
Bill Morton .... vision mixer (6 episodes, 1980-1982)
Neil Pittaway .... video tape editor / editor: video tape / ... (4 episodes, 1980)
Graham Sisson .... video tape editor (3 episodes, 1981)
Ron Bowman .... video tape editor (2 episodes, 1980)
Steve Murray .... video tape editor (2 episodes, 1981)
Sam Upton .... video tape editor (2 episodes, 1981)
Chris Wadsworth .... video tape editor (2 episodes, 1982)
Ian Williams .... editor: video tape / videotape editor (2 episodes, 1982)
Series Other crew
Gerald Scarfe .... title sequence (22 episodes, 1980-1984)
Lesley Langan .... production assistant (8 episodes, 1981-1982)
Brian Jones .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1980)
Lydia Frankenburg .... assistant floor manager (7 episodes, 1982)
Jackie Foote .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1980)
Judy Loe .... producer's assistant (6 episodes, 1980)

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30 min (21 episodes) | 60 min (1 episode)
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Did You Know?

When Sir Arnold is at lunch with Sir Humphrey, he (Sir Arnold) always has a melon starter.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Sir Humphrey Appleby:It's always a victory of the heartless over the mindless.See more »
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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A show that bites. Great comedy., 19 February 2005
Author: Baldrick44 from Brisbane, Australia

I first saw Yes Minister when I was about eight. Even then I could see some of the humour that would lead me to fall in love with it years later, but I had no idea that I would to such a degree. Paul Eddington plays the Rt. Hon. James Hacker MP, Cabinet Minister in charge of the department of Administrative Affairs. He comes to his position high minded and full of ideals, only to find them being compromised as he finds that he is merely a cog in something far bigger, something he has little, and at times no control over. This bigger entity is humanised in the form of Machievellian Permanent Secratery Sir Humphery Appelby ( a brilliant Nigel Hawthorne ), who opposes the Minister on every turn with the power of the Civil Service behind him. Switiching sides as he sees fit is Hacker's Principal Private Secretary, Bernard Wooley ( Derek Fowlds, who's great ), a high flier who's job is to stand by Hacker, but who's future lies with Sir Humphery and the Civil Service. The great thing about this show is that although Hacker is weak, cowardly and vote-grubbing, you cannot help but pity him as his ideals and principles become distorted and disappear completely due to the brutal pragmatism placed on him not only by Appelby and the Civil Service but also his own Cabinet colleagues. A must for any one studying a Social Science.

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