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Yes, Minister 4 Seasons

Season 3
4.9 out of 5 stars (74) IMDb 8.7/10

In SeasonThree, the Minister decides there should be more women occupying top jobs in the Civil Service. Meanwhile, Sir Humphrey reminds Jim that subsidies are only for art and culture, not for entertainment forms that the people actually want.

Starring:
Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne

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1. Equal Opportunities

The Minister decides there should be more women occupying top jobs in the Civil Service. This raises some eyebrows around the Department, particularly those of Sir Humphrey.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: November 11, 1982
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2. The Challenge

In a re-organization of government administration, Jim has the task of reducing local government bureaucracy. While commenting to a BBC radio interviewer, Jim begins to realize just how daunting this task will be.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 30 minutes Release date: November 18, 1982
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3. The Skeleton in the Cupboard

Sir Humphrey wants a local authority disciplined because they have omitted some required paper work. The Minister will not comply, as the local authority is one of the most efficient in the country.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 30 minutes Release date: November 25, 1982
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4. The Moral Dimension

The Minister leads a delegation to the Persian Gulf. Sir Humphrey is on hand as his guide. One must learn in this part of the world that there is a recognized difference between a bribe and an "extra-contractual payment."

TV-PG CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: December 2, 1982
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5. Bed of Nails

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.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: December 9, 1982
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6. The Whiskey Priest

The Minister is in possession of some embarrassing information on the sale of British arms to Italian terrorists. It takes all of Sir Humphrey's skill to convince Jim not to do anything foolish with the news.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: December 16, 1982
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7. The Middle Class Rip Off

Jim wants to rescue a struggling football club from financial difficulties. Sir Humphrey believes that subsidies are only for art and culture, not for some entertainment form that the people actually want.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: December 23, 1982
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This is an amazingly great series. My son was studying politics in Scotland, and a civil servant guest-lecturing to his class recommended this as a way to get insight into how the UK government really works. The scriptwriting is superb, with one memorable line after another, and the actors absolutely brilliant. Also see the successor series, Yes Prime Minister.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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I've been a devoted fan of Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister since I was stationed in Britain during the 1980s and first saw it on the Beeb. I've owned both complete series on DVD since they first became available. It never gets old. The Whiskey Priest is my favorite episode because it is so discomfiting. Having been involved with government my entire career, this one cuts just a little to close to the bone. The humor in this episode is cleverly written (as they all are) with plenty of satirical bite, but what makes it unique in the series is that I found myself actually weeping for Jim Hacker who despite his fervent desire to do the right thing, ends up fettered and rendered completely ineffectual amid a self-serving, and self-perpetuating system that requires its members to check their consciences at the door.
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