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Yes, Minister/Yes, Prime Minister

CORRUSCATING COMMONS satirecom, with PAUL “JERRY” EDDINGTON as hapless (and clueless) Minister for Administrative Affairs Jim Hacker fighting a losing battle with amoral Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, played by NIGEL “GEORGE” HAWTHORNE. “MR.” DEREK FOWLDS was stuck-in-the-middle Personal Secretary Bernard Woolley. Politely deranged stuff, and as Hacker was promoted to PM the scale of destruction got even greater. JOHNATHAN LYNN and ANTHONY JAY wrote, light entertainment music-gr├╝ppenfuhrer RONNIE HAZLEHURST penned the faintly regal theme, GERALD SCARFE supplied the watch-how-it-did-them line-drawn titles. Top cameos from ROBIN “I DIDN’T KNOW” BAILEY and GRAEME GARDEN.

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  1. johnnyboy

    February 2, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    All very nicely done and superbly written; the characters (whether permanent or semi) had real personality so a really nice 9pm BBC2 gem. My brother gave me the complete stuff on DVD and though ‘Minister’ was good, ‘Prime Minister’ is the best. One party-piece you could do with each episode was try and work out how Sir Humphrey would crow-bar in the word “Minister” as the last utterance each time. A gem!

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