Hackers And Humphreys All. Copyright: BBC.

Hackers And Humphreys All

BBC Radio 4 Extra documentary show about the politics behind Yes Minister. 1 episode in 2016. Features Shaun Ley, Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn, Richard Mottram and others.

Hackers And Humphreys All. Copyright: BBC.

Hackers And Humphreys All

Shaun Ley explores the links between real politics and the satire of Yes, Prime Minister

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2016
Channel
BBC Radio 4 Extra
Episodes
1
Features
Shaun Ley, Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn, Richard Mottram, Edwina Currie, Bernard Donoughue, Peter Hennessey, Graham McCann and Tony Blair
Producer
Adam Bowen

Yes, Prime Minister made its television debut on the same day that Michael Heseltine quit the cabinet. In a celebration of thirty years of one of Britain's best loved sitcoms, BBC Radio 4 Extra explores the relationship between the real world of Whitehall and this timeless satire.

In new and exclusive interviews, Sir Antony Jay, a former political speech writer, and Jonathan Lynn, now a Hollywood film director, who between them wrote every word, share the secrets of Yes, Prime Minister's success.

Shaun Ley hears about the sources who blabbed, how New Labour ministers were influenced by Jim Hacker's serial defeats at the hands of Sir Humphrey, and visits the very heart of the British government, the Cabinet Room, to find out how true to life some of the plotlines really were.

A three hour special programme, featuring four classic TV episodes of Yes, Prime Minister.

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