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"Yes Minister": No. 5 [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Antony Jay , Jonathan Lynn
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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19 April 2010 Yes Minister
This title contains four TV soundtrack episodes from the classic BBC TV satire starring Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds. "The Official Visit" - Jim Hacker welcomes the new leader of an African country, even though the visit may mean Hacker has to leave politics..."Equal Opportunities" - Sir Humphrey doesn't see eye to eye with Jim's plan for sexual equality. "The Challenge" - Hacker is on a mission to make local authorities responsible for their spending, which includes fallout shelters and Ludovic Kennedy..."The Bed of Nails" - When Jim is asked to formulate an Integrated Transport Policy he becomes 'Transport Supremo'. But is it a title worth having? These episodes of machinations and manipulation also feature Ludovic Kennedy, Eleanor Bron, Ian Lavender and Tenniel Evans.

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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; abridged edition edition (19 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408427079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408427071
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and best political sit-com 20 April 2010
By Peter TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stone cold classic. 22 April 2010
By Curlynob TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This newly available audio collection gives you four classic 1/2 hour episodes of Yes Minister over two CDs: The official Visit, Equal Opportunities, The Challenge and The Bed of Nails.

The sound is taken straight from the original TV episodes and whilst there are a couple of moments that are a bit clumsy - for example when Jim is talking to the Foreign Secretary over the phone, their voices keep cutting with non existant camera shots between a normal voice and the sound of their voices crackling down the phone line - largely it still works incredibly well. The raised eyebrows and baffled expressions are just as funny, bizarrely perhaps even funnier, when they are suggested rather than actually shown. At times the audience erupts into laughter and you know EXACTLY what has just occurred.

Yes Minister survives the translation to Audio CD so well because of the devastating quality of the scripts and the now legendary performances of the lead characters. Some thirty years on, the whole production is still incredibly sharp and funny. Listening to Jim squirm through an interview with a school girl before declaring, "That's the last interview I give for a School Magazine, she asked some very difficult questions", is one of many pricelist moments in the two hours of stone cold classic comedy delivered on this latest release. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Please ... 10 Dec 2010
By pacem et amorem TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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There is nothing to compare to Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister when it comes to political comedy. With Sir Humphrey's speeches enough to melt the brain, or at least make your head spin, you are treated to the most intelligent comedic writing and acting that has perhaps ever been broadcast on TV. I was delighted to discover that I could alos enjoy the delights of Yes Minister on CD I couldn't wait to get my hands on them. On this disc set there are four brilliant episodes with perhaps the best being Equal Opportunities. All of them will have you rolling about laughing.
Buy this if if you need a laugh ... Yes Minister will certainly bring a smile to your face!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still funny 30 years later 8 May 2010
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This double audio CD contains the sound tracks from 4 episodes from the television series. The 4 episodes are `The Official Visit', `Equal Opportunities', `The Challenge' and `The Bed of Nails'. My particular favourite is `Equal Opportunities' which features Eleanor Bron as a high flying civil servant. The discussion of whether or not women should be in positions of power is priceless and allows Bernard to coin a new name for a female Mandarin - a Satsuma.

The dialogue in all four episodes is as fresh and crisp as the day it was first broadcast and provides a basis for interesting speculation about just exactly how civil servants and ministers do work together. `The Challenge' illustrates a scenario familiar to anyone working in a large organisation; if something is presented to you as a challenge it usually means no one else wants to do it - or several have already failed trying.

I really enjoyed listening to these episodes and I would recommend it to anyone - even if they have never watched the television series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely classic 1 May 2010
By Dave M TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Maggie Thatcher always said that "Yes Minister" was too close to the truth, if so then running the country must be both frustrating (Sir Humphrey making sure of that) and comic (with the good natured attempts of Jim Hacker to try to "do the right thing", even although we know that by-elections can taint his views).

This is BBC comedy at its finest and this double CD contain four classic episodes.

Absolutely superb and idea for a car journey.

Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You have got to have seen it on TV....
This CD is the soundtrack from the TV programmes. As such I felt that it did not stand on its own as much humour was lost as it lacked the visual content, however, having said... Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2010 by Saturnicus
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy but...
This seems dated when I've become used to "The Thick of It". The other main problem is that these are simply the soundtracks to TV episodes and not radio adaptations. Read more
Published on 11 July 2010 by fivestarfrankie
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Minister
This CD is like a trip down memory lane. It is as funny as the day I first saw the programme. I thought at first by not viewing the programme I would loose some of the joy and... Read more
Published on 21 May 2010 by M. Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
I laughed and laughed as I listened. And I am sure that it is more life like than we would like to believe. Read more
Published on 20 May 2010 by artemisrhi
3.0 out of 5 stars TV to Audio - not the greatest idea.
For some reason, the BBC has recently taken to re-releasing well known television comedy/drama in audio form. Read more
Published on 20 May 2010 by Mr. B. R. Good
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and so very relevant
The only worrying thing about listening to this DVD is that it is still so relevant to today! Listening to this is an excellent way to spend time. Read more
Published on 20 May 2010 by Mr. Jon Forster
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes? Minister?
Well, this is surprising. I had been quite cautious about listening to this audio version of Yes, Minister primarily because I thought its worth would be dimmed in the dvd age... Read more
Published on 20 May 2010 by Stuart Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Still funny, still relevant
I was just a child when Yes Minister first hit television and didn't really pay much attention to it. Read more
Published on 20 May 2010 by Mo
4.0 out of 5 stars Move over Mr Cameron...
Although a little of the content is dated, the wit of all the episodes in "Yes Minister": No. 5 (BBC Audio) is still clever and relevant. Read more
Published on 17 May 2010 by D. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic tv programme on cd
Yes Minister was one of the best comedy series ever made by the BBC - back in the days when they knew how to make comedy shows that were actually funny. Read more
Published on 16 May 2010 by David
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