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Yes Minister. James Hacker (Paul Eddington). Copyright: BBC.

Yes Minister

Political satire in which well-meaning MP Jim Hacker has a fast introduction to the world of Whitehall and must then struggle against the Civil Service

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Jack Massey

  • Wednesday 25th February 2009, 6:33pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 2,965 posts

Yes Minister is today's featured article on Wikipedia.

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Blenkinsop

  • Wednesday 25th February 2009, 10:19pm
  • England
  • 2,014 posts

Yes I too like this very much.

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Deferenz

  • Wednesday 25th February 2009, 10:56pm
  • West Sussex, England
  • 778 posts

It is simply brilliant. I only saw it for the first time in 2008 and it immediately became one of the best sitcoms I've seen.

Def.

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Curt

  • Thursday 26th February 2009, 8:31am
  • Ottawa, Canada
  • 6,604 posts

I'd love to get the entire series some day and watch it from start to finish. I've only seen a few episodes and thought what I saw was great smart comedy.

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Jack Massey

  • Thursday 26th February 2009, 11:42pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 2,965 posts

The complete box-set is currently going for a reasonable price (I can't remember how much) for the complete Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister box-set.
What are people's opinions on Yes, Prime Minister, just out of curiosity?

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RedKev

  • Friday 27th February 2009, 2:19am
  • England
  • 10 posts

This remains, for me, right at the top of the comedy pile. The writing was so sharp and the three main actors delivered it all to perfection. You can't describe it to just have to watch and marvel.

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Aaron

  • Friday 27th February 2009, 2:34am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,512 posts
Quote: Jack Massey @ February 26 2009, 6:42 PM GMT

What are people's opinions on Yes, Prime Minister, just out of curiosity?


There's an inherent dynamic change which shifted kind of ... shifted, I suppose, things slightly, but it was still quite excellent.

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chipolata

  • Friday 27th February 2009, 3:05pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 30,066 posts

I've never understood why some people don't like Yes, Prime Minister, or think it's inferior to Yes Minister. I enjoyed it just as much, and elevating Jim Hacker to the top job enabled the writers to freshen it up and inject new impetus into it. Plus it contains one of my favourite Yes Minister/Prime Minister moments when Sir Humphrey is out on the ledge at Number 10 trying to get in. Great stuff.

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Aaron

  • Friday 27th February 2009, 8:06pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,512 posts

I would guess it's because they're so in love with the particular dynamic of Yes Minister.

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Aaron

  • Wednesday 25th March 2009, 1:00am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,512 posts

It's been announced this week that Yes Minister is due to be re-made in Holland. Amongst the changes are the Sir Humphrey role becoming female. Today's edition of The Daily Politics featured an interview with the head of drama at the station which is remaking it, and can be viewed here.

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Matthew Stott

  • Wednesday 25th March 2009, 1:08am [Edited]
  • Yemen
  • 19,296 posts

Just bought the first series of this for two pounds on Amazon. Episode one was good, seems promising.

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Aaron

  • Wednesday 25th March 2009, 1:10am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,512 posts

You've never seen it before?! :O

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Matthew Stott

  • Wednesday 25th March 2009, 1:11am
  • Yemen
  • 19,296 posts

Nope. Always seemed like it might be a bit stuffy, but people seem to rave about it so I thought I'd give it a go.

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Aaron

  • Wednesday 25th March 2009, 1:18am [Edited]
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,512 posts

Blimey. No, beyond the slight intellectual level inherent with the setting, it's not stuffy in the slightest. Very accessible IMO. It's essentially the struggle between someone who has power, and someone who has very little power but thinks that he should - which is another pretty universal premise really.

Anyway, if you're only one episode in, you have a real treat ahead of you. :)