For the first time in one audio collection, all 16 Yes Minister radio episodes plus six further TV episodes, 14 Yes Prime Minister episodes and two bonus sketches.
Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing. Presented here, for the first time in one collection, are the complete radio series of Yes Minister and the complete BBC television soundtracks of Yes Prime Minister. Also included are six TV soundtracks of Yes Minister and two special bonus mini-episodes: "The PM’s Plan", recorded in 1984 with Margaret Thatcher as herself, and a special segment created for "The Funny Side of Christmas" in 1982.
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This wonderfully witty, clever and beguilingly cynical look at British politics made perfect television when originally made, and it works just as well as an audiobook. Those familiar with the series will be very pleased by the chance to re-encounter Jim Hacker, Sir Humphrey Appleby and Bernard Woolley, and those unfamiliar are in store for a real treat.
Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister will reward multiple listenings, and there are two bonuses among the episodes: The Yes Minister sketch involving Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and a Christmas Greeting from Sir Humphrey Appleby to Jim.
Download it as soon as you can - you certainly won't regret it!
The best comedy series ever. Can't get enough of it after all these years. Masterpiece in all aspects :script , performance, screenplay.
This is a great series and one I will listen to again and again. It's farcical banter and beaurocratic nonsense has made me laugh out loud on my commute many any times. Such good fun!
narrators performance was good. the problem is in the recording
anger and disappointment that the recording is flawed
Regardless of the original production date, this series remains funny because it is still relevant. This is one that I can listen to repeatedly. The characters are interesting, funny, and knowable. The topics are real, the situations all too familiar, and you just know this is what really goes on in government, doubtless no matter the country. Yes Minister and the follow-up Yes Prime Minister are just funny- plain and simple.
"Some things change, some stay the same"
Classic comedy series. Brought back all the memories from 30 years ago. So full of memorable quotes that have become part of the English language.
And thirty years on we're still debating the same things - Some things change, some stay the same:
One: I am not a "badger-butcher".
Two: badgers are not an endangered species.
Three: the removal of protective status does not necessarily mean the badgers will be killed.
Four: if a few badgers have to be sacrificed for the sake of a master plan that will save Britain's natural heritage - tough!
- Episode Six: The Right to Know
"Fantastic to have in the car"
Yes, my husband and I have been laughing out loud as we drive around over the weekends
Its very funny, quick and so many puns
A master piece of political farce that cannot be outdone. The characters shine out. All the actors are perfect. Yes we love this show. We do not watch TV so have not viewed any of the shows and there is no need to as the material is so outstanding, it is perfect writing for the radio.
Even if you are not into Politics, you will love both of the Yes Minister & the Yes Prime Minister because the writing is so brilliant and the actors translate the humour beautifully.
If you love humour you will love these. We listened throughout for the full 18 & half hours over this weekend and still wanted more !! We could listen and laugh to these shows for ever. Such beautiful scripts and professional acting done to aplomb. Well done to all involved you are masters of your field and a great pleasure to listen to.
So sad that Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorn are no longer with us; two of our most distinguished actors that make you proud to be British.
"A delight for any day"
I have listened to this thrice already. Politically, understanding the way things work or just for the language, this series is unparalleled.
The Greasy Pole when the team at the DAA is explaining inert compounds and Bernard mutters 'It wouldn't ert a fly'.Equal Opportunities where Sir Humphrey illustrates how he is an ardent feminist explaining that some of his best friends... I.e. his wife and indeed his mother are women!'It was I' soliloquy in The Skeleton in the Cupboard'Have you lost your key?' In The KeySt. George's Island strategemWho reads the papers'Would you press the button? What is the last resort? Piccadilly?'
The Greasy Pole when the team at the DAA is explaining inert compounds and Bernard mutters 'It wouldn't ert a fly'.'It was I' soliloquy in The Skeleton in the CupboardCMG, KCMG AND GCMG!The BBC cannot give in to govt pressureAnnie Hacker's 'Got that boys?' The Death ListSir Arnold reprimanding Sir Humphrey in Doing the HonoursWho reads the papersThe whole episode - Party Games
This has to be the Best Comedy Drama ever.
Some many - it should be part of any aspiring politicians training
The original cast - need I say more.
I couldn't comment on the print version if there is one.
Sir Humphrey Appleby is a very entertaining character. I particularly enjoy his careful choice of words to avoid answering questions.
The characters are distinct and consistent. It's interesting to listen to their situations develop.
There are numerous funny moments. Chuckle rather than laugh.
Although it's an old series, this is the first time I've heard it and I'm really enjoying it. It's easy to listen to with each episode.
"Still the gold standard"
This collection is great value including all the yes minister and yes prime minister episodes. It still sets the standard for political comedy. Even after all these years it's amazing how relevant it still feels and slightly alarming that many of the big issues being covered are still the big political issues now!
This was always one of my favourites, and amazingly, still politically relevant. Some of the cleverest comedy around.
This is timeless - it will always be one of the great BBC comedies.
This is a brilliant collection of comedy. Each programme is beautifully performed and the politics are eerily contemporary despite the age of the writing. I'd recommend to anyone but particularly anyone who likes their comedy cerebral or about politics and personality.
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