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Yes Minister 

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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.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
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
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Storyline

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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UK

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English

Release Date:

25 February 1980 (UK) See more »

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Javisst, herr minister See more »

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(21 episodes) | (1 episode)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The role of James Hacker was written with Paul Eddington in mind. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sir Humphrey Appleby: It's always a victory of the heartless over the mindless.
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Alternate Versions

The pilot version of the first episode, "Open Government", was released on the UK DVD release of Series 1. It differs from the broadcast version in having different, cheaper-looking titles and different theme music. See more »

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Referenced in Empire of the Censors (1995) See more »

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Amazing acting and excellent writing
25 June 2005 | by SaturdayNightFrySee all my reviews

I love the way the writers, Anthony Jay and Jonathon Lynn, wrote the characters of Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appleby. Jim is shown to be a weak, indecisive politician eager to change his mind to keep the voters happy, yet the audience love him. Humphrey is shown as a dominating, power-mad, scheming civil servant and yet the audience love him too! It's wonderful. And of course poor Bernard who is stuck in the middle, always a little unsure as to where his loyalties lie. As well as the excellent writing, the programmes wouldn't work without the wonderful talent of Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds. After watching just one or two episodes one thinks that the actors were born to play their parts! A must for future politicians!


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