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Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection Radio/TV Program

Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection

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    This wonderfully witty, clever and beguilingly cynical look at British politics made perfect television when originally made, and it works just as well as an audiobook.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

    17 of 17 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.

    5 of 5 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!

    4 of 4 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GARROW 03-30-16
    GARROW 03-30-16
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    "Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister"

    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.

    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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    Anand Bangalore, India 08-21-16
    Anand Bangalore, India 08-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant humour"

    Yes minister always stood out for its brilliant humour. The audio book doesn't disappoint and lives up to the same high expectations. The listening pleasure is enhanced when you know a thing or two of how things run here in the UK. I had watched the original series as a kid and this was a rerun of sorts some 25 years later. Its an eye opener the kind of things we are dealing today were picked up as a topic and obviously attached when the series was originally made (europe, brexit, grammar schools, merit, gender equality, local governance). The authors were way ahead of their time and packed it with enough punch to last for more than a life time. Highly recommended.

    anand

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    Garry Cannington, Australia 08-11-16
    Garry Cannington, Australia 08-11-16 Member Since 2014

    I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too

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    "Still so much fun."
    Any additional comments?

    I would probably say if you are reading this your dithering because you have seen the shows so many times do you really want to spend the dollars or credit on an audio collection of the shows. Well I say do it.

    As an English born person I saw these shows over and over again, and every time they made me laugh, and still do. Yet the humour is brilliant, the actors are perfect and so believing as real.

    How can you not be lifted by these shows. They may be lost to many who do not know how English politics works, not sure it actually does as told in these shows yet seriously, you will believe.

    These stories never die.

    I find myself smiling and lifted by them and for that mood lift they are worth the purchase or credit.

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    Timothy Knox 08-08-16
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    "The most brilliant political comedy going"

    I've been a fan of Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister since they were first broadcast on my local PBS station back in the 1980's. The series were extremely well cast, and it is hard to imagine the three principals being played (or played as well, at any rate) by other actors. Since both series were very "talk heavy" they translate well to audiobook form.

    James Hacker (played by Paul Eddington) is the ultimate insecure, grasping politician, who has no firm principles save getting positive press, and getting reelected. He is constantly thwarted in his attempts to achieve anything by Sir Humphrey Appleby (played by Nigel Hawthorne). Sir Humphrey is the ultimate career civil servant, whose goal in life is preventing his political "masters" from governing Britain (that's his job). And caught in the middle is Bernard (played by Derek Fowlds), who is Hacker's Private Secretary. His loyalties are divided between the civil service and Hacker, and his job is to satisfy both.

    All three are brilliant, and in many episodes there are wonderful tutorials, such as how to conduct a poll to get the desired results, how to discredit a government report, or even how to decode the semiotics of political speechifying. And who, having watched/listened to this can forget The Politician's syllogism.

    In all, if you enjoy political commentary with bite, these programs are surprisingly current even in 2016. Have a great series of laughs and enjoy!

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  • JonB
    2/22/16
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    1/18/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steven Turner
    12/1/15
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    "Hasn't dated a day."
    What made the experience of listening to Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection to, and why?

    This hard to compare. It's a brilliant British radio play and completely different to anything else that I've seen on Audible.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened episode by episode overall few weeks.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Salisbury, England
    12/1/14
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    "I wished it would never end"
    Where does Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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?


    What did you like best about this story?

    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


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    Sir Humphrey, as played by Nigel Hawthorne - such a shame he's no longer with us


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Government and the Civil Service - How it really is


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/14/16
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    "Comedy Gods!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    8/20/16
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    "Truly Excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes, this is political satire at its best.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The empty hospital with 500 administrators


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, one chapter at a time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Belfast, County Antrim Northern Ireland
    8/15/16
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    "classic British comedy"

    an excellent TV programme brought to audio. great humour that stands the test of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Main
    UK
    8/12/16
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    "Fantastic, timely as ever. Shame about the chapters satin."

    The beauty of an electronic audiobook is that it'd be very easy for the audio to be split into episodes which are named clearly. Instead this one just says 'chapter 1' and so on, when this isn't a book and there are no chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    7/22/16
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    "Brilliant"

    Always loved watching the tv series, and this is the first time I've listened to it in this format. Brilliant, it really worked, so hard not to laugh out aloud on the daily commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/11/16
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    "Classic British Comedy"

    The whole collection of original recordings from Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn's timeless political comedy. Other than the alarming fact that politics (or, indeed, politicians) really doesn't seem to have ever changed, this is a fantastically humorous purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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