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Yes Minister: the Complete Collection
     

Yes Minister: the Complete Collection

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This box set contains every episode of the award-winning British sitcom Yes, Minister. Each is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include a documentary on the series' star Nigel Hawthorne, a history of the program, and an interview with one of the show's

Overview

This box set contains every episode of the award-winning British sitcom Yes, Minister. Each is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include a documentary on the series' star Nigel Hawthorne, a history of the program, and an interview with one of the show's writers, Jonathan Lynn. This is a solid release from BBC Home Video.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Everything you never wanted to know about government bureaucracy makes for delectably droll situation comedy in Yes Minister, the legendary early-'80s British TV offering. The series follows the cabinet minister of the Department of Administrative Affairs, Jim Hacker (Paul Eddington), as he tries to implement policy with the "help" of that department's chief civil servant, Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Sir Nigel Hawthorne). Yes Minister is politics, politics, and more politics -- personal issues and stories never enter the fray. And what is explored and exposed is the way that career politicians and career bureaucrats are in fact always at odds. In a clash of personalities, the politician's naive idealism crumples when votes are at stake, while the bureaucrat's pragmatism spurs a knee-jerk reaction to preserve the status quo. With the aid of brilliant writing by Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn (director of My Cousin Vinny), Eddington and Hawthorn turn this into a hilarious battle, with the glib and manipulative Humphrey getting the upper hand in the series' early going, only to see the oft-bamboozled Hacker gradually get the hang of things -- with a little help from his personal secretary, Bernard (Derek Fowlds). While some of Yes Minister is peculiar to the machinations of British parliamentary government, most of it is more than relevant to American democracy as well. And aside from politics, Yes Minister beautifully mines the archetypal British master-servant dynamics in a manner reminiscent of P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves & Wooster series. Television, American or British, rarely reaches this level of clever erudition, and it will come as no surprise that Yes Minister is ranked as one of the top ten British television programs of all time by the British Film Institute. It is TV perfected.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
UPC:
0794051174826
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Region Code:
1
Time:
10:13:00
Sales rank:
11,506

Special Features

Closed Caption; Sir Nigel Hawthorne Remembered: 47-minute profile; A Short History of Yes Minister; Jonathan Lynn interview

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Vol. 1
1. No Call Yet [6:03]
2. Well Taken Care Of [4:16]
3. Ministerial Duties [4:51]
4. What's Wrong With Open Government [8:18]
5. Open, Yes, but Not Gaping [4:19]
6. End Credits [:42]
1. Hats and the Crown [7:53]
2. Rumblings in the Interior [1:42]
3. Presidential Enigma [6:42]
4. Imperialist Yolk [5:28]
5. Long Time No See [5:47]
6. End Credits [:42]
1. Government Waste [4:45]
2. Saving Money Irresponsibly [4:20]
3. Economy Begins at Home [5:58]
4. Austerity [5:23]
5. Repercussions [7:22]
6. End Credits [:41]
1. Is Big Brother Watching You? [4:55]
2. Civil Servant Puppet [5:54]
3. I'm the Minister [3:04]
4. Five Stages of Stalling [6:01]
5. It's Been Announced [8:34]
6. End Credits [:44]
1. Straight Answers [6:21]
2. Plain English [4:33]
3. The Unkindest Cut [3:20]
4. Divide and Rule [8:11]
5. Hypothetical Question [4:32]
6. End Credits [:44]
1. Threatened Species [4:44]
2. Better Not to Know [7:27]
3. Hacker, the Badger Butcher [4:28]
4. The Four-Word Trick [2:51]
5. Letter to Daddy [9:15]
6. End Credits [:45]
Side #2 -- Vol. 2
1. Responsible Discretion [6:15]
2. Quango Hopeful [5:05]
3. Into the Valley of Death... [4:50]
4. I Don't Know! [4:09]
5. Plum Appointments [7:58]
6. End Credits [:43]
1. Questions in the House [6:40]
2. Alleged Empty Hospital [3:57]
3. No Patients! [8:24]
4. Solidarity [5:53]
5. Striking Against Unemployment [3:52]
6. End Credits [:42]
1. Intellectual Caliber [5:58]
2. Undeserved Honours [7:20]
3. Thin End of the Wedge [5:25]
4. College Benefactors [5:30]
5. 5% Cuts All Round [3:33]
6. End Credits [:41]
1. Government's Chief Bugger [8:05]
2. Private Conversations [2:49]
3. Here I Am - Do Your Worst [9:15]
4. The Target's Second Honeymoon [4:23]
5. Not Important Enough [4:14]
6. End Credits [:45]
1. Ministers Don't Think [4:51]
2. Worrying Rumors [5:04]
3. How to Discredit a Report [3:50]
4. Political Dynamite [9:29]
5. Dr. Henderson [5:44]
6. End Credits [:41]
1. The European Idea [6:16]
2. Cabinet Reshuffle [2:53]
3. Impermanence Is Impotence [3:18]
4. Insecurity [8:27]
5. To Brussels or Not [8:04]
6. End Credits [:41]
Side #3 -- Vol. 3
1. Six Little Stories [4:58]
2. Courageous Stand on High Buildings [6:17]
3. Urgent Administrative Order [2:17]
4. City Farm Movement [7:25]
5. St. Francis of Tower Hamlets [7:36]
6. End Credits [:43]
1. A Minister's Absence Is a Godsend [4:28]
2. The Importance of Briefs [6:54]
3. Humphrey's Turn [6:12]
4. The Five Standard Excuses [2:37]
5. A Higher Loyalty [7:54]
6. End Credits [:42]
1. Principles Are Excellent Vote-Winners [4:55]
2. More Women Now [9:51]
3. Women Are Different [4:40]
4. Agreement in Principle [4:07]
5. No Takers [4:25]
6. End Credits [:42]
1. Chief Bureaucrat [5:11]
2. An Expert Plan [5:38]
3. Civil Defense [5:58]
4. The Set-Up [4:23]
5. Truth Will Out [8:30]
6. End Credits [:42]
1. Minister Gone Walkabout [6:44]
2. Apprehended [7:20]
3. £40 Million Blunder [3:20]
4. Why Are You So Concerned? [5:53]
5. Full Investigation [6:11]
6. End Credits [:42]
1. Pared to the Bone [4:27]
2. Call From the Scotch Office [7:34]
3. Hideous Web of Corruption [4:47]
4. Dropped in the Moral Dimension [8:14]
5. Attack Is the Best Defense [2:56]
6. End Credits [:42]
Side #4 -- Vol. 4
1. Transport Supremo [7:06]
2. Aperture in the Cranial Cavity [5:05]
3. All on the Same Side? [3:19]
4. Unfortunate Local Repercussions [8:14]
5. High-Cost Nonproposal [4:55]
6. End Credits [:42]
1. Hacker: The Wilderness Years [8:25]
2. Not Our Problem [6:02]
3. Political Engineering [3:38]
4. Are You Happy in the Cabinet? [6:36]
5. The Rhodesia Solution [4:16]
6. End Credits [:44]
1. Football Club in the Red [4:21]
2. What People Ought to Want [7:54]
3. What Do You Want Me to Fix? [3:14]
4. Gobbledygook Means More Money [8:22]
5. Minister Responsible for the Arts [5:20]
6. End Credits [:43]

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Yes Minister: the Complete Collection 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Margaret Thacher said this series gave her a lot of laughs and a lot of lessons! My family LOVED the dry British humor and we too learned a great deal about how democratic goverments work. Even our teenager enjoyed watching it and said it was a great way to learn ''civics'' lessons. (Much better than in a dry classroom setting.) Watch a British politician struggle with family time demands, pressure from special interest groups, and the funny/serious problems when the two overlap! PS There is NO difficulity understanding the English spoken here!!
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Avinash_Dixit More than 1 year ago
This is the best TV sitcom ever. It is intelligent and witty. The picture of politics it gives is realistic, unlike the touchy-feely West Wing. College courses in Political Science and Public Administration schools should be based on it.