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Yes Minister

Yes Minister

BBC Two 1980

Set principally in the private office of a British Cabinet minister in the Department of Administrative Affairs in Whitehall, Yes Minister follows the ministerial career of The Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP, played by Paul Eddington. His various struggles to formulate and enact legislation or effect departmental changes are opposed by the British Civil Service, in particular his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, played by Nigel Hawthorne. His Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, played by Derek Fowlds, is usually caught between the two. The sequel, Yes, Prime Minister, continued with the same cast and followed the events of the premiership of Jim Hacker after his unexpected elevation to Number 10 upon the resignation of the previous PM.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Yes Minister

Yes Minister - S3E4

#1 - The Moral Dimension


Season 3 - Episode 4

Jim is forced to back down about exposing bribery used to obtain a lucrative foreign contract when Bernard allows a valuable vase from a foreign government to be undervalued so that Mrs. Hacker can keep it.

The episode was rated from 64 votes.

Yes Minister - S3E3

#2 - The Skeleton in the Cupboard


Season 3 - Episode 3

Jim uses a costly mistake from Sir Humphrey's past to escape chastising an efficient local council for being late with their paperwork.

The episode was rated from 71 votes.

Yes Minister - S2E7

#3 - A Question of Loyalty


Season 2 - Episode 7

Jim and Sir Humphrey pass the buck to protect each other when they appear before a select committee investigating charges of waste in Hacker's ministry, until Jim's higher loyalties are called upon.

The episode was rated from 64 votes.

Yes Minister - S2E2

#4 - Doing the Honours


Season 2 - Episode 2

When Jim learns that he can block civil servant's honours, he blackmails them into cutting their budgets, but when he hears that he might be in line for an honorary degree, he has to back down.

The episode was rated from 74 votes.

Yes Minister - S1E5

#5 - The Writing on the Wall


Season 1 - Episode 5

A rumour starts that Jim's department is about to be axed. So with help from Sir Humphrey, they try and defeat the Prime Minister's plans.

The episode was rated from 105 votes.

#6 - Big Brother
Season 1 - Episode 4

When the Government is planning to introduce a national database, Jim wants to bring in safe guards, but Sir Humphrey stalls until with some help from the opposition, Jim gets his way.

The episode was rated from 116 votes.
#7 - The Right to Know
Season 1 - Episode 6

Jim faces rebellion at home and in the office over the removal of protected status from a badger habitat, while he tries to circumvent Sir Humphrey's efforts to keep him ignorant of things.

The episode was rated from 90 votes.
#8 - The Middle-Class Rip-Off
Season 3 - Episode 7

Jim and Sir Humphrey collide when Jim acts as an MP to sell an art gallery and museum in his district to support a popular local football club.

The episode was rated from 63 votes.
#9 - Open Government
Season 1 - Episode 1

Jim Hacker wins a seat in the election and is given a cabinet post in the new government He meets the permanent secretary for his department Sir Humphrey Appleby but Jim decides to change the way things are done in the civil service so Sir Humphrey starts a plan to stop him

The episode was rated from 169 votes.
#10 - The Official Visit
Season 1 - Episode 2

When the leader of an African country is killed in a coup, his successor, who is an old friend of Jim's, comes in his place. They negotiate a ยฃ50 million deal to help buy oil exploration equipment.

The episode was rated from 139 votes.

Last updated: oct 06, 2021



The epitome of both British politics and British political satire. Although it is now 40 years old, it feels so current, it is sometimes frightening. Highly recommended if you liked the duo John Bird & John Fortune or Clarke & Dawe.


I have NO idea how i missed this gem all these years!!! This is a MUST WATCH if you think politics is ridiculous or in actual fact if you think it has a place in this world!!! This is some of the best writing I have seen on British TV :o)

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