For the first time in one audio collection, all 16 Yes Minister radio episodes plus six further TV episodes, 14 Yes Prime Minister episodes and two bonus sketches.
Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing. Presented here, for the first time in one collection, are the complete radio series of Yes Minister and the complete BBC television soundtracks of Yes Prime Minister. Also included are six TV soundtracks of Yes Minister and two special bonus mini-episodes: "The PM’s Plan", recorded in 1984 with Margaret Thatcher as herself, and a special segment created for "The Funny Side of Christmas" in 1982.
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This is a wonderful series. In some ways it's better on audio.
My kids even like it. 12 and 14. Goes to show great writing and casting never goes astray.
Featuring the charming English accents and clever, educated dialogue centred around the culture clashes between an elected politician and his 'faithful' civil servants, this is a gem of British comedy. My only suggestion is that a few of the nuances may be lost on those who do not have a reasonable level of erudition themselves - someone who's idea of great humour is 'Everybody Loves Raymond' is likely to miss quite a few of jokes in Yes, Minister. If you have an IQ of under 120, or didn't finish highschool, you'll probably find the humour and themes here baffling.
What an excellent production. Just as representative of the machinations of the public/civil service and Gvovernment today as it was when this series was produced in the 80s.
"Does this work as an audiobook? Yes, Minister ..."
This wonderfully witty, clever and beguilingly cynical look at British politics made perfect television when originally made, and it works just as well as an audiobook. Those familiar with the series will be very pleased by the chance to re-encounter Jim Hacker, Sir Humphrey Appleby and Bernard Woolley, and those unfamiliar are in store for a real treat.
Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister will reward multiple listenings, and there are two bonuses among the episodes: The Yes Minister sketch involving Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and a Christmas Greeting from Sir Humphrey Appleby to Jim.
Download it as soon as you can - you certainly won't regret it!
The best comedy series ever. Can't get enough of it after all these years. Masterpiece in all aspects :script , performance, screenplay.
"Laughted our loud!"
This is a great series and one I will listen to again and again. It's farcical banter and beaurocratic nonsense has made me laugh out loud on my commute many any times. Such good fun!
"Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister"
I was an enthusiast of both TV shows and still think they were wonderful. However, I'm disappointed with the audiobooks because they don't lend themselves to the (poor quality) live, on stage, audio format, with (canned?) laughter and other distracting sounds the mikes pick-up that lend one to consider the whole presentation amateurish. It's doubly disappointing, as the original shows are recalled as cutting edge comedy, at the time. The years have not been kind to the performances. I'm afraid this audiobook is not up to Audible's standard of excellence.
"It's funny because it's true."
Regardless of the original production date, this series remains funny because it is still relevant. This is one that I can listen to repeatedly. The characters are interesting, funny, and knowable. The topics are real, the situations all too familiar, and you just know this is what really goes on in government, doubtless no matter the country. Yes Minister and the follow-up Yes Prime Minister are just funny- plain and simple.
Such great satire, it'll change the way you think about politics. I didn't realise it wasn't current, all the issues are so familiar.
"Just plain fun!"
While from the 80's- it is still fun to listen! Witty, humorous, Never silly! Just great! Really? Yes,
absolutely dear listeners & readers!
Hilarious and engaging!! I Loved every minute of it both times I listened to it.
Wonderful collection great for a laugh and bringing back fond memories. The best is The Key pure magic.
"Brilliant and still relevant"
Definitely in the category of they don't make them like this anymore, and more the shame.
Brilliant actors at the top of there game.
The speeches by Sir Humprey still bring a smile to me every time I hear them
"Funny and relevant"
This is my favourite audible book and I have listened to it more times than I know. It still makes me laugh out loud, even though I know what is coming. It amazes me how relevant all the topics and catastrophes that happen still are. I would def recomend it to people of all ages but particularly if you have an interest in politics.
"Hasn't dated a day."
This is the most wonderful political comedy. As fresh now as it was when I first watched the TV series in the 1980's. Most enjoyable is the great writing and sparking performances.
This hard to compare. It's a brilliant British radio play and completely different to anything else that I've seen on Audible.
No, I haven't
I listened episode by episode overall few weeks.
What can I say about this phenomenal series that hasn't already been said a thousand times before? If (like me) you loved the television series then there's no reason why you won't like these audio versions, since they use the same amazing scripts (adapted for radio) and star the same original cast (indeed even many of the minor characters are played by the same actors). Not only that but they also manage to convey all of the fun and spontaneity that was present in the TV series which lifted it from merely "good" to "truly great". Buy it, you will not be disappointed.
"I wished it would never end"
This had me smiling the whole time I was listening to it and as the title says I just wish it hadn't ended. It brought back wonderful memories of the TV series and in fact I believe that it was just the recording of the original TV series rather than especially made for audio, but this didn't detract at all from the quality. The actors are a sheer delight and the script has lost none of it's wit all these years later and in fact the stories of government and the civil service could have been written just days previously and would still have been relevant today. Which considering some of the storylines, is a little scary, don't you think?
That is was a recording of the TV series. I think it helped that I had seen the orginal TV programme as I was able to picture the actors as they spoke and their expressions, but I think it would still be magic for anyone who hadn't seen the TV series
Sir Humphrey, as played by Nigel Hawthorne - such a shame he's no longer with us
Government and the Civil Service - How it really is
"An eye opener on the workings of government"
I loved this from the start to the very end. Three fine main actors with supporting actors bring the complexities of being in government to life. The main opposition is not in the house of commons but the civil service. The twists and turns in each episode are a joy to listen to and at the end you find out who wins or if it is a draw. When I hear and see the goings in in government today I am reminded of all that is going on behind the scene.
Loved everything second. As relevant now as it was then. Timeless. The Thick of It for a different generation (but better/cleaner).
"Funny, witty and Smart"
An excellent political satire still relevant today. The acting is wonderful and the plot lines clever. Well worth listening too. It will have you laughing out loud at times.
This just does not date. As funny now as it was when first released. Strongly recommend to anyone whatever their comedy or political bent is.
"Still inciteful and relevant today"
Not showing it's age. Could have ben written yesterday! Trident, banks needing bailed out, leadership struggles it's all in here.
"A great listen. "
Transfers to radio surprisingly well! Very enjoyable, highly recommended. Thank you very much indeed! RJT
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