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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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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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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Despite playing the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, "Sir Arnold Robinson", John Nettleton was a year younger than Peter Cellier who played "Sir Frank Gordon", Permanent Secretary at the Treasury, a lower civil service rank. See more »

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Bernard will often answer the telephone, listen for a second or two, then deliver a lengthy message of what he was supposed to have heard. See more »

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Bernard Woolley: It makes me feel rather downcast. If it's our job to implement Government Policies, shouldn't we believe in them?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: What an extraordinary thing to say.
Bernard Woolley: Why?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Bernard, I have served 11 Governments in the last 30 years, if I believed in all their policies, I would have been passionately commited to keeping out of the Common Market and passionately committed to going into it, I would've been utterly convinced of the rightness of Nationalising Steel, and of denationalising it, and renationalising it. On ...
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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 (composed by Max Harris with Sidney Margo). See more »

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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 21 April 2020 (2020) See more »

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A show that bites. Great comedy.
19 February 2005 | by Baldrick44See all my reviews

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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25 February 1980 (UK) See more »

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(21 episodes) | (1 episode)

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