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 - Equal Opportunities

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.

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 11th November 1982
Time
9pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Paul Eddington James Hacker
Nigel Hawthorne Sir Humphrey Appleby
Derek Fowlds Bernard Woolley
Diana Hoddinott Annie Hacker
Guest cast
John Nettleton Sir Arnold Robinson (Cabinet Secretary)
Eleanor Bron Sarah Harrison (Female Undersecretary)
Richard Simpson Sir Ian (Permanent Secretary to the HO)
Peter Howell Sir Bill (Permanent Secretary to the FCO)
Jeffrey Segal Sir Peter (Permanent Secretary to the MOD)
Donald Pelmear Sir John (Permanent Secretary to the DHSS)
Talla Hayes Cathy (Schoolgirl Reporter)
Writing team
Antony Jay Writer
Jonathan Lynn Writer
Production team
Peter Whitmore Director
Peter Whitmore Producer
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