This is a list of
and Yes Minister 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 ]
# Title Broadcast Synopsis 1 " Open Government" 25 February 1980 The 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 1980 Jim 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 1980 Hacker plans to slim down the civil service — but Sir Humphrey forces him to set a personal example. 4 " Big Brother" 17 March 1980 Sir Humphrey drags his feet over a new National Integrated Database. 5 " The Writing on the Wall" 24 March 1980 The threat of the abolition of the DAA forces Hacker and Sir Humphrey to work together. 6 " The Right to Know" 31 March 1980 A threatened badger colony demonstrates that Sir Humphrey must be selective in what he tells his Minister. 7 " Jobs for the Boys" 7 April 1980 Hacker is kept in the dark over a doomed building project, and discovers that it takes two to quango. Series Two (1981) [edit ]
# Title Broadcast Synopsis 1 " The Compassionate Society" 23 February 1981 Hacker 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 1981 Hacker plans to withhold honours for civil servants who do not reduce their budgets. 3 " The Death List" 9 March 1981 The Minister is forced to re-appraise his views on bugging and phone tapping after a death threat. 4 " The Greasy Pole" 16 March 1981 Plans for a new chemical factory hinge on the outcome of a so-called "independent" report. 5 " The Devil You Know" 23 March 1981 A 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 1981 Hacker 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 1981 Hacker and Sir Humphrey are tested by a Select Committee on their commitment to ridding wasted government expenditure. Series Three (1982) [edit ]
# Title Broadcast Synopsis 1 " Equal Opportunities" 11 November 1982 Sir Humphrey doesn't see eye to eye with the Minister's plan for sexual equality. 2 " The Challenge" 18 November 1982 Fallout shelters upset Hacker's crusade to make local authorities responsible for their expenditure. 3 " The Skeleton in the Cupboard" 25 November 1982 Details of a 1950s defence contract are about to be made public — and Sir Humphrey seems unaccountably nervous. 4 " The Moral Dimension" 2 December 1982 After signing a huge export order in Qumran, Hacker is upset to discover it was obtained through bribery. 5 " The Bed of Nails" 9 December 1982 Hacker is made Transport Supremo — and soon wonders if it is a title worth having. 6 " The Whisky Priest" 16 December 1982 Hacker 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 1982 Sir 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.
# Title Broadcast Synopsis - Untitled 27 December 1982 Sir 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 ]
# Title Broadcast Synopsis – " Party Games" 17 December 1984 The 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 ]
# Title Broadcast Synopsis 1 " The Grand Design" 9 January 1986 With 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 1986 Hacker is groomed for his first television broadcast as PM, but Sir Humphrey is more concerned with the content. 3 " The Smoke Screen" 23 January 1986 Hacker uses his Health Minister's plan to eliminate smoking as a bluff against the Treasury. 4 " The Key" 30 January 1986 The 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 1986 Sir 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 1986 Hacker has difficulty discovering if the Foreign Office is there to carry out government policy or vice versa. 7 " The Bishop's Gambit" 20 February 1986 A troubled British nurse in Qumran and a vacant bishopric combine to provide an opportunity for Sir Humphrey. 8 " One of Us" 27 February 1986 The 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 ]
# Title Broadcast Synopsis 1 " Man Overboard" 3 December 1987 Sir Humphrey fights the Employment Secretary's plan to relocate service personnel by casting doubt over the Minister's loyalty. 2 " Official Secrets" 10 December 1987 Hacker attempts to suppress an unflattering chapter of his predecessor's memoirs that has been leaked to the press. 3 " A Diplomatic Incident" 17 December 1987 The 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 1988 Sir 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 1988 Hacker'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 1988 When the Department of Education and Science stands in the way of reform, Hacker decides to abolish it. 8 " The Tangled Web" 28 January 1988 When 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 ] [2 ]
# Title Broadcast Synopsis 1 "Crisis at the Summit" 15 January 2013 Jim Hacker's premiership is falling apart when a saviour appears - Kumranistan! 2 "The Poisoned Chalice" 22 January 2013 Jim holds a dinner to welcome the Kumranistan Foreign Secretary. 3 "Gentlemen's Agreement" 29 January 2013 Humphrey's pro-Euro scheme has been stymied. But then some expenses claims are revealed. 4 "A Diplomatic Dilemma" 5 February 2013 Desperate to secure the Kumranistan loan agreement, Jim must provide some unusual sexual arrangements. 5 "Scot Free" 12 February 2013 Another crisis looms for Jim Hacker when a coalition partner threatens to jump ship. 6 "A Tsar Is Born" 19 February 2013 Jim's efforts to appease the Kumranistan Foreign Secretary have failed. But then, Sir Humphrey has a plan. References [edit ] External links [edit ]