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 2, Episode 1 - Man Overboard

Plans to move a number of military bases to the north of England, in an effort to reduce unemployment levels in the region, a dealt a blow when Sir Humphrey fabricates an inter-Cabinet plot against the PM. With resignations on the cards, Jim has some tricky posturing to pull off.

Broadcast details

Thursday 3rd December 1987
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Paul Eddington James Hacker
    Nigel Hawthorne Sir Humphrey Appleby
    Derek Fowlds Bernard Woolley
    Guest cast
    Frederick Treves Sir Guy Howard (General / Chief of the Defence Staff)
    John Nettleton Sir Arnold Robinson (Former Cabinet Secretary)
    Michael Byrne Dudley Belling (Employment Secretary)
    Peter Cartwright Jeffrey Pearson (Chief Whip)
    David Glover Sir Alan Guthrie (Permanent Secretary to the MOD)
    David Conville Sir Maxwell Hopkins (Defence Secretary)
    Philip Anthony Brian Smithson (Environment Secretary)
    Philip Blaine Eric Jeffries (Chancellor of the Exchequer)
    Geoffrey Cousins Neil Hitchcock (Transport Secretary)
    Hilary Field Downing Street Official
    Writing team
    Antony Jay Writer
    Jonathan Lynn Writer
    Production team
    Sydney Lotterby Director
    Sydney Lotterby Producer
    Chris Wadsworth Editor
    Valerie Warrender Production Designer
    Ronnie Hazlehurst Composer

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