Yes Minister

Series 1 - 1. Open Government

Open Government
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Here’s a nice little treat – a curtain raiser for Gold’s updated Yes, Prime Minister, which starts later this month with David Haig as hapless PM Jim Hacker and Henry Goodman as his handler, Sir Humphrey Appleby.

Haig and Goodman have big shoes to fill, something that’s obvious from the start in this first episode of the original Yes Minister from 1980.
Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne, in one of the great sitcom partnerships of all time, are wonderful as the politely warring duo of Hacker and Sir Humphrey. It’s easy to see why the series routinely tops “best” comedy polls. It was sublimely clever and beautifully funny.

About this programme

1/7. Jim Hacker settles into his new job as Minister for Administrative Affairs, ably assisted - and hindered - by civil servants Bernard Woolley and Sir Humphrey Appleby. First-ever episode of the comedy, starring Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds.

Cast and crew


Jim Hacker
Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby
Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley
Derek Fowlds
Sir Arnold Robinson
John Nettleton
Vic Gould
Edward Jewsbury
Annie Hacker
Diana Hoddinott
Frank Weisel
Neil Fitzwilliam
Norman Mitchell
Nigel Lloyd-Pritchard
David Moran
Radio reporter
Fraser Kerr


Stuart Allen
Antony Jay
Jonathan Lynn