The BBC has been issuing some episodes of Yes Minister in audio-only formats for more than twenty years (originally on LP), but these four episodes are new to audio. If it seems odd to present a television program in audio only, you have only to remember how much like a radio comedy Yes Minister was to realise why it's possible. It had a thick wordy script, and was almost entirely filmed in a studio in front of an audience. You lose Sir Humphrey's arched eyebrow, Jim Hacker's expression of bafflement and his faux-Churchillian stylings, but virtually all of the humour survives the transition intact.
The trio of stars are Paul Eddington as the Minister, Nigel Hawthorne as the Permanent Secretary and Derek Fowlds as the Minister's Private Secretary, in a fictitous Whitehall department. The minister is neither Labour nor Conservative; the subject is the interaction between elected officials and the civil servants that run their departments. It's easy to forget that these programs are 30 years old, and some of the attitudes - comic though they are intended to be - are noticeably old-fashioned. For example:
Jim Hacker to a visiting African president: "Blackmail"!
African president: "Are you describing me or my proposal"?
There's one episode from Series One (The Official Visit), and three episodes from Series Three on this compilation (one of which includes the interview with Ludovic Kennedy - "Ludo", as Hacker chummily insists on calling him). The disks are arranged with two episodes on each disk, and with a separate track for each scene (there are only a handful of scenes in each episode), in a slim jewel case.