Yes Minister. Image shows from L to R: James Hacker (Paul Eddington), Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne), Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds). Copyright: BBC.

Yes Minister

BBC Two sitcom about the inner workings of government. 23 episodes (3 series), 1980 - 1984. Stars Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott and Neil Fitzwilliam.

Series 1, Episode 3 - The Economy Drive

Fired up by the press, Hacker decides to impose cuts on the Civil Service. Sir Humphrey is appalled and sets out to stop him, calling on some old service tricks to manipulate Jim's stance...

Broadcast details

Monday 10th March 1980
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Paul Eddington James Hacker
    Nigel Hawthorne Sir Humphrey Appleby
    Derek Fowlds Bernard Woolley
    Diana Hoddinott Annie Hacker
    Neil Fitzwilliam Frank Weisel
    Guest cast
    John Savident Sir 'Jumbo' Frederick
    Milton Johns Ron Watson (CSTAGW Union General Secretary)
    Pat Keen Nelly (Cleaning Lady)
    Patricia Shakesby Mandy (Secretary)
    William Lawford French Embassy Doorman
    Norman Tipton Photographer
    Frank Tregear Reporter
    Writing team
    Antony Jay Writer
    Jonathan Lynn Writer
    Production team
    Sydney Lotterby Director
    Sydney Lotterby Producer
    Ron Bowman Editor
    Ronnie Hazlehurst Composer
    Tim Gleeson Production Designer

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