Yes, Minister 4 Seasons 1982

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Season 3
(67) IMDb 8.3/10

5. Bed of Nails TV-PG CC

Jim is given the job of implementing an Integrated National Transport Policy. Sir Humphrey explains the job could turn into a nightmare for the Minister and endeavors to protect him from any discomfort.

Starring:
Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne
Runtime:
30 minutes
Original air date:
December 10, 1982

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Season 3

Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Peter Whitmore
Starring Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne
Supporting actors Derek Fowlds, John Nettleton, Nigel Stock, David Firth, Peter Dennis, Robert East, David Rose
Season year 1982
Network BBC
Producers Peter Whitmore
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

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Great wit and timeless humor.
S. Duffy
Their concerns and discussion are still applicable today.
Sally Sharp
It is very well written and very well acted.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Enrique on February 28, 2014
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When I was 13 I sw this show for the first time, and I did not get it...now years later I roll off the floor laughing. The British love their politics, and they excell at making fun of them. Highly recommend this show, for the brilliant acting, and the thoughtful stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 6, 2013
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The writing is witty, smart and amazing. The three lead actors' deliveries are natural, in-character and never forced. The plots and behavior are scarily accurate, and a good reminder of Churchill's comment: "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."

I was introduced to this series 20 years ago when I worked in a government role with lots of exposure to politics. My boss, amused by my idealism and frustration, "assigned" me his videotaped collection of the series to instruct me on the true ways of policymaking and implementation.

After recovering from my horror (and my laughter) at seeing this jaded, cynical view of what should be a noble endeavor for the good of mankind, my own experiences validated the instruction. It was a manual followed step-by-step by the civil servants and politicians I met in that job and throughout my career.

I eventually bought and watched the DVD collection in 2002, and just now watched again the three seasons of Yes, Minister on Amazon Prime. While the sets, situations and video style are dated, the interplay of the three leads is timeless, as are the lessons we learn each episode about the real world of democratic politics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Clarkson on November 4, 2013
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Best political comedy ever! 2nd only to "Yes Prime Minister." Almost prophetic in it's criticism of the bureaucratic, centrally controlled state - lessons for the U.K. as well as the U.S.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James H. Gray on December 7, 2013
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Great acting, a witty jab at bureaucracy and still relevant in today's world. A masterful use of the English language.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Eggers on January 17, 2014
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One of my favorite shows as are many old English comedies. I just wish they would make more of this kind.
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I think I said it all in my summary, but I will add that the writing, directing, and acting is top notch. Actors Sir Nigel Hawthorne (representing the bureaucracy) and Paul Eddington (as the elected politician) make the perfect pair, with Derek Fowlds as the underling amused by it all, and sometimes smoothing the way between them. Makes me laugh every time I watch it (all seasons).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By geezerrunner on January 16, 2014
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It is dated but clearly shows the self-serving hypocrisy and venality of all politicians. However, they are polite, elegantly spoken, and funny, and the minister begins with good intentions that are distorted by the system. But there are some surprising twists. I enjoy the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Anderson on August 20, 2013
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Loved the writing and delivery. Wonderfully funny. I'm an American, but lived in the UK for a while. So I was exposed the the parliamentary form of govt there. But the bureaucratic attitudes and mindset are universal
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