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Yes, Prime Minister 

James Hacker was propelled along the corridors of power to the very pinnacle of politics - Number 10.
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Cast

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

Following on from Yes Minister, Jim Hacker is now Prime Minister and Sir Humphrey Appleby is Cabinet Secretary. Bernard is also along for the ride, as Hacker's personal secretary. As in their previous roles, their jobs often devolve into a battle of agendas, ideals, wills and wits between Hacker and Sir Humphrey. Written by grantss

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1986 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Javisst, herr premiärminister See more »

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Runtime:

(16 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was a great fan of the series. See more »

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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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Academic praise
16 October 2004 | by imdb-3362See all my reviews

In my years as a student of political science at the university of Leiden, one of the professors used to rave about these series whenever the subject of British politics was on the agenda. And even though that professor wasn't the most humorous of chaps, his quotes and tales from the series always guaranteed a good laugh.

I recently got hold of the entire series, and even though I do view them with a somewhat scholarly mind (old habits, and such), laughing out loud is my usual response. So cleverly written, such an exquisite cast of characters, such a mild way of portraying profound cynicism ("A cynic is what an idealist calls a realist", dixit Sir Humphrey Appleby).

I will probably still look at it in ten, twenty, thirty years time (if I live to see the day) ... knowing that there will always be a Sir Humphrey Appleby, a Bernard Woolley and a Right Honorable James Hacker around somewhere preventing the series from becoming outdated.

I don't know if that's something to look forward to, but if it guarantees the same laughs, I'm all for it!


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