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Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection

Written by: Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For the first time in one audio collection, all 16 Yes Minister radio episodes plus six further TV episodes, 14 Yes Prime Minister episodes and two bonus sketches.

Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing. Presented here, for the first time in one collection, are the complete radio series of Yes Minister and the complete BBC television soundtracks of Yes Prime Minister. Also included are six TV soundtracks of Yes Minister and two special bonus mini-episodes: "The PM’s Plan", recorded in 1984 with Margaret Thatcher as herself, and a special segment created for "The Funny Side of Christmas" in 1982.

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Bahahaha

this series kills me...have to watch bursting out laughing in public--classic writing and English dry humor in the political arena

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  • Emily
  • 2014-08-15

Does this work as an audiobook? Yes, Minister ...

This wonderfully witty, clever and beguilingly cynical look at British politics made perfect television when originally made, and it works just as well as an audiobook. Those familiar with the series will be very pleased by the chance to re-encounter Jim Hacker, Sir Humphrey Appleby and Bernard Woolley, and those unfamiliar are in store for a real treat.

Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister will reward multiple listenings, and there are two bonuses among the episodes: The Yes Minister sketch involving Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and a Christmas Greeting from Sir Humphrey Appleby to Jim.

Download it as soon as you can - you certainly won't regret it!

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  • magrathean
  • 2015-02-15

Classic

The best comedy series ever. Can't get enough of it after all these years. Masterpiece in all aspects :script , performance, screenplay.

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  • beaver
  • 2015-01-07

Laughted our loud!

This is a great series and one I will listen to again and again. It's farcical banter and beaurocratic nonsense has made me laugh out loud on my commute many any times. Such good fun!

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  • Koustav Dasgupta
  • 2019-01-31

Great collection with one big caveat

This is a complete collection of the Yes Minister/Prime Minister series, so if you like the series, this is the collection to get. As a fan of the series, you really can't go wrong there. The one caveat here is the audience volume in the Yes, Prime Minister portion of this audiobook - it is so loud that it almost drowns out the actor's voices, or atleast makes it very annoying. This caveat does not apply to the Yes,Minister part of the audiobook. It's still a great buy, but I wish they had fixed (reduced) the audience volume issue before releasing it.

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  • D. Betteridge
  • 2015-06-14

It's funny because it's true.

Regardless of the original production date, this series remains funny because it is still relevant. This is one that I can listen to repeatedly. The characters are interesting, funny, and knowable. The topics are real, the situations all too familiar, and you just know this is what really goes on in government, doubtless no matter the country. Yes Minister and the follow-up Yes Prime Minister are just funny- plain and simple.

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  • Diana
  • 2017-04-11

Entertaining in a droll and eye-opening way

This wasn't a laugh-out-loud experience for me, but I enjoyed the way I was taught the machinations of politics in a humorous way. It is a good thing I am not a school teacher because I would try to get kids to learn more "how the world really works" beyond the accepted school curriculum - and this comedic audio has many good examples of how human ideals, egos, hunger for power, and sneaky machinations collide.

Listening to this audio book at the same time as watching a series called "Borgen" gives an immersive experience of humans and politics - at least as portrayed by the entertainment industry. And amazement as to why anyone would want to be in politics.

The audio issue here needs to be discussed. The voices are sometimes a bit hollow and distant, requiring the volume be turned up. However, the audience laughter (a laugh track?) is a solid sound, sometimes requiring the ear buds to be quickly pulled out of the ear if the iPod is in a pocket and too hard to reach fast. This uneven sound quality is not great for someone who uses earbuds, but if you listen to audio books on a speaker may not be an issue.

I think I laughed out loud only a few times, but the audio version was still an enjoyable experience - and I learned something about how our world works and people behave too.

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  • Ellen
  • 2015-05-20

Memorable

Such great satire, it'll change the way you think about politics. I didn't realise it wasn't current, all the issues are so familiar.

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  • J. Lopez
  • 2017-02-27

Absolutely wonderful

Hilarious and engaging!! I Loved every minute of it both times I listened to it.

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  • M. Mueller
  • 2015-01-21

Just plain fun!

While from the 80's- it is still fun to listen! Witty, humorous, Never silly! Just great! Really? Yes,
absolutely dear listeners & readers!

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  • Clifford Dunn
  • 2019-01-19

Yes Minister is wonderful

the only thing I didn't like was the as that the book had to end

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