#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Series Online Free – James Hacker is the British Minister for Administrative Affairs. He tries to do something and cut government waste, but he is continually held back by the smart and wily Permanent Secretary of the Department, Sir Humphrey Appleby. Private secretary Bernard Woolley is caught in the middle, between his political master, and his civil service boss. Plot: Set principally in the private office of a British Cabinet minister in the Department of Administrative Affairs in Whitehall, Yes Minister follows the ministerial career of The Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP, played by Paul Eddington. His various struggles to formulate and enact legislation or effect departmental changes are opposed by the British Civil Service, in particular his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, played by Nigel Hawthorne. His Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, played by Derek Fowlds, is usually caught between the two.
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Attention Monty Python fans, this series if you’ve never seen it, will make you feel as if you’ve uncovered a hidden cache of British Comedy Treasure. Absolutely brilliant early 80s sitcom that chronicles the subsurface machinations of high level government. Eddington plays a cabinet minister who is the perfect embodiment of the modern politician. High in ideals, but forever made human by ambition, partisan backbiting, concession making and opinion poll obsession. His antagonist is the Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey, played by Hawthorne, who IS Machiavelli in 20th century apparel. Fowlds plays the foil and serves mostly as the tennis net to the two men, and their conflicting goals. The writing just cant be praised enough, and in true British fashion, derives most of the laughs when it dissects, and deftly rearranges the English language. Eddington is incredible as the bumbling minister. I’ve heard John Cleese say that what makes good comedy is not necessarily the joke, or situation, but how the fingered character reacts to his circumstance. This show illustrates the concept expertly. Eddington produces genuine belly laughs simply from facial contortions and incoherent ejaculations. Think how often that doesn’t work and how rarely its even attempted any longer. Hawthorne is good but not as, he sometimes flails with the material and completely hams the comedy. His character is at its best when it deadpans irony. There’s a zillion of these shows and in my viewing thus far, I’ve barely scratched the surface. Yet each I’ve seen is phenomenal.
Maybe I am just a ‘Mr. Thick As Two Short Planks’ but ‘Yes, Minister’ is not a show I found easy to be able to get into. I admit I do not have much of a head for politics, hence my lack of interest for political humour, with the exception of the later ‘The New Statesman’ ( which focused more on the sleazy corrupt side of MPs outside parliament ).
The star of the show was Paul Eddington ( who previously became a household name as Jerry Leadbetter in ‘The Good Life’ ) as MP Jim Hacker who is appointed to the position of Minister of Affairs by the Prime Minister, a job he is clearly not cut out for. His Permanent Secretary and nemesis is Sir Humphrey Appleby ( Nigel Hawthorne ) whereas his Principal Private Secretary is Bernard Wooley ( Derek Fowlds ).
Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn ( the latter who earlier provided scripts for the ‘Doctor’ series and ‘On The Buses’ ) provided the scripts. No one could deny how popular it was, even then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was a fan, so much so she penned a special sketch of the show herself. I don’t hate the show personally, it’s just I can’t seem to find much to enjoy when half the jokes seem to fly over the top of my head. Though this line did tickle my funny bone however.
APPLEBY: Have you redrafted the redraft of the redraft of your redraft?
HACKER: No, why?
APPLEBY: We need to redraft it!
The show was later followed by a sequel – the equally popular ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ in which Hacker became the unlikely leader in Number. 10. Rik Mayall made a delightful reference to the show in the ‘Comic Relief’ edition of ‘The New Statesman’ in 1988 in which after being questioned by Maggie if he is trying to have his way with her, he loudly exclaims: ”Yes, Prime Minister!” before dropping his trousers to reveal Union Jack patterned underpants!
Original Language en
Original Title Yes Minister
Total Seasons 3
Released 25 Feb 1980
Release Year 1980–1984
Actors Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds
Country United Kingdom
Awards Won 5 BAFTA 6 wins & 3 nominations total
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