Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.

Today we will be looking at a comedy that was based on real situations that actually happened in Government – Yes, Minister

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Opening title Sequence / Theme Tune

About the Show

Summary of Plot

The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms – or so he thinks. – IMDb

Number of Seasons / Episodes

3  Seasons

Characters:

Paul Eddington – James Hacker

Nigel Hawthorne – Sir Humphrey Appleby

Derek Fowlds – Bernerd Wooley

Diana Hoddinott – Annie Hacker

 

 

Trivia

+The role of James Hacker was written with Paul Eddington in mind

+ The writers had advisors who had worked within the government and many of the stories were based on real situations. For example, in Yes Minister: The Moral Dimension (1982) they go to an arab state where alcohol is not allowed and so they set up a “communications room” in the embassy where they keep a stash of booze so they could slip out and have a drink. This really happened.

+ A great fan of the series, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (as she then was) wrote a sketch for the show with press secretary Bernard Ingham which was recorded and aired as part of the 1984 National Viewers and Listeners Awards. The sketch featured Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne, both of whom are talking to the Prime Minister (played by Thatcher herself) about her notion to abolish economists.

+ The British Film Institute (BFI) named this as one of the top ten television programmes of all time.

 

 

Classic Clips

A Clear Conscience 

If the Right People Don’t Have Power

Open Government

 

 

 

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