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In an unlikely chain of events, Jim Hacker emerges as the most viable candidate for his party's next Prime Minister. Now that he gets his own car and driver, a nice house in London, a place in the country, endless publicity and a pension for life, what more does he want? Bernard: I think he wants to govern Britain. Sir Humphrey: Well, stop him, Bernard! Named o of the Top Ten TV programs of all time by the British Film Institute, this brilliantly observed comedy of manners pits the well-meaning Prime Minister Jim Hacker against the machinations of the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, in the ultimate political marriage of inconvenience. Paul Eddington (Good Neighbors) stars as Jim Hacker and Academy Award nominee Nigel Hawthorne (The Madness of King George) first drew wide notice in the role of Sir Humphrey Appleby.]]>
While Sir Humphrey is at times a little too sinister for sitcom consumption, all the series' classic features quickly show up: Hacker's occasional Churchillian bombast, followed by panicky double takes when flummoxed, and Sir Humphrey's unflappable verbosity as he brings the dead weight of civil service bureaucracy to bear against Hacker's naively optimistic schemes for open government and slashing red tape in episodes like "The Economy Drive." It's ironic that when Yes, Minister was first screened in the '80s, it was during the rampages of early Thatcherism in which government had never been less like the ineffectual politicking satirized here. --David Stubbs
This series has to be the best piece of TV humour ever written.
Jim Hacker (played by Paul Eddington) is a member of a party that has just won an election.
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Exceedingly clever political comedy about the never-ending battle between the politicians (the Minister) and the civil servants purporting working for the ministers in the English... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thomas V Murto III
As a former British Columbia cabinet minister I can assure you that this is more documentary than comedy - but then being in cabinet can be pretty funny. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rafe Mair
By far the best political comedy out there. The themes never change so it is as apt today as the 1980's as applies to the US as well as UK.Published 4 months ago by von Manstein
One of the best political satires ever. Sometimes it's a bit clumsy or otherwise flawed, but mostly it's incredible, in its humor and exposition of political techniques. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Craig
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