The Yes Minister Miscellany

The Yes Minister Miscellany

by Anthony Jay, Jonathan Lynn


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A collection of the funniest sketches, anecdotes, interviews, character and actor profiles, and personal recollections from the enduringly timeless BBC comedy series Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister, in one perfect volume.

Jonathan Lynn is a director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and novelist.

Sir Antony Jay is a writer, broadcaster, and producer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849540643
Publisher: Biteback Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 07/19/2011
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Yes Minister trivia 8

Sir Humphrey's 'big speeches' 14

Bernard's pedantry 23

The Thatcher script 27

How to be a civil servant 31

The humility of Sir Humphrey Appleby 41

Translating Civil Service speak 42

Like a sieve 45

How to discredit a report 46

How to stall a minister 47

A foreign affair 48

Diplomatic manoeuvres 53

Our European'partners' 54

Excuses, excuses 56

We don't do God 57

Dear Ladies 59

Blessed be the Prime Minister 61

Defence of the realm 64

Shuffling the pack 68

Official secrets 70

Damned lies and statistics 73

Doing the honours 74

Spinning like a top 76

The fourth estate 78

Stating the obvious 80

All politics is local 83

Scare of health 85

The art of the possible 87

Ministers decide 89

Of the people, for the people 94

Rules of the game 97

No, Prime Minister 99

Obituaries 103

Cast 115

Production team 116

Episodes 116

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