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 5 - The Writing On The Wall

Jim's latest drive to slim down the Civil Service has won favour with both the PM and Cabinet colleagues, but Sir Humphrey is bitterly opposed to the plans. However, the pair are forced to put the disagreement aside when it becomes apparent that they could both be adversely affected.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 24th March 1980
Time
9pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Paul Eddington James Hacker
    Nigel Hawthorne Sir Humphrey Appleby
    Derek Fowlds Bernard Woolley
    Neil Fitzwilliam Frank Weisel
    Guest cast
    Tenniel Evans Martin (Foreign Secretary)
    John Savident Sir 'Jumbo' Frederick
    Daniel Moynihan Daniel Hughes (Prime Minister's Senior Policy Adviser)
    Writing team
    Antony Jay Writer
    Jonathan Lynn Writer
    Production team
    Sydney Lotterby Director
    Sydney Lotterby Producer
    Neil Pittaway Editor
    Tom Yardley-Jones Production Designer
    Ronnie Hazlehurst Composer

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