Yes Minister YES MINISTER

 

SERIES 1 - First broadcast 1980

Open Government

Open Government

British MP Jim Hacker's party has won a general election, and Hacker is waiting for The Call. "You sound as if you're going to enter the ministry," says his wife. "Yes," replies Hacker, "but which Ministry, that's the whole point!" As it happens, Hacker is tapped to head the Department of Administrative Affairs, where he intends to fight for his party's manifesto commitment to Open Government. He faces a few obstacles, however: his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby; his Private Secretary, Bernard Woolley; and his own party's Prime Minister.

The Official Visit

The Official Visit

The President of Buranda is to visit Scotland (coincidentally, on the very day before three Scottish by-elections). Unfortunately, a coup in Buranda interferes with Hacker's plans. Shrugging off Sir Humphrey's warnings, Hacker insists on letting the visit go ahead, despite the little matter of not knowing who's coming.

The Economy Drive

The Economy Drive

"Economy begins at home," Sir Humphrey tells his Minister, and thus begins "Operation Hairshirt," a Civil Service scheme to convince Hacker that perhaps budgetary cutbacks aren't such a good thing after all.

Big Brother

Big Brother

Her Majesty's Government is inaugurating a huge new database containing information on every citizen of the UK. Hacker wants strict safeguards on the use of this information. Sir Humphrey does not. By consulting with his predecessor (now in opposition), Hacker begins to see how the civil service can, on occasion, be beaten.

The Writing on the Wall

The Writing on the Wall

Jim Hacker has succeeded in cutting government waste! Unfortunately, the bit of waste to be eliminated is his own Department of Administrative Affairs, which wasn't what he had in mind at all.

The Right to Know

The Right to Know

Hacker is outraged to be told that "there are some things it is better for a Minister not to know." Sir Humphrey sets out, with the aid of Hacker's daughter and a threatened badger colony, to show him why.

Jobs for the Boys

Jobs for the Boys

Hacker is outraged to be told that "there are some things it is better for a Minister not to know." Sir Humphrey sets out, with the aid of Hacker's daughter and a threatened badger colony, to show him why.

SERIES 2 - First broadcast 1981

The Compassionate Society

The Compassionate Society

Hacker is surprised to learn that a brand-new hospital has 500 administrative staff and no medial staff--or patients. Sir Humphrey merely praises its efficiency. After all, it's the cleanest hospital in London.

The Official Visit

Doing the Honours

Hacker wants to withhold honours (knighthoods, MBEs, and the like) from civil servants who fail to make budget cuts. Sir Humphrey is aghast, believing that honours for civil servants should be automatic. After all, they're civil servants! Meanwhile, Sir Humphrey's old college at Oxford is facing financial difficulties which only Hacker can solve for them.

The Death List

The Death List

As editor of the magazine Reform, Hacker came out against government wiretapping and bugging. Now he learns that as Minister for Administrative Affairs he is, in the words of Private Eye, "the Government's chief bugger."

The Greasy Pole

The Greasy Pole

The British Chemical Corporation needs Hacker's permission to manufacture a perfectly harmless chemical with a politically unattractive name. Hacker is faced with a choice: should he look like a heartless pawn of industry or a spineless political jellyfish?

The Devil You Know

The Devil You Know

An impending Cabinet reshuffle has Hacker in a tizzy. This is perfectly normal; that's what reshuffles are for. Stranger is Sir Humphrey's negative reaction to the possibility of losing his Minister. After all, one Minister is much like another...unless the other is Basil Corbett.

The Quality of Life

The Quality of Life

Hacker is manoeuvred into sort-of-promising to keep a City Farm for urban schoolchildren open. Unfortunately, he has already been manoeuvred into signing (but not reading or understanding) an order to close it. To top things off, the City Farm director's husband is an editor at a major newspaper. Can Sir Humphrey get his Minister out of this mess? And what will he want in return?

A Question of Loyalty

A Question of Loyalty

Hacker is desperately trying, with the aid of his civil servants, to cover up his--and their--failure to cut government waste. The Prime Minister is not pleased with his performance...though not for the reasons Jim thinks.

SERIES 3 - First broadcast 1982

Equal Opportunities

Equal Opportunities

Hacker wants an immediate 25% quota for women in the top grades of the Civil Service. Sir Humphrey believes that this would mark the end of civilisation as we know it.

The Challenge

The Challenge

Responsibility for Local Government has just been transferred to the DAA, making Jim Hacker "Mr. Town Hall as well as Mr. Whitehall." Hacker sets out with characteristic zeal to clean up local bureaucracy...and blows it, giving an embarrassing taped interview to the BBC. Can Hacker get the interview cancelled? Of course, the BBC couldn't possibly give in to government pressure....

The Skeleton in the Cupboard

The Skeleton in the Cupboard

Thirty years ago, a young civil servant drew up a contract which will soon cost the Government 40 million pounds. The papers will soon be due for declassification, and Hacker has promised to ensure that they will all be made available. For some reason, the prospect seems to terrify Sir Humphrey.

The Moral Dimension

The Moral Dimension

Hacker learns that a huge export order from the Arab oil sheikhdom of Qumran was obtained by bribery. In a fit of moral indignation, the Minister insists that this must be made public. Unfortunately for Jim, he has some skeletons in his own cupboard.

The Bed of Nails

The Bed of Nails

Jim Hacker is pleased to be made Transport Supremo, though his pleasure is short-lived once Sir Humphrey explains that the Civil Service vernacular for the position is "Transport Muggins." How will Sir Humphrey get Jim out of this one?

The Quality of Life

The Whisky Priest

When Hacker learns of the sale of British weapons to Italian terrorists, he thinks the Prime Minister would want to know. Sir Humphrey, by contrast, thinks the PM would want not to know. With the aid of the Chief Whip, Sir Humphrey convinces Hacker to see it his way. But Hacker's source has other ideas.

The Middle-Class Rip-Off

The Middle-Class Rip-Off

Hacker suggests selling an art museum in his constituency and giving the money to the struggling local football club. Sir Humphrey is aghast that government money might be taken away from the arts and spent on something people actually want.

Christmas Special - First broadcast 1984

Party Games

Party Games

The Prime Minister has announced his resignation. Will the Foreign Secretary or the Chancellor of the Exchequer be the new PM? Jim Hacker has, in his even-handed way, promised to support both. The party establishment and the Civil Service don't like either one. But who is moderate enough and malleable enough to satisfy both the party and the Civil Service...?

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