Jim Hacker, former shadow minister, becomes a new minister for Department of Administrative Affairs. It isn’t his dream job, and to be honest no one would dream of a job like that, but it’s better to be in the government than to be just a Member of Parliament. At least that what Jim Hacker thought until he hit the wall. No, not literally wall, just the reality of being minister was far from what he expected. The permanent secretary attached to DAA is Sir Humphrey Appleby, a veteran civil servant, who saw and heard everything and lived through many ministers before. Jim Hacker’s initial enthusiasm to make a change in politics soon clashes with Sir Humphrey’s plans, which are same as every other civil servant - politicians should not get involved into government, because they are not qualified to do anything. That’s why Humphrey and other senior civil servants wants politicians to leave everything to them.
Classic British comedy series that shows twisted view on British politics, but it is so well written that will make you think like it was based on true events. Why? Because many things you will see and hear in Yes Minister actually will remind you about things and events that take place even now in politics - same official excuses, same political inability to take care of things, same chaotic preparations for elections or cabinet reshuffle. A great show that even 40 years after premiere still makes you think... and laugh.
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