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This wonderfully witty, clever and beguilingly cynical look at British politics made perfect television when originally made, and it works just as well as an audiobook.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!
"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
"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
"As relevant today as it was when it was written"
Definitely recommended. This is timeless and hilarious.
I like Bernard. Always there, and every now and then chips in with a badly timed correction, which he then has to apologise for immediately.
Well, this is a recording of the actual show, and they do an exceptional job of bringing across the characters, the story and the confusion of the civil service.
More times than I want to remember I failed to suppress laughter on the train, unfortunately. It is so funny, you will laugh out loud.
I will listen to this over and over again. Such great value.
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