Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection

  • by Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
  • Narrated by Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorn, full cast
  • 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

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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I wished it would never end

Where does Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This had me smiling the whole time I was listening to it and as the title says I just wish it hadn't ended. It brought back wonderful memories of the TV series and in fact I believe that it was just the recording of the original TV series rather than especially made for audio, but this didn't detract at all from the quality. The actors are a sheer delight and the script has lost none of it's wit all these years later and in fact the stories of government and the civil service could have been written just days previously and would still have been relevant today. Which considering some of the storylines, is a little scary, don't you think?


What did you like best about this story?

That is was a recording of the TV series. I think it helped that I had seen the orginal TV programme as I was able to picture the actors as they spoke and their expressions, but I think it would still be magic for anyone who hadn't seen the TV series


Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Sir Humphrey, as played by Nigel Hawthorne - such a shame he's no longer with us


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Government and the Civil Service - How it really is


Any additional comments?

Loved it

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Fantastic listen, however....

Still a fantastic show and not at all dated. This is a great collection but the fact the title and end credits are present in every chapter (and it appears unskippable) does get annoying when undertaking a longer listen hence loosing a *. Would be 5* if they could fix this.
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- JonB "Tell us about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-07-2014
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd