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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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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Due to the recording gap between the pilot episode and the rest of the first season, John Nettleton wasn't available to play Sir Arnold Robinson, leading to his role being taken over by Sir Frederick "Jumbo" Stewart, played by John Savident. When it came to the second season, however, the situation was reversed; Savident wasn't available, but Nettleton was, leading to Sir Arnold becoming a recurring character for the rest of the show's run. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sir Humphrey Appleby: If you're going to do this damn silly thing, don't do it in this damn silly way.
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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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Version of Rosenbaddarna (1990) See more »

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20 January 2004 | by BeEarnestSee all my reviews

This series is simply the best political comedy ever. From first hand experiences not with the british but the european administration and from my studies of political science I can pledge the satire to be really, really sharp. The dialogues are superb and I simply love the characters. Sir Humphrey is unbeatable. As a fellow writer already commented a must see for everyone into politics.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Yes Minister See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(21 episodes) | (1 episode)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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