Yes, Prime Minister. Image shows from L to R: Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne), James Hacker (Paul Eddington), Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds). Copyright: BBC.

Yes, Prime Minister (1986)

BBC Two sitcom about politics. 16 episodes (2 series), 1986 - 1988. Stars Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott and Deborah Norton.

Series 1

1. The Grand Design

First broadcast: Thursday 9th January 1986

It's only been 3 days since Jim found himself elevated to Downing Street, and already the strains of the job are beginning to set in. When is the point of 'last resort' for the ultimate deterrent? Should there even be one? Could the re-introduction of conscription solve unemployment? And how will he get some lunch?


2. The Ministerial Broadcast

First broadcast: Thursday 16th January 1986

Jim's still insisting on carrying out his 'grand design' for Britain's security - or at least as much of it as possible, and intends to use a television address to the nation to introduce it. There are a few hurdles to overcome first, however; not least the content of the script, and his appearance!


3. The Smoke Screen

First broadcast: Thursday 23rd January 1986

Jim finds himself frustrated, as ever, by the conflicting demands of his colleagues, the Civil Service, and interest groups. This time the health of the nation is as stake as the Minister for Health puts forward anti-smoking proposals, whilst Jim is already struggling with the Treasury to find tax cuts.


4. The Key

First broadcast: Thursday 30th January 1986

When Hacker's political adviser complains that she has been shifted off to a far corner of the maze that is Downing Street, he resolves to move her office back closer to his own. Sir Humphrey has other ideas, but on this occasion, the Prime Minister holds a rather effective trump card!


5. A Real Partnership

First broadcast: Thursday 6th February 1986

Sir Humphrey and Sir Frank form an unlikely bond over the increase in Civil Service pay salaries. The Prime Minister, however, is far less easily convinced.


6. A Victory For Democracy

First broadcast: Thursday 13th February 1986

Facing growing pressure from the White House, Jim hears word of potential trouble on the small Indian Ocean island of St. George's. With the Foreign Office unwilling to even reveal to the Foreign Secretary what exactly is going on, Hacker's left in a quandry.


7. The Bishops Gambit

First broadcast: Thursday 20th February 1986

The position of Dean at Bury St Edmunds has become vacant, and as PM, it's - in practical terms - Jim's job to choose who should take the post. Unfortunately, of the two names put forward for the role, one is a Marxist and the other an atheist, neither of which appeal much to Hacker!


8. One Of Us

First broadcast: Thursday 27th February 1986

A former head of MI5 is posthumously revealed to have been routinely passing information to the Russians during key Cold War years. An embarrassing story for any Government, but the situation becomes particularly tricky when it emerges that Humphrey chaired an inquiry that cleared him of such claims at the time...


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