The Complete Yes Prime Minister, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Scalpel-sharp in observation, deceptively simple in its frequent best.

Yes Prime Minister exhibits the classical perfection of a Mozart sonata' - Richard Last in The Times. 'Its closely observed portrayal of what goes on in the corridors of power has given me hours of pure joy' - Rt Hon.

Margaret Thatcher MP. 'Yes Prime not only a continuing marvel of editing by Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay but also a collector's must' - John Coldstream in the Daily Telegraph. 'Yes Prime Minister is a comedy in a class of its own' - Celia Brayfield in The Times.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Humour
  • ISBN: 9780563207733



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Amazingly, this is as funny in print as it was on TV.

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The fictional diaries of an amazingly inept politician. YPM was a BBC sitcom from the early 80s, when the profound social changes brought on through Thatcherism had all of England thinking more often about how their government does (and doesn't) work. A bitingly funny indictment of both the Civil Service bureaucracy and empty politicians, it's a funny read. But if you are very familiar with the TV series, you should know that the diaries are essentially a lockstep adaptation of the program scripts. Many were surpised at how successful the series -- which has been described by one of the actors as "three old men talking" -- and its broad appeal is a testament to the talent and the writers.

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My favourite thing about this collection is the framing device, that the authors are the editors of Jim Hacker's diaries. This enables the expansion of the story so that all of the events in the series can be captured. It also lifts it head and shoulders above most other script collections, as it adds details to the characters in the programme, particularly some minor members of the government.The collection shows how wonderfully well written Yes Prime Minister was, and the incredible ability of the actors to say some very complicated lines.

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This book is the ultimate clever-funny political satire. Written as the diary of Cabinet Minister James Hacker and edited by the authors Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay. Nothing wrong with that.. .. Except, they are also the original scriptwriters for the TV series YES MINISTER (which I never saw). With licence, therefore, to write the book from both ends. From this unique point it becomes so inventive and entertaining. It would be interesting to know how the authors gained their insight into the Civil Service “Jobs for the Boys” culture. After very well paid employment for a lifetime, from which they cannot be sacked for incompetence, they spend retirement in one of the many money wasting QUANGOs . This enables “graduates” from certain schools, mostly of very limited ability, to live in luxury at the expense of the hard working, often gifted, majority. Nothing ever changes...............

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