Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister

The series, initially called Yes Minister, began life in 1980. It ran for three series on BBC Two, repeated on BBC One. Its successor Yes Prime Minister ran for two series from 1986. It starred Paul Eddington as politician Jim Hacker, Nigel Hawthorne as permanent secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and Derek Fowlds as Hacker's principal private secretary Bernard Woolley. Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, the original writers of the classic TV series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister reunited for a 30th anniversary production of the stage play Yes Prime Minister.

 

Yes Prime Minister (2 Series)

Written by: Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay

Jim Hacker MP has been Minister for Administrative affairs long enough to know the unspoken rules of the game. He must come up with fresh ideas to show the electorate he is successful. His permanent secretary, the urbane Sir Humphrey is there to make sure they never come fruition, while poor Bernard (private secretary) must sit uneasily on the fence between them.

 

Yes Minister (3 Series)

Written by: Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay

 Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn

Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn

The corridors of power are awash with corruption, back-stabbing and uncivil servants as James Hacker, opportunistic Minister of the Department of Administrative Affairs, and his scheming Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, fight for control of the ministry.