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, Episode 3 - The Smoke Screen

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.

Broadcast details

Thursday 23rd January 1986
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Paul Eddington James Hacker
    Nigel Hawthorne Sir Humphrey Appleby
    Derek Fowlds Bernard Woolley
    Guest cast
    John Barron Sir Ian Whitworth (Permanent Secretary to the DHSS)
    Clive Merrison Dr. Peter Thorne (Minister of Health)
    Peter Cellier Sir Frank Gordon (Permanent Secretary to the Treasury)
    Bill Wallis Leslie Potts (Minister of Sport)
    Brian Hawksley Gerald (Chairman of British Tobacco Group)
    Writing team
    Antony Jay Writer
    Jonathan Lynn Writer
    Production team
    Sydney Lotterby Director
    Sydney Lotterby Producer
    Chris Wadsworth Editor
    Gloria Clayton Production Designer
    Ronnie Hazlehurst Composer

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