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 2 is repeated on BBC4 on Tuesday at 8pm.

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

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