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This complete collection includes every episode of the hugely popular political satire Yes Minister seasons 1 – 3 (which first aired in 1980 on BBC 2) along with each episode in the subsequent two season of Yes Prime Minister (which aired from 1986).
Meet the bewildered Rt Hon James Hacker, his scheming and equivocating Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby and of course, Bernard, the piggy-in-the middle, on their fraught journey through the corridors of power.
Easily the sharpest political comedy every written, with clandestine help from real civil servants, and satire that bites so close to home it sometimes seems more like a documentary. This does the impossible: it makes politics not just fun but hilariously funny.
All 21 episodes from the first three seasons of the classic BBC sitcom detailing the political shennanigans of the bewildered Rt Hon James Hacker (Paul Eddington), his scheming and equivocating Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne), and permanent piggy-in-the middle Bernard (Derek Fowlds). In 'Open Government', the Rt Hon Jim Hacker, newly appointed Minister for Administrative Affairs, finds his idealism challenged from the start. 'The Official Visit' has Jim receiving an African President - who turns out to be a friend from his university days.
'The Economy Drive' sees Jim attempting to initiate an economy drive within the Civil Service. 'Big Brother' finds Sir Humphrey concerned about a new National Integrated Database. 'The Writing on the Wall' has Jim considering the introduction of identity cards.
'The Right to Know' sees Sir Humphrey bothered by the controversy surrounding an endangered badger colony. In 'Jobs for the Boys', Jim seeks help from a banker when a pet project seems near to collapse. In 'The Compassionate Society', Jim and Sir Humphrey disagree about a new hospital.
'Doing the Honours' has Humphrey's old school network coming in handy when he wants to scupper Jim's budget plans. 'The Death List' sees Jim's past stance on covert surveillance come back to haunt him. In 'The Greasy Pole', Jim discovers that the outcome of scientific reports can be manipulated if needs be.
'The Devil You Know' finds the date of a cabinet re-shuffle coinciding with Jim's appointment in Brussels. 'The Quality of Life' sees Jim's eco-friendly policies compromised when plans are hatched to turn a city farm into a Civil Service car park. In 'A Question of Loyalty', Jim's loyalty to his department is put to the test.
In 'Equal Opportunities', Jim attempts to instigate a policy of sexual equality in Whitehall, much to Sir Humphrey's disapproval. 'The Challenge' sees Jim's efforts to make local authorities financially accountable thwarted by an interview with Ludovic Kennedy. In 'The Skeleton in the Cupboard', Humphrey's past returns to haunt him.
'The Moral Dimension' sees Jim's plans to expose bribery cancelled when Bernard manages to get a valuable vase under-valued - as Mrs Hacker has her eye on it. In 'The Bed of Nails', Jim takes on an unpopular role. 'The Whiskey Priest' sees Jim facing opposition from all sides when he tries to expose a munitions deal.
Finally, in 'The Middle Class Rip Off', Jim and Sir Humphrey clash over those pillars of British culture: art and football.
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