If you enjoy British comedies, want a comedy television show with intelligence , not just one-liners or smart aleck children, want to see top-of-the-line actors at their best, then Yes, Minister is for you!
Paul Eddington portrays Jim Hacker, a new cabinet minister – who lacks… should I say… intelligence Somehow Hacker occupies a cabinet office, and he seems… quite befuddled. Eddington is fantastic in this role. He is very credible as the cabinet minister who really doesn’t seem to know what is going on, or what is expected of him.
As wonderful as many of the actors are in Yes, Minister, the true stand-out performance (for me) is by Nigel Hawthorne – as Sir Humphrey Appleby. Hawthorne plays the aide of the minister, who happens to be more savvy, smarter, and informed than the minister. He is also a schemer and a conniver and no one can do “it” like Hawthorne! Hawthorne brings a level of aristocracy that is perhaps even more upper-crust than the queen herself!
My husband and I watched this BBC series alone, and then again with our adult children. Obviously, we enjoyed it or we wouldn’t have watched it twice! (And, we plan to watch it again.) Both our son and daughter have shared the Yes, Minister shows with their friends. Well, at least those of them who enjoy intelligent comedy shows!
While this is not a mystery series, it is terrific British fun! I strongly recommend Yes, Minister. I also recommend its sequel: Yes, Prime Minister
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