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This wonderfully witty, clever and beguilingly cynical look at British politics made perfect television when originally made, and it works just as well as an audiobook.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!
"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 national treasure"
Funny then and funny now, this is a classic piece of comedy not to be missed and most highly recommend.
Fantastic classic comedy from the 80's that is as fresh today as when it was first aired
The battle between James Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appelby is a joy to behold
Only downside about this priceless collection is that you cant get the individual titles on your menu which means you have to listen to the intro before you can tell which episode you are listening to.
"British Comedy Gem"
Excellent audio episodes and a great reminder of how great writing and perfectly timed comedic acting can come together.
"Great series and a great listen"
Great series, listened to it on my drive to work and throughly enjoyed it. Well worth a repeat listen or two
"A feast you can enjoy again and again"
Go on download it! Treat yourself, you'll listen again and again, well worth the virtual shelf space
"Still as fresh as ever"
Yes, of course and I already have done so. Time does not dim the humour, the exemplary performances not the truth behind the fun: our politicians are figureheads only, the real politics are all behind the scenes.
The timing and humour of the performances which enhance the already wonderful script.
The trip to Oxford by car and the explanation as to why there were two excellent motorways in that direction but nothing to Cambridge or the north.
Much laughter, no tears but a lot of looking at present day political behaviour with despair. Nothing really changes except to get worse.
I have seen the Yes Minister series on T.V. and this audio only is at least as funny as the visual episodes. Nothing is lost by the absence of pictures.
"An insight into the cabinet?"
Transition from visual to audio works well. Favourite episode is The Key when Sir Humphrey's wings are clipped. Laugh out loud moments throughout.
If you remember the TV series, then you know what to expect. If you don't, this is a perfectly self contained audio production.
Its gentle comedy is frequently interrupted by some savage barbs, very funny and perfectly executed by the cast. Cleverly written, brilliantly interpreted and great value, given the number of episodes.
The thing that is so striking is that apart from some references, e.g.to the EEC instead of the EU, the plot-lines are still current - bureaucracy from Brussels, defence cuts, jobs for the boys and so on. Everything changes and yet still stays the same! A perfect way to enjoy a traffic jam!
I can't praise it too highly.
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