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 2, Episode 1 - The Compassionate Society

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.

Broadcast details

Monday 23rd February 1981
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Paul Eddington James Hacker
    Nigel Hawthorne Sir Humphrey Appleby
    Derek Fowlds Bernard Woolley
    Guest cast
    John Barron Sir Ian Whitworth
    Norman Bird Brian Baker
    Rosemary Frankau Mrs Rogers (Chief Administrator)
    Stephen Tate Billy Fraser (Union Man)
    Arthur Cox Roy (Jim's Driver)
    Lindy Alexander Reporter
    Robert Dougall Self
    Writing team
    Antony Jay Writer
    Jonathan Lynn Writer
    Production team
    Peter Whitmore Director
    Peter Whitmore Producer
    Alistair McKay (as Alastair Mackay) Editor
    Graham Sisson Editor
    Ronnie Hazlehurst Composer
    Tony Burrough Production Designer

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