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Yes, Prime Minister

S2-E5 Power to the People

S2-E5 Power to the People



An episode of Yes, Prime Minister that reminds us what a high-minded show it could be. In Power to the People, the most establishment of sitcoms lights a comic touchpaper under… the Establishment.

In doing so, a surprising amount of the script is given over to long speeches about the structural failings of local democracy and the merits of centralised government versus localism. You don’t get that on Mrs Brown’s Boys.

And there are laughs, too: watch how Nigel Hawthorne as Sir Humphrey is reduced to a floundering wreck by a council leader (nicely underplayed by Gwen Taylor) visiting his office. And enjoy his paean to the British way: “The opera, Radio 3, the countryside, the law, the universities – both of them…”


Jim feels local government isn't really representative, so is eager to hear more about proposals to reform the system. Sir Humphrey fears this would lead to the civil service losing its power and turns to an unlikely ally to help persuade the prime minister to think again. Political comedy first broadcast in 1988, starring Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne.

Cast & Crew

Jim Hacker Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley Derek Fowlds
Professor Marriott Jonathan Adams
Secretary Miranda Forbes
Annie Hacker Diana Hoddinott
Sir Arnold Robinson John Nettleton
Dorothy Wainwright Deborah Norton
Agnes Moorhouse Gwen Taylor
Director Sydney Lotterby
Producer Sydney Lotterby
Writer Antony Jay
Writer Jonathan Lynn
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