List of Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister episodes

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This is a list of Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister episodes.

Thirty-eight episodes were made in total, running from 1980 to 1988. This includes a one-hour special that aired in 1984. All other episodes were a half-hour in length. The dates listed are when a particular episode was first transmitted on the BBC.

Yes Minister[edit]

Series One (1980)[edit]

#TitleBroadcastSynopsis
1"Open Government"25 February 1980The new Minister's idealistic commitment to open the windows of his department faces its first hurdle: Sir Humphrey and the Civil Service.
2"The Official Visit"3 March 1980Jim Hacker welcomes the visit of the new President of Buranda, an old university chum who has his own agenda.
3"The Economy Drive"10 March 1980Hacker plans to slim down the civil service — but Sir Humphrey forces him to set a personal example.
4"Big Brother"17 March 1980Sir Humphrey drags his feet over a new National Integrated Database.
5"The Writing on the Wall"24 March 1980The threat of the abolition of the DAA forces Hacker and Sir Humphrey to work together.
6"The Right to Know"31 March 1980A threatened badger colony demonstrates that Sir Humphrey must be selective in what he tells his Minister.
7"Jobs for the Boys"7 April 1980Hacker is kept in the dark over a doomed building project, and discovers that it takes two to quango.

Series Two (1981)[edit]

#TitleBroadcastSynopsis
1"The Compassionate Society"23 February 1981Hacker is concerned about a brand new, fully staffed hospital that has no patients. He learns, however, just how powerful the unions are.
2"Doing the Honours"2 March 1981Hacker plans to withhold honours for civil servants who do not reduce their budgets.
3"The Death List"9 March 1981The Minister is forced to re-appraise his views on bugging and phone tapping after a death threat.
4"The Greasy Pole"16 March 1981Plans for a new chemical factory hinge on the outcome of a so-called "independent" report.
5"The Devil You Know"23 March 1981A Cabinet reshuffle coincides with a vacancy in Brussels. Hacker wonders whom the PM has in mind to fill it.
6"The Quality of Life"30 March 1981Hacker vows to keep open a city farm that Sir Humphrey has enabled to be bulldozed to make way for a car park for inland revenue inspectors.
7"A Question of Loyalty"6 April 1981Hacker and Sir Humphrey are tested by a Select Committee on their commitment to ridding wasted government expenditure.

Series Three (1982)[edit]

#TitleBroadcastSynopsis
1"Equal Opportunities"11 November 1982Sir Humphrey doesn't see eye to eye with the Minister's plan for sexual equality.
2"The Challenge"18 November 1982Fallout shelters upset Hacker's crusade to make local authorities responsible for their expenditure.
3"The Skeleton in the Cupboard"25 November 1982Details of a 1950s defence contract are about to be made public — and Sir Humphrey seems unaccountably nervous.
4"The Moral Dimension"2 December 1982After signing a huge export order in Qumran, Hacker is upset to discover it was obtained through bribery.
5"The Bed of Nails"9 December 1982Hacker is made Transport Supremo — and soon wonders if it is a title worth having.
6"The Whisky Priest"16 December 1982Hacker faces a moral dilemma when he learns that British bombs are ending up in the hands of Italian terrorists.
7"The Middle-Class Rip-Off"23 December 1982Sir Humphrey is incensed that Hacker plans to subsidise his local football club.

Christmas Sketch (1982)[edit]

A two-minute Christmas-themed sketch, featuring only Eddington, Hawthorne and Fowlds, was aired on BBC One as part of a Christmas special entitled The Funny Side of Christmas.

#TitleBroadcastSynopsis
-Untitled27 December 1982Sir Humphrey has a special end-of-year message for the Minister, delivered in what is even by his standards an especially circumlocutory style. His message was later transcribed and printed in The Utterly Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas Book.

Christmas special (1984)[edit]

#TitleBroadcastSynopsis
"Party Games"17 December 1984The unexpected resignation of the PM prompts a race for the succession, and, as Party Chairman, Hacker is in a key position — and the Civil Service, now headed by Sir Humphrey, has its own agenda. (Special one-hour-long episode.)

Yes, Prime Minister[edit]

Series One (1986)[edit]

#TitleBroadcastSynopsis
1"The Grand Design"9 January 1986With his finger now on the nuclear button, Hacker plans his first act as Prime Minister to be a radical new defence policy.
2"The Ministerial Broadcast"16 January 1986Hacker is groomed for his first television broadcast as PM, but Sir Humphrey is more concerned with the content.
3"The Smoke Screen"23 January 1986Hacker uses his Health Minister's plan to eliminate smoking as a bluff against the Treasury.
4"The Key"30 January 1986The PM decides to clip Sir Humphrey's wings when he engages in a territorial battle with Hacker's political advisor.
5"A Real Partnership"6 February 1986Sir Humphrey has to get through a civil service pay claim while at the same time discrediting its proposer.
6"A Victory for Democracy"13 February 1986Hacker has difficulty discovering if the Foreign Office is there to carry out government policy or vice versa.
7"The Bishop's Gambit"20 February 1986A troubled British nurse in Qumran and a vacant bishopric combine to provide an opportunity for Sir Humphrey.
8"One of Us"27 February 1986The former head of MI5 is revealed to be a spy (despite Sir Humphrey clearing him), while a dog strays on to Salisbury Plain.

Series Two (1987–88)[edit]

#TitleBroadcastSynopsis
1"Man Overboard"3 December 1987Sir Humphrey fights the Employment Secretary's plan to relocate service personnel by casting doubt over the Minister's loyalty.
2"Official Secrets"10 December 1987Hacker attempts to suppress an unflattering chapter of his predecessor's memoirs that has been leaked to the press.
3"A Diplomatic Incident"17 December 1987The death of Hacker's predecessor provides a chance for some negotiations with the French over the Channel Tunnel at his state funeral.
4"A Conflict of Interest"23 December 1987 [1]Hacker can avoid a City scandal if he appoints a Bank of England Governor whose honesty isn't beyond reproach.
5"Power to the People"7 January 1988Sir Humphrey and the leader of Houndsworth Council become strange bedfellows when Hacker tries to reform local government.
6"The Patron of the Arts"14 January 1988Hacker's invitation to the British Theatre Awards dinner becomes a hot potato when the size of the Arts Council grant is revealed.
7"The National Education Service"21 January 1988When the Department of Education and Science stands in the way of reform, Hacker decides to abolish it.
8"The Tangled Web"28 January 1988When Hacker unwittingly lies to the House of Commons he is helped by Sir Humphrey's unfortunate indiscretion.

Yes, Prime Minister (2013 revived series)[edit]

Series One (2013)[edit]

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#TitleBroadcastSynopsis
1"Crisis at the Summit"15 January 2013Jim Hacker's premiership is falling apart when a saviour appears - Kumranistan!
2"The Poisoned Chalice"22 January 2013Jim holds a dinner to welcome the Kumranistan Foreign Secretary.
3"Gentlemen's Agreement"29 January 2013Humphrey's pro-Euro scheme has been stymied. But then some expenses claims are revealed.
4"A Diplomatic Dilemma"5 February 2013Desperate to secure the Kumranistan loan agreement, Jim must provide some unusual sexual arrangements.
5"Scot Free"12 February 2013Another crisis looms for Jim Hacker when a coalition partner threatens to jump ship.
6"A Tsar Is Born"19 February 2013Jim's efforts to appease the Kumranistan Foreign Secretary have failed. But then, Sir Humphrey has a plan.

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