||Yes, Minister / Yes, Prime Minister
||1980 - 1984 then
1986 - 1987
22 (3 series) then 16
Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne,
|| Anthony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
|| Political sitcom in which Jim Hacker, Member of Parliament,
is appointed to the Cabinet as Minister For Administrative Affairs.
There he is introduced to Bernard Wooley, his Private Secretary
and Civil Servant boss Sir Humphrey Appleby. The pair teach
him how the Civil Service works and battle with him over his
policies and principals. In the follow-up series, "Yes,
Prime Minister", Hacker is elevated to No. 10 but remained
tied to Sir Humphrey.
||"Yes Minister" and "Yes Prime Minister"
are both brilliant examples of first-class political satire.
The clever and witty scripts poke fun at the political system
but in such a way so as not to be biased towards any political
party nor exclude viewers who know little or nothing about the
UK government system; in fact the show is reported to be very
popular abroad which shows that there is no need to understand
the intricacies of British government to appreciate the humour
in this programme. It is well worth watching this 'intelligent'
British sitcom which recently showed just how great it was by
being voted one of the top 10 British sitcoms ever.
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