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 3, Episode 1 is repeated on BBC4 on Tuesday at 8pm.

Series 2

1. The Compassionate Society

First broadcast: Monday 23rd February 1981

A political opportunity arises when Jim discovers a brand new hospital has yet to employ a single member of medical staff, or admit a single patient. He's determined to see the facility in use, or close it. Humphrey, however, has other ideas.


2. Doing The Honours

First broadcast: Monday 2nd March 1981

Pressured to decide on his department's Honours recommendations, Jim sees an opportunity to hold some actual power over the Civil Service. With a change to international university student funding due, Humphrey feels the pain.


3. The Death List

First broadcast: Monday 9th March 1981

When Jim hears about secret bugging and phone-tapping he instructs Sir Humphrey to implement numerous privacy precautions. But his mind is changed, fairly rapidly, when he hears he's on a terrorist group's hit list.


4. The Greasy Pole

First broadcast: Monday 16th March 1981

Jim is under pressure from all sides concerning the toxic capabilities of Propanol and its potential manufacture in Merseyside. Despite Sir Humphrey's 'help', can he find a beneficial solution?


5. The Devil You Know

First broadcast: Monday 23rd March 1981

Angry at being blocked by an E.C. directive, Jim hears worse news of a cabinet reshuffle and a possible move to Brussels. Sir Humphrey would not normally be concerned but he's heard who might replace him!


6. The Quality Of Life

First broadcast: Monday 30th March 1981

After visiting a City Farm threatened by closure, Jim rashly promises to keep it open. Unfortunately for Hacker, he's unaware of a particularly important merchant bank's plans for high-rise offices on the site, and is thrown into a conflict of interests.


7. A Question Of Loyalty

First broadcast: Monday 6th April 1981

Sir Humphrey and Jim are to be interviewed by a Select Committee who are scrutinising their department. A book's about to be published with some rather damning revelations - but who can rely on Jim to give the correct response, Number 10 or Sir Humphrey...?


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