Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection Audible Audiobook – Original recording
For the first time in one audio collection, all 16 Yes Minister radio episodes plus six further TV episodes, 14 Yes Prime Minister episodes and two bonus sketches.
Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing. Presented here, for the first time in one collection, are the complete radio series of Yes Minister and the complete BBC television soundtracks of Yes Prime Minister. Also included are six TV soundtracks of Yes Minister and two special bonus mini-episodes: "The PM’s Plan", recorded in 1984 with Margaret Thatcher as herself, and a special segment created for "The Funny Side of Christmas" in 1982.
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|Listening Length||18 hours and 28 minutes|
|Author||Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn|
|Narrator||Paul Eddington, full cast, Nigel Hawthorn|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||28 July 2014|
|Publisher||BBC Worldwide Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 2,176 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister are very perceptive satire and perhaps political philosophy. Thirty years later, there's still relevance even if politics (and the world) have gotten much more cynical. While great television, very little, if anything, is lost listening to the audio. Some of the recordings are audios from the television, others are specialized BBC radio broadcasts. The latter are probably just a little better for listening as they add the odd extra word or description for the visual cue from the television.
The packaging of this and other large CD sets as a bunch of CDs held in place by a rod and no other description is an unfortunate trend. However, this series does include on the first CD a PDF document you can print for details on each disk. This is helpful.
There are a couple of oddities about how the episodes are allocated to different disks - like one CD only has one episode for some reason. But everything seems good and I love listening to it.