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This wonderfully witty, clever and beguilingly cynical look at British politics made perfect television when originally made, and it works just as well as an audiobook.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!
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.
I was an enthusiast of both TV shows and still think they were wonderful. However, I'm disappointed with the audiobooks because they don't lend themselves to the (poor quality) live, on stage, audio format, with (canned?) laughter and other distracting sounds the mikes pick-up that lend one to consider the whole presentation amateurish. It's doubly disappointing, as the original shows are recalled as cutting edge comedy, at the time. The years have not been kind to the performances. I'm afraid this audiobook is not up to Audible's standard of excellence.
Even though this series is decades old, the lessons it teaches about democracy, power, and politics are as fresh as today. Written by British insiders with tongue firmly in cheek and keeping the upper lip stiff, it is both entertaining and enlightening. The actors bring the words to life and, although much of this audio series comes straight from the video--laugh track and all--it still entertains. If you have the good fortune to see the videos (youtube has most of them) hearing the dialogue refreshes the memory of the horrified facial expressions that are so well done in the videos. Definitely recommend.
"Fantastic listen, however...."
Still a fantastic show and not at all dated. This is a great collection but the fact the title and end credits are present in every chapter (and it appears unskippable) does get annoying when undertaking a longer listen hence loosing a *. Would be 5* if they could fix this.
"Funny and relevant"
This is my favourite audible book and I have listened to it more times than I know. It still makes me laugh out loud, even though I know what is coming. It amazes me how relevant all the topics and catastrophes that happen still are. I would def recomend it to people of all ages but particularly if you have an interest in politics.
"Hasn't dated a day."
This is the most wonderful political comedy. As fresh now as it was when I first watched the TV series in the 1980's. Most enjoyable is the great writing and sparking performances.
This hard to compare. It's a brilliant British radio play and completely different to anything else that I've seen on Audible.
No, I haven't
I listened episode by episode overall few weeks.
"I wished it would never end"
This had me smiling the whole time I was listening to it and as the title says I just wish it hadn't ended. It brought back wonderful memories of the TV series and in fact I believe that it was just the recording of the original TV series rather than especially made for audio, but this didn't detract at all from the quality. The actors are a sheer delight and the script has lost none of it's wit all these years later and in fact the stories of government and the civil service could have been written just days previously and would still have been relevant today. Which considering some of the storylines, is a little scary, don't you think?
That is was a recording of the TV series. I think it helped that I had seen the orginal TV programme as I was able to picture the actors as they spoke and their expressions, but I think it would still be magic for anyone who hadn't seen the TV series
Sir Humphrey, as played by Nigel Hawthorne - such a shame he's no longer with us
Government and the Civil Service - How it really is
What can I say about this phenomenal series that hasn't already been said a thousand times before? If (like me) you loved the television series then there's no reason why you won't like these audio versions, since they use the same amazing scripts (adapted for radio) and star the same original cast (indeed even many of the minor characters are played by the same actors). Not only that but they also manage to convey all of the fun and spontaneity that was present in the TV series which lifted it from merely "good" to "truly great". Buy it, you will not be disappointed.
"Excellent light entertainment"
Enjoyed listening to the old series and was even better on audio.
Highly regimen to buy
Very easy to listen to!! Great wtiting and performers. would invite you all to get this Audio Book. 10/10
"Fantastic performances all round"
From start to finish this collection made me laugh. Definitely well worth listening to. I can't recommend this enough.
"Great dialogue and comic timing"
I wish I had sir Humphrey's way with words and Jim Hackers ability to cut through to the true meaning.
The best episode for me has to be "the key" with Bernard trying to stop Humphrey coming into number 10. When asked by the PM why Bernard hadn't stopped Humphrey the reply was "he's bigger than me".
The dialogue is impressive throughout and the performances of the the three principle actors is superb. The other actors especially those playing Sir Arnold and Sir Frank fit in brilliantly.
The earlier stories are all re made for radio, but the later ones sound like they are just taken straight from the television recordings, this only detracts a little around a few sight gags.
A great bargain as it collects all of Hackers political story.
Perfect for someone who enjoys political intrigue and for a comedic look at the goings on in Westminster. So many issues from the 1980's mentioned are still problems today.
"Timeless Comedy Classic"
This is abrilliantly written political comedy about a beleaguered Cabinet Minister and his Civil Service counterpart's conflicts between politics and government.
It is performed wonderfully and has just a few lightly rewritten lines in its adaptation from TV for radio. It sounded to me like a couple of minor roles were played by different actors but they were just as good as the originals.
Overall this is a favourite of mine that I'll listen to over and over!
5 Stara for everything!
Not review but trivia below...
This was the favourite TV comedy of ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as she felt that it was a good reflection of political life at the House of Commons. She even performed in a sketch that she wrote with the two stars.
You can find it on YouTube if you search for "Yes, Real Prime Minister 1984".
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