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Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection | [Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn]

Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 08-15-14
    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 08-15-14 Member Since 2015

    A lover of audiobooks of all kinds, since childhood, when long car journeys were accompanied by Discworld stories. @ReineDesLivres (Twitter)

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    "Does this work as an audiobook? Yes, Minister ..."

    This wonderfully witty, clever and beguilingly cynical look at British politics made perfect television when originally made, and it works just as well as an audiobook.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!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    magrathean Bangalore, India 02-15-15
    magrathean Bangalore, India 02-15-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Classic"

    The best comedy series ever. Can't get enough of it after all these years. Masterpiece in all aspects :script , performance, screenplay.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    beaver Leura, NSW 01-07-15
    beaver Leura, NSW 01-07-15
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    "Laughted our loud!"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. Betteridge 06-14-15
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    "It's funny because it's true."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen 05-20-15
    Ellen 05-20-15
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    "Memorable"

    Such great satire, it'll change the way you think about politics. I didn't realise it wasn't current, all the issues are so familiar.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Mueller 01-21-15
    M. Mueller 01-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Just plain fun!"

    While from the 80's- it is still fun to listen! Witty, humorous, Never silly! Just great! Really? Yes,
    absolutely dear listeners & readers!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-27-15
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved every minute of it but with the Yes, Prime Minister (2nd part of the book) it's obvious it's just the audio from the series on TV.
    Nevertheless really enjoyed it.

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    Dave 06-27-15
    Dave 06-27-15
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    "something wrong with the recording."
    Would you try another book from Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn and/or the narrators?

    no


    Has Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    narrators performance was good. the problem is in the recording


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    anger and disappointment that the recording is flawed


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Malabar, Australia 06-25-15
    Amy Malabar, Australia 06-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Laugh a minute"

    Great story. Very entertaining. You are sure to get a laugh. The audio is very good

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  • Mr. Philip R. Saunders
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    10/31/14
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    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Emma Liddiard
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    10/23/14
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    "Fantastic to have in the car"
    Where does Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Yes, my husband and I have been laughing out loud as we drive around over the weekends


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its very funny, quick and so many puns


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spoilt4Choice
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    "Pure, timeless class."

    A while since I watched the programmes. Audio version is magnificent and captures the scenes perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jolyon
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    "classic comedy wonderfully performed."

    one of my favourite shows. always able to raise a smile no matter which episode or days circumstances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tall
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    8/16/15
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    "laugh, chuckle then laugh some more"

    Fantastic, just as funny as the television series and pertinent now. Too young to really understand them when first shown, love them dearly now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    8/12/15
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    "As funny as ever"

    I had forgotten just how well written and performed this is, a great series and one I will listen to time and again

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  • Highlight
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    7/26/15
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    "BRILLIANT !!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    7/24/15
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    "A delight for any day"
    Would you listen to Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection again? Why?

    I have listened to this thrice already. Politically, understanding the way things work or just for the language, this series is unparalleled.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection?

    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?'


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Brendan Kernan
    7/23/15
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    "Wonderful"
    If you could sum up Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection in three words, what would they be?

    This has to be the Best Comedy Drama ever.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection?

    Some many - it should be part of any aspiring politicians training


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The original cast - need I say more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B W M WOOLLEY
    7/23/15
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    "Hooked"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection to be better than the print version?

    I couldn't comment on the print version if there is one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sir Humphrey Appleby is a very entertaining character. I particularly enjoy his careful choice of words to avoid answering questions.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The characters are distinct and consistent. It's interesting to listen to their situations develop.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are numerous funny moments. Chuckle rather than laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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