Yes Minister (BBC-2 1980-1982, Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne)

Yes Minister (BBC-2 1980-1982, Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne)


Sitcom Yes Minister detailed the misadventures of Tory MP Jim Hacker who was kept in his place by his permanent under secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby. When the show returned in 1986 Hacker was now Prime Minister and the title changed to Yes Prime Minister.

Set in the corridors of power in London's Whitehall and Westminister, this comedy surrounds The Right Honorable James Hacker MP, the newly-appointed Cabinet Minister for Administrative Affairs who soon finds many of his ideas for reform openly opposed by the civil servants whose job it is to implement them. One in particular is his Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne). Their respective struggles to gain and maintain the levers of power form the basis of the series.

crew details

  • Antony Jay
  • Jonathan Lynn
  • Writers: Anthony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
    Producers: Stuart Allen, Sydney Lotterby, Peter Whitmore
    Titles: Gerald Scarfe
    Music: Ronnie Hazlehurst

season by season

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production info

  • Year of Release: 1980-1982
  • Country: UK | BBC Two
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 21×30 minutes and 1×60 minutes

Paul Eddington

Jim Hacker

Derek Fowlds

Bernard Woolley

Diana Hoddinott

Annie Hacker

Nigel Hawthorne

Humphrey Appleby

John Nettleton

Sir Arnold Robinson