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This wonderfully witty, clever and beguilingly cynical look at British politics made perfect television when originally made, and it works just as well as an audiobook.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!
I'm an avid reader of many genres and issues. Audiobooks sometimes bring books into 3D , and when that happens its brilliant!
Has anything really changed since this series was first written?
Is politics really like Jay & Lynn depict it?
The short answer is probably - and this series has the long answer in spades.
Thank you to the late Paul Eddington, and Nigel Hawthorne
who through intonation, pause and suggestion skewered politicians.
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
"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.
"Just as fantastic today"
Brilliant fun and just as pertinent now as it was then. Great light relief for long car journeys. I have loved every minute!
"Nothing lost without the visual"
This complete set of both series is something that's useful to have tucked away for when ur in between books or the odd casual listen. Probably not something u listen to all in one go.
I can just about get two full episodes into a drive to work - and my giggles keep me from getting drowsy and bored.
I remember watching all of these on tv with my parents - who were devotees - and its a testament to the depth of the writing that hardly any of the farcical hilarity is lost with only the audio.
Only thing I miss is seeing Paul Eddingtons bemused and glassy-eyed stares as Nigel Hawthorn prattles on... But I can imagine it!
I have really enjoyed this and listened to many of the episodes several times. It is definitely one of the best audible books I have listened to.
"Timeless political satire, absolutely funny!!!"
This is a recording of the actual TV series, so missed out on the visual effects such as expressions on the key characters faces. But, that in itself is a great thing about this audio series as, I think no narrator can possibly make it come alive as the original actors can.!
I just loved the entire series.
I was listening to this on my daily commute, so it made the dull and boring daily routine bearable and more importantly fun
"Still comes up as sharp as ever"
The complete collection of Jim Hacker's governmental career are as fresh today as when they were first broadcast. The machiavalian Sir Humphrey Appleby trying to maintain the status quo against the Minister's latest whims of change by burying them in Whitehall jargon. Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds and Paul Eddington deliver brilliant performances that never fail to bring a smile to your face
"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
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