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

1. Equal Opportunities

First broadcast: Thursday 11th November 1982

Prompted by a schoolgirl's question as to what he has actually achieved in cabinet, Jim searches for a raison d'ĂȘtre. Talking to a particularly intelligent female undersecretary, he's suddenly struck by how few women there are in the Civil Service.

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2. The Challenge

First broadcast: Thursday 18th November 1982

Assuming a new responsibility for local government within the department, Jim's eyes are turned toward the provision of nuclear fall-out provisions. However, an interview with the BBC sees some unfortunate mis-information imparted, which Jim is keen to clear up!

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3. The Skeleton In The Cupboard

First broadcast: Thursday 25th November 1982

The Minister is dismayed when he is instructed that he must discipline the most efficient borough council in the country for having failed to return a few statistical surveys to Whitehall. A visit to Scotland's past offers up the perfect opportunity to reach a compromise.

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4. The Moral Dimension

First broadcast: Thursday 2nd December 1982

Jim heads overseas to mark the signing of an important contract with a Muslim state - a strict, alcohol-free Muslim state. Panicking at the thought of 5 hours of mere orange juice at the reception, he orders the establishment of a special 'communications room' - but is even more shocked to learn of bribery in securing the deal.

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5. The Bed Of Nails

First broadcast: Thursday 9th December 1982

Hacker is flattered when the PM appoints him as the Government's new 'transport supremo', tasked with forging a grand, unified national transport policy. Sir Humphrey, however, is less than keen, and has a revelation to bring Jim back down to Earth with a bump.

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6. The Whisky Priest

First broadcast: Thursday 16th December 1982

After being told of Italian terrorists being found with British government-produced arms, Jim feels compelled to inform the PM and demand an inquiry. This is just the kind of matter, however, that the PM is particularly keen to stay ignorant of.

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7. The Middle-Class Rip-Off

First broadcast: Thursday 23rd December 1982

A constituency matter concerning an expensive and unused art gallery and a near-bankrupt football club threatens to gouge a deep divide between Hacker and Sir Humphrey. Should art and culture for the middle classes be subsidised?

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Short Insert: The Funny Side Of Christmas

First broadcast: Monday 27th December 1982

Sir Humphrey takes the opportunity to wish Jim a happy Christmas before Parliament breaks for its festive recess - in his own inimitably verbose fashion.

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