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  • Actors: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 9 May 2005
  • Run Time: 224 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007ZD6ZY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,069 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Eight episodes from the popular TV series which takes a satirical look at life behind the scenes at Westminster. Starring Paul Eddington as the careworn PM and Nigel Hawthorne as his long-suffering under-secretary. The episodes included are: 'Man Overboard'; 'Official Secrets'; 'A Diplomatic Incident'; 'A Conflict of Interest'; 'Power to the People'; 'The Patron of the Arts'; 'The National Education Service'; and 'The Tangled Web'.

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Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn's superb sitcom Yes, Prime Minister entered 10 Downing Street with Jim Hacker now Prime Minister of Britain, following a campaign to "Save the British Sausage". Whether tackling defence ("The Grand Design"), local government ("Power to the People") or the National Education Service, all of Jim Hacker's bold plans for reform generally come to nothing, thanks to the machinations of Nigel Hawthorne's complacent Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey (Jeeves to Hacker's Wooster) who opposes any action of any sort on the part of the PM altogether. This is usually achieved by discreet horse-trading. In "One of Us", for instance, Hacker relents from implementing defence cuts when he is presented with the embarrassingly large bill he ran up in a vote-catching mission to rescue a stray dog on an army firing range. Only in "The Tangled Web", the final episode of Series 2, does the PM at last turn the tables on Sir Humphrey. Paul Eddington is a joy as Hacker, whether in mock-Churchillian mode or visibly cowering whenever he is congratulated on a "courageous" idea. Jay and Lynn's script, meanwhile, is a dazzlingly Byzantine exercise in wordplay, wittily reflecting the verbiage-to-substance ratio of politics. Ironically, Yes, Prime Minister is an accurate depiction of practically all political eras except its own, the 1980s, when Thatcher successfully carried out a radical programme regardless of harrumphing senior civil servants. --David Stubbs

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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Mart on 17 May 2005
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First the good news. This is a DVD of one of the finest, funniest and cleverest comedies ever created, and in even an average DVD presentation would be a definite five stars. However the BBC, renowned for releasing some of the laziest, cheapest DVDs out there, have today plumbed new depths. Series 1 was released in the usual box, with no special features at all, on a single double-sided DVD with no apparent effort made to improve the sound or picture quality.
Series 2 is exactly the same. Except it's released on two single-sided DVDs, instead of one double-sided DVD. The quality seems the same, so why two DVDs? But here's the thing that spurred me to write this : They haven't bothered to even print the title on one of them! It's 2 virtually-identical sides, and unless you peer closely you can't tell which way is top.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kalah on 12 July 2006
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Starting as the previous series left off, we are placed ringside to watch the tug of war between the civil service and the PM. Starting with Humphrey, for reasons beyond common sense, trying to derail Hacker's ambitious plan to save money and slash unemployment by moving military forces "up north", the series once more causes involuntary convulsions of the laugh muscles throughout. Political satire at its very best.

There are 2 DVD's this time; not a single two-sided one - which is fine, but something to make note of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. R. Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 April 2009
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This second and last series of the excellent Yes, Prime Minister show finishes one of my favourite sitcoms with another eight great episodes. Although the episodes in this series are not the classics that some of the previous series included, they are still frighteningly well written and far funnier than the vast majority of modern sitcoms.

The Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister series has always been both funny and surprisingly relevant to today's politics. Everyone involved gives great performances, especially the late Nigel Hawthorne as Sir Humphrey (who is probably one of my all-time favourite comic characters). Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister are examples of total brilliance and I would recommend them to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FAP on 6 Aug. 2009
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It's amazing how little has changed in the world since these shows were first broadcast. The dialogue is sharp, the observations spot-on and the situations hilarious - the shows still feel topical. Even the fact that these shows were recorded in glorious mono and a "square" picture ratio don't detract from the obvious quality. Highly recommended!

It would have been 5-stars but for two things: the double-sided DVD (a bit annoying, but not the end of the world) and the lack of any "extras".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. P. Rowan on 1 Jan. 2006
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8 Episodes of pure brilliance! It is one of the funniest series out on the market today. The way it potrays the goings on inside "Number 10" are hilarious and beleivable. I seriously recommend this DVD!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "cwhd83" on 3 Mar. 2006
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This is such a shrewd and funny commentary on the way British government (still) works that it's a must see for any fans of satire or just for the excellent writing.
Despite the fact it's nearly 2 decades old (!) it remains sharp and funny, in a large part, due to the brillant acting by Nigel Hawthorne, Paull Eddington and Derek Fowlds. They all click so well they could have been doing it for real.
Hawthorne's Sir Humphrey has to be one of the most deviously machiavellian performances ever broadcast - a true master class in spin! The real joy is how this has to be used every episode to retrieve the idiot politician from a near catastrophic disaster of his own making. This farce frequently leads to the whole of government being brought to it's knees by the egotistical Hacker's insecurities.
Great fun and very repeatable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony K on 22 Mar. 2008
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This must be one of the works of genius of all time. As one reads about the politicians' actions of today one can find an equivalent episode in either this release, or the Yes Minister DVDs. I really do think that civil servants and politicians use these as the basis of their training. (The Hutton enquiry comes particularly to mind.) Today's politicians are exposed by their own actions and words against the backdrop of the 'Yes' series. Buy the DVDs and books today for a full understanding of politics. You can then laugh at both the DVDs and at today's politicians! Double Value!

You can read the books or watch the DVD episodes many times and delight at the wonderful use of English and the interplay of the characters whilst being bewitched by the ingenious plots. Shakespeare and Machiavelli rolled into one cerebral feast.
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This is the BBC at it's very best and this to-gether with Series 1 and 'Yes Prime Minister" must rate as one of the best humorous comedies ever made with script writing that you never get to experience in today's television or cinema for that matter.

The acting in the whole series is of the highest calibre and if you want to know what politics is all about and have a really good laugh at the same time, this is a series not to be missed as it is quite brilliant and while made in the 1980's has a lot of relevance today. In fact if it was not so funny, one would cry at the political shananagins that are exposed and while not factual i'm sure has every relevance to-day.

It is about politics in Britain but one can easily adapt it to other countries and this series would be really applicable to the ANC in South Africa - African Style.
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