Yes, Prime Minister (1986–1987)

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James Hacker was propelled along the corridors of power to the very pinnacle of politics - No. 10.

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Series cast summary:
Paul Eddington ...
 James Hacker (16 episodes, 1986-1988)
 Sir Humphrey Appleby (16 episodes, 1986-1988)
Derek Fowlds ...
 Bernard Woolley (16 episodes, 1986-1988)
Diana Hoddinott ...
 Annie Hacker (8 episodes, 1986-1988)


Following a series of circumstances involving the Eurosausage, the Home Secretary drink driving and the Chancellor's dalliances with a shady lady from Argentina, Minister for Administrative Affairs Jim Hacker finds himself elevated to Number 10 Downing Street without being quite sure how he got there. But life as Prime Minister is no easier than being a Minister; Hacker still finds his every move challenged by the Civil Service as represented by his new Cabinet Secretary, the ever-wily and manipulative Sir Humphrey Appleby, who is as equally determined that nothing should change as Hacker is that changes should be made. Wandering nervously between them is Bernard Wooley, Hacker's private secretary, who continues juggling his responsibilities to his political master with his loyalties to his Civil Service colleagues... Written by Scott Nisbet

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Release Date:

9 January 1986 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Javisst, herr premiärminister  »

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(16 episodes)

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James Hacker: I know exactly who reads the papers. The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country. The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country. The Times is read by people who actually do run the country. The Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country. The Financial Times is read by people who own the country. The Morning Star is read by the people who think the country should be run by another country. And the Daily Telegraph is read by ...
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2 March 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Easily the best political satire ever to grace a television screen. This follow-up to the earlier Yes Minister is perfect in every way. Absolutely cutting, and sadly still as relevant as it was 20 years ago. The acting is top notch, with each episode containing many great lines. "The Bishop's Gambit", "Man Overboard" are particular highlights, but no episode is lacking in quality. Get this on DVD or wait till it is repeated on ABC (if you are in Australia).

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