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Yes, Minister

Series 2

Episode 4: The Greasy Pole

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sitcom about a British government minister and the advisers who surround him. Jim Hacker finds himself in the middle of a row over the British Chemical Corporation.

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Joan Littler:
Brenda Blethyn
Sir Wally McFarlane:
Freddie Earlle
Professor Henderson:
Jerome Willis
R A Crichton:
Geoffrey Toone
R A Crichton:
Jonathan Lynn
R A Crichton:
Antony Jay

Yes, Minister

Series 2

Episode 5: The Devil You Know

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Classic political sitcom. The minister is upset by rumours of a cabinet reshuffle and decides to take drastic action to keep his post.

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Sir Arnold Robinson:
John Nettleton
Annie Hacker:
Diana Hoddinott
George:
Arthur Cox
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Prime Minister

Series 2

Episode 1: Man Overboard

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sitcom. Sir Humphrey must stop Jim supporting a plan to move armed service jobs from the south to the north east to ease unemployment. Show more

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Sir Arnold Robinson:
John Nettleton
Stanley Dudley, Employment Secretary:
Michael Byrne
Guy Howard, Chief of Defence Staff:
Frederick Treves
Chief Whip:
Peter Cartwright
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Prime Minister

Series 1

Episode 5: A Real Partnership

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Classic political sitcom. The government runs into a financial crisis just as MPs are due for a pay rise.

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Sir Arnold Robinson:
John Nettleton
Sir Frank Gordon:
Peter Cellier
Dorothy Wainwright:
Deborah Norton
Annie Hacker:
Diana Hoddinott
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Prime Minister

Series 1

Episode 3: The Smoke Screen

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Political sitcom. Jim sees how he can use the health minister's desire to abolish smoking through taxation to stop Treasury opposition to his plans for tax cuts. Show more

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Sir Ian Whitworth - DHSS Secretary:
John Barron
Dr Peter Thorn - Minister of State at the DHSS:
Clive Merrison
Sir Frank Gordon - Permanent Secretary of the Treasury:
Peter Cellier
Leslie Potts - Minister for Sport:
Bill Wallis
Gerald - Chairman, British Tobacco Group:
Brian Hawksley
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Prime Minister

Series 1

Episode 4: The Key

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Classic sitcom about beleaguered prime minister Jim Hacker. Dorothy Wainwright, the PM's political advisor, tells Jim that he is letting Humphrey become too dominant. Show more

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Sir Frank Gordon, Permanent Secretary of the Treasury:
Peter Cellier
Dorothy Wainwright:
Deborah Norton
Policeman:
Victor Winding
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Prime Minister

Series 2

Episode 2: Official Secrets

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Classic political sitcom. When Jim Hacker's predecessor decides to publish his memoirs, the PM tries to suppress a chapter in which he appears unfavourably. Show more

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Bill Pritchard:
Anthony Carrick
Derek Burnham:
Denis Lill
Solicitor General:
Jeffry Wickham
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Prime Minister

Series 1

Episode 6: A Victory for Democracy

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Classic sitcom about a beleaguered PM. Jim Hacker begins to wonder whether the government runs the Foreign Office, or vice versa.

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Foreign Secretary:
Ronald Hines
Sir Richard Wharton:
Donald Pickering
Israeli Ambassador:
David de Keyser
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Prime Minister

Series 1

Episode 7: The Bishop's Gambit

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four

Classic political comedy. Jim must recommend the appointment of bishops to the Queen but is not keen on the two offered by the Church.

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleton:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
The Bursar of Ballie College:
William Fox
Peter Harding:
Ronnie Stevens
Sir Richard Wharton:
Donald Pickering
Annie Hacker:
Diana Hoddinott
Writer:
Antony Jay

Comedy Connections

Series 6

Episode 2: Yes, Minister

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

The series charting the history of the best of British comedy looks at Yes, Minister, which achieved massive success by poking fun at the workings of government. Show more

Yes, Minister

Series 3

Episode 1: Equal Opportunities

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sitcom about a British government minister and the manipulative civil service advisers who surround him. Jim wants to see more women in higher posts.

Contributors

Jim Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Undersecretary Sarah Harrison:
Eleanor Bron
Sir Arnold Robinson:
John Nettleton
Annie Hacker:
Diana Hoddinott
Sir Bill:
Peter Howell
Sir Peter:
Jeffrey Segal
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Minister

Series 1

Episode 2: The Official Visit

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Political sitcom. When Hacker recognises a visiting head of an African nation as a school friend, he does his best to offload some oil rigging gear on him. Show more

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
President Selim Mohammed:
Thomas Baptiste
Bill Pritchard:
Anthony Carrick
Producer:
Stuart Allen
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Minister

Series 1

Episode 4: Big Brother

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sitcom about a British government minister and the advisers who surround him. Jim tries to implement a privacy safeguard for a new national computer database. Show more

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Tom Sargent:
Robert Urquhart
Godfrey Finch:
Frederick Jaeger
Annie Hacker:
Diana Hoddinott
Frank Weisel:
Neil Fitzwiliam
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Minister

Series 1

Episode 5: The Writing on the Wall

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Sitcom about a British government minister and the advisers who surround him. Jim Hacker MP and Sir Humphrey learn of a plan that threatens them both. Show more

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Daniel Hughes:
Daniel Moynihan
Sir Frederick 'Jumbo' Stewart:
John Savident
Frank Weisel:
Neil Fitzwiliam
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Minister

Series 1

Episode 6: The Right to Know

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Political sitcom. Are there occasions when the minister should be kept in the dark? Jim Hacker is not so sure. Show more

Contributors

Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Frederick 'Jumbo' Stewart:
John Savident
Annie Hacker:
Diana Hoddinott
Lucy Hacker:
Gerry Cowper
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Minister

Series 1

Episode 7: Jobs for the Boys

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Sitcom about an apparently clueless British government minister and the advisers who surround him. A PFI is in trouble, and Sir Humphrey must rescue it without publicity. Show more

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Sir Desmond Glazebrook:
Richard Vernon
Frank Weisel:
Neil Fitzwiliam
George:
Arthur Cox
Joe Morgan:
Richard Davies
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Minister

Series 3

Episode 3: Skeleton in the Cupboard

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

A normally efficient local council is late with some paperwork, and Sir Humphrey wants to make an example of them.

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Dr Richard Cartwright:
Ian Lavender
Alex Andrews - Reporter:
Donald Gee
Peter - Civil Servant:
John Pennington
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Minister

Series 2

Episode 2: Doing the Honours

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Classic political sitcom. Sir Humphrey has to combat Jim's economies, including cuts on profitable overseas students at his old college. Show more

Contributors

Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Jim Hacker MP:
Paul Eddington
The Master of Ballie College:
Frank Middlemass
Sir Arnold Robinson:
John Nettleton
The Bursar of Ballie College:
William Fox
Parks and Forestery Civil Servant:
Margo Johns
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Minister

Series 3

Episode 5: The Bed of Nails

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Sitcom. Jim is given responsibility for developing a national transport policy.

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Sir Arnold Robinson:
John Nettleton
Sir Mark Spencer:
Nigel Stock
Undersecretary Roads Division:
Peter Dennis
Writer:
Antony Jay

Yes, Minister

Series 3

Episode 4: The Moral Dimension

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four

Political sitcom. Jim Hacker has to balance conflicting moral demands when he travels to Qumran to ratify a British electronics firm's contract. Show more

Contributors

James Hacker:
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby:
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley:
Derek Fowlds
Annie Hacker:
Diana Hoddinott
Bill Pritchard:
Anthony Carrick
Jenny Goodwin:
April Walker
Qumrani Businessman:
Sam Dastor
Prince Mohammed:
Vic Tablian
Writer:
Antony Jay