The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms, or so he thinks.
Reviews
Popularity
3,671 ( 814)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
1984   1982   1981   1980  
Top Rated TV #173 | 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Paul Eddington ...  James Hacker 22 episodes, 1980-1984
Nigel Hawthorne ...  Sir Humphrey Appleby 22 episodes, 1980-1984
Derek Fowlds ...  Bernard Woolley 22 episodes, 1980-1984
Diana Hoddinott ...  Annie Hacker 10 episodes, 1980-1984
Edit

Storyline

James Hacker is the British Minister for Administrative Affairs. He tries to do something and cut government waste, but he is continually held back by the smart and wily Permanent Secretary of the Department, Sir Humphrey Appleby. Private secretary Bernard Woolley is caught in the middle, between his political master, and his civil service boss. Written by Tony Lammens <lammens@connexus.apana.org.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This series featured two Oscar nominees, Sir Nigel Hawthorne and Brenda Blethyn. See more »

Goofs

Televisions come on instantly, which didn't happen at the time the series was made. See more »

Quotes

Sir Humphrey Appleby: It's always a victory of the heartless over the mindless.
See more »

Alternate Versions

The pilot version of the first episode, "Open Government", was released on the UK DVD release of Series 1. It differs from the broadcast version in having different, cheaper-looking titles and different theme music (composed by Max Harris with Sidney Margo). See more »

Connections

Remade as Sorry minister (2009) See more »

User Reviews

Gorgeous
20 January 2004 | by BeEarnestSee all my reviews

This series is simply the best political comedy ever. From first hand experiences not with the british but the european administration and from my studies of political science I can pledge the satire to be really, really sharp. The dialogues are superb and I simply love the characters. Sir Humphrey is unbeatable. As a fellow writer already commented a must see for everyone into politics.


39 of 41 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 40 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Yes Minister See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(21 episodes) | (1 episode)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed