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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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3   2   1  
1984   1982   1981   1980  
Top Rated TV #158 | 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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A rather unique and rather fitting achievement, in a 2006 poll, British MPs voted Yes Minister as the greatest political comedy of all time. See more »

Goofs

Televisions come on instantly, which didn't happen at the time the series was made. See more »

Quotes

Sir Humphrey Appleby: The Prime Minister Giveth, and the Prime Minister Taketh Away. Blessed be the Name of the Prime Minister...
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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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Witty Political Britcom
13 July 1999 | by Matt M.See all my reviews

"Yes, Minister" was an impeccably written, masterfully witty British political satire.

The late Paul Eddington was very funny as James Hacker, a bumbling minister who is constantly at odds with his civil servant, Sir Humphrey Appleby, played masterfully by Oscar winner Nigel Hawthorne.

This show provided perhaps the most insightful and interesting look behind the scenes of the British, or any political system. This show gives new meaning to the saying, "Red Tape."

It's a shame it's not on in the US much anymore, but it's still available on video.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1980 (UK) See more »

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(21 episodes) | (1 episode)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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