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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.
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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
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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>

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

22 August 1988 (Netherlands) See more »

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Javisst, herr minister See more »

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(21 episodes) | (1 episode)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Only three episodes in the series, season one, episode three, "The Economy Drive", season one, episode four, "Big Brother", and season one, episode six, "The Right to Know", did not end with the phrase "Yes Minister". See more »

Goofs

During the train sequence in "The Official Visit", a close-up shows that the warning notice on the wall is written in gibberish. See more »

Quotes

Hacker: They have the right to know!
Sir Humphrey Appleby: No, they have the right to be ignorant. Knowledge implies complicity, ignorance has a certain Dignity.
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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. See more »

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Version of Rosenbaddarna (1990) See more »

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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.


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