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 3 is repeated on BBC4 on Tuesday 25th May at 8pm.

Press Clippings

Golden oldies winning TV ratings war

Despite some episodes being more than 50 years old, classic Home Guard comedy Dad's Army repeated for the umpteenth time on BBC Two still attracts more than 1.1million viewers and, on a typical day, is the channel's most-watched programme.

Richard Webber, The Daily Express, 6th April 2021

BBC makes comedy sets available as Zoom backgrounds

If those endless tedious Zoom meetings are getting you down the BBC has done something that might spice them up. They have made their archive of images of sets available to use as online meeting backdrops. These include sets from The League of Gentlemen, Yes Minister, The Young Ones, Only Fools and Horses and Dad's Army.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 13th May 2020

Seven classic sitcoms to revisit during lockdown

Sitcoms, when they work, are beautiful things. Familiar characters and running jokes all brought together in easily digestible half-hour chunks of delicious, warming, audio-visual comfort food. So here, in no particular order, are seven favourites to see you through the coronacrisis.

Tim Dawson, The Spectator, 7th May 2020

Simon Callow and Clive Francis to star in Yes Minister play

I'm Sorry Prime Minister I Can't Quite Remember, a new stage show based on Yes Minister, has been announced. Simon Callow and Clive Francis will star as the famous characters, now in their 80s.

British Comedy Guide, 6th March 2020

Looking back on Yes Minister as it turns 40

It was 40 years ago tomorrow that the first episode of Yes Minister was broadcast on BBC 2.

Martin Hannan, The National (Scotland), 25th February 2020

Yes Minister: political comedy MPs voted the greatest

The consummate political satire might be about to celebrate its 40th anniversary but, in many ways, it has barely aged at all.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 23rd February 2020

Jonathan Lynn to hold live talk on Yes Minister

Writer Jonathan Lynn, co-creator of the phenomenally successful Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister will discuss the modern political landscape and the role of satire today in a talk at the Groucho Club in London. 40 Years of Yes Minister! will take place on 12 March at 7pm.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 7th February 2020

TV's funniest Xmas moments: Part 1

All this week we're bringing you scripts of the TV gems that had the nation shaking with laughter, starting with Only Fools And Horses, Father Ted and Yes Minister.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 17th December 2019

Brexit is a mess - what would Sir Humphrey do?

I emailed my old friend and asked what he would do if he were still head of the civil service. Here is his reply...

Jonathan Lynn, The Guardian, 22nd January 2019

The top 10 British sitcoms of the 80s

After the dourness of the 1970s, the following decade was much more colourful and self-confident, and this reflected in the increasingly audacious premises of the best situation comedies of the era. There were still perennial British interests of class and social status, with observations on suburban life providing plenty of opportunity for writers.

Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus, 29th December 2018