British Comedy Guide

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 others.

Series 3, Episode 4 - The Moral Dimension

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.

Broadcast details

Thursday 2nd December 1982
30 minutes


  1. Wednesday 26th October 2011 at 10:40am on Gold
  2. Wednesday 26th October 2011 at 5:20pm on Gold
  3. Monday 14th May 2012 at 11:40pm on Gold
  4. Tuesday 15th May 2012 at 2:20am on Gold
  5. Friday 31st August 2012 at 1:00pm on Gold
  6. Friday 31st August 2012 at 7:40pm on Gold
  7. Friday 25th January 2013 at 8:20pm on Gold
  8. Friday 25th January 2013 at 11:40pm on Gold
  9. Saturday 27th July 2013 at 10:00am on Gold
  10. Friday 22nd November 2013 at 3:20pm on Gold
  11. Saturday 1st March 2014 at 11:40pm on Gold
  12. Friday 25th April 2014 at 9:30am on Gold
  13. Saturday 26th April 2014 at 6:35am on Gold
  14. Thursday 1st May 2014 at 1:40pm on Gold
  15. Wednesday 8th April 2015 at 3:20pm on Gold
  16. Wednesday 5th August 2015 at 2:35pm on BBC2
  17. Sunday 27th September 2015 at 2:55pm on Gold
  18. Saturday 31st October 2015 at 10:20am on Gold
  19. Thursday 7th April 2016 at 10:40pm on Yesterday
  20. Wednesday 21st September 2016 at 2:00pm on BBC2 Scot
  21. Wednesday 21st September 2016 at 2:45pm on BBC2
  22. Friday 17th February 2017 at 3:40pm on Yesterday
  23. Friday 17th February 2017 at 9:40pm on Yesterday
  24. Sunday 23rd April 2017 at 11:20pm on Yesterday
  25. Monday 24th April 2017 at 4:20pm on Yesterday
  26. Wednesday 1st November 2017 at 7:10am on Gold
  27. Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 7:25am on Gold

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Paul Eddington James Hacker
Nigel Hawthorne Sir Humphrey Appleby
Derek Fowlds Bernard Woolley
Diana Hoddinott Annie Hacker
Guest cast
Antony Carrick Bill Pritchard (Press Officer)
Michael Sharvell-Martin Ross
Walter Randall Prince Mohammed
Vic Tablian Arab
Sam Dastor Arab (Qumrani Businessman)
April Walker Jenny Goodwin (Guardian Journalist)
Writing team
Antony Jay Writer
Jonathan Lynn Writer
Production team
Peter Whitmore Director
Peter Whitmore Producer
John Sillitto Editor
Andrée Welstead Hornby Production Designer
Ronnie Hazlehurst Composer

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