Synopsis by Hal Erickson
One of Britain's most popular and best-remembered sitcoms, Yes, Minister starred Paul Eddington as thick-eared Tory politician Jim Hacker, who by some miracle of the democratic process was elected MP for Administrative Affairs. The basic joke was that every one of Hacker's subordinates was smarter than he, notably his long-suffering private secretary Bernard Wooley (Derek Fowlds). Each of the series' 21 episodes (plus one 60-minute special) was a battle of wits between Hacker and his scheming, conniving undersecretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne), with Appleby having twice as much "ammunition" than his dullard boss. Originally telecast from February 25, 1980 to December 23, 1982, with an additional holiday special on December 27, 1984, Yes, Minister was followed by a sequel with the same cast, Yes, Prime Minister.