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

Yes Minister

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 1980 - 1984
  • 23 episodes (3 series)

Political satire in which well-meaning MP Jim Hacker has a fast introduction to the world of Whitehall and must then struggle against the Civil Service. Stars Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott and Neil Fitzwilliam

Episode menu

Series 3, Episode 6 - The Whisky Priest

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.

Broadcast details

Thursday 16th December 1982
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 28th October 2011 10:40am Gold
Friday 28th October 2011 5:20pm Gold
Wednesday 16th May 2012 11:40pm Gold
Friday 18th May 2012 2:00am Gold
Monday 3rd September 2012 1:40pm Gold
Monday 3rd September 2012 7:40pm Gold
Tuesday 29th January 2013 8:20pm Gold
Tuesday 29th January 2013 11:40pm Gold
Sunday 28th July 2013 9:40am Gold
Sunday 2nd March 2014 11:40pm Gold
Wednesday 30th April 2014 1:40pm Gold
Thursday 1st May 2014 8:20am Gold
Monday 15th December 2014 5:00pm Gold
Friday 10th April 2015 3:20pm Gold
Friday 7th August 2015 2:35pm BBC2
Friday 6th November 2015 2:40pm Gold
Friday 1st January 2016 3:00am Gold
Wednesday 13th April 2016 10:40pm Yesterday
Tuesday 13th September 2016 10:35pm Yesterday
Wednesday 14th September 2016 9:15pm Yesterday
Friday 23rd September 2016 2:45pm BBC2
Wednesday 22nd February 2017 3:40pm Yesterday
Wednesday 22nd February 2017 9:40pm Yesterday
Sunday 7th May 2017 10:40pm Yesterday
Monday 8th May 2017 3:40pm Yesterday
Friday 3rd November 2017 7:30am Gold
Friday 16th February 2018 7:05am Gold
Tuesday 3rd August 2021 8:00pm BBC4

Cast & crew

Paul Eddington James Hacker
Nigel Hawthorne Sir Humphrey Appleby
Derek Fowlds Bernard Woolley
Diana Hoddinott Annie Hacker
Guest cast
Edward Jewesbury Vic Gould (Chief Whip)
John Fortune Major Saunders
Writing team
Antony Jay Writer
Jonathan Lynn Writer
Production team
Peter Whitmore Director
Peter Whitmore Producer
Chris Wadsworth Editor
Andrée Welstead Hornby Production Designer
Ronnie Hazlehurst Composer

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