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This wonderfully witty, clever and beguilingly cynical look at British politics made perfect television when originally made, and it works just as well as an audiobook.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.
narrators performance was good. the problem is in the recording
anger and disappointment that the recording is flawed
"Absolutely funny - what a classic!"
If you like a magnificent play on words, coupled with political comedy, then this sits right up at the top. Just goes to prove how intelligent writing used to be a few decades ago. Great for anyone who enjoys the English language in all its glory.
An excellent series of political intrigue and comedy that kept me coming back for more. It loses nothing as an audio broadcast of a classic TV series.
"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.
"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
"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
"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
"Still relevant today"
Brilliant, fantastic, sublime ..... What more can I say!
Many of the topics - Trident, unemployment, security, the Middle East etc. Still as relevant today as they were 30 years ago.
"Excellent as always."
True classic BBC comedy. A great listen if you have the slightest interest in how the British Government works with its civil service.
"Just as good on the radio"
This brought back happy memories of watching Yes Prime Minister as a child. Perfect preparation for the world of work and office politics.
This was just as funny and beautifully well written as I remember it. The writers created a series of sheer genius.
The storylines are equally relevant today
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