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Yes Prime Minister, Volume I

Yes Prime Minister: The Diaries of the Right Hon. James Hacker, Volume I ed. Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay (BBC, 1986) A droll reworking (by the same writers) of the television series broadcast earlier that year. The machinations and absurdities of government are exposed with an equivalent cleverness but the humour is necessarily diminished, coming across in commonplace echoes of…

A Very Courageous Decision

A Very Courageous Decision: The Inside Story of Yes Minister by Graham McCann (Aurum, 2014) A comprehensively researched and well-written history of the peerless television comedy Yes Minister (and Yes Prime Minister), from its real-life political grounding and inspirations to its creation, scripting, performance, reception and legacy. McCann mixes critical analysis with behind-the-scenes interviews and extensive excerpts.