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on 3 October 2008
What can you say? The BBC's finest moment? Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister are political comedy that do not grow old. You can ignore the brown suits and the interiors, and still feel that the themes and issues are as relevant today as ever. You cannot feel anything but fondness for this brilliantly scripted, witty, sharp and gloriously acted classic.

Jim Hacker is a minister of the crown in a newly elected government. Reliant on his private secretary, Bernard Wooley, for help navigating the complexities of government. Hacker grows into the role, developing the occassional Churchillian conceit, but always remains an affectionate character, even in the depths of his pollitical paranoia. Wooley evolves through these series from a lamb, barely able to help himself never mind his minister, to a wolf cub: still young but growing teeth. The master is of course the cabinet secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, one of the greatest characters ever to appear on TV. Sir Humphrey is machiavellian and delights in the exercise of power. Slowly though the unthinkable evolves, Hacker, with tacit aid from Wooley (who has dual allegiances), begins to exert some measure of authority. The man who studied Classics at Oxford gradually realises that the minister, who studied at London School of Economics, which is almost as bad as Essex University, is worthy of respect.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 13 June 2013
The writing here is beyond superb and terrifyingly accurate. We all appreciated it as a quality drama and laughed at the droll ironic humour.
The tragedy is that the accurate portrayal of pigs with both feet in the trough made us laugh instead of lusting for blood. I am happy that the series exists, but sad that we find the destruction of most of what we value by those we put in power in does not lead to any change.
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on 27 October 2014
This set is terrific. We found ourselves laughing out loud many times. The series is not recent, but many people will find it very appropriate to the current parliamentary behaviour. The acting of Paul Eddington and also Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds
could not be better!
Altogether, a real treat!
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on 19 March 2017
A birthday gift for a friend so that they may enjoy a classic
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on 10 October 2014
Sent this box set to our sister in Australia and she and her husband love it! apparently the TV programmes are even worse than over here so they ration themselves to one episode a night to make them last longer.
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on 27 November 2017
What more can I say. Excellent
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on 19 March 2018
Good service and product.
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on 27 September 2010
Having seen all the original TV series, there wan't anything that I needed to know in advance of purchase. The only problem we did encounter was that one of the disks would not play in our dvd-player (a Philips); however it ran perfectly ok in the dvd player in our computer. Ideally I should have returned the set, but serious family illness took priority at the time and it was never dealt with. This is British comedy at its finest....and how fascinating to note that the story-lines then are still relevant in 2010!
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on 30 July 2009
I bought this box set for my father on the occasion of his 65th birthday as I remembered him enjoying the series the first time around in the 80's. And it did not disappoint.

It is comedy at its best, with lots of things left unsaid or hinted at, political shenanigans and intrigue between the civil service and politicians forever trying to outsmart each other.

If you liked The Good life or All creatures great & small this is for you.
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on 29 November 2011
I Purchased this box set of one of the best ever British Comedies. It was a comedy marvel all three yes minister and two yes prime minister, that relied on the skill of the writer and three very talented actors who deliver memorable entertainment without the need for crude remarks, swearing or smut. It ranks alongside Dad's Army of which i have all the disc's, Steptoe & Son, Porridge, yet again i have all the disc's of those shows. I wish the BBC would start to try to find again this type of comedy.
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