Yes Minister

Season 3 Episode 8

Short Episode

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 04, 1984 on BBC Two



  • Trivia

    • Its interesting to note, that Thatcher, a big fan of the series, was playing alongside two gay men, (of which she probably wasn't aware) who would not have been too keen on her due to her percieved to be anti gay policies. This was later commented by countdown shows to be a very painful to watch sketch.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • This was not an episode of "Yes, Minister", and not intended to be. It was a publicity stunt devised to show off Margaret Thatcher's non-existent abilities as a comedy writer and to demonstrate her colossal ego. Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne (politically far more liberal than Thatcher) both initially refused to take part, but, in the words of series co-creator Jonathan Lynn, "they both bottled out." It was filmed, not for broadcasting on its own, but for a newscast.

    • This short episode lasts only 4 minutes.

    • Short special part of The Funny Side Of Christmas

    • This was the last TV episode of Yes Minister to be produced for nearly two years. During this gap sixteen episodes of Yes Minister were re-recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 4, with all the principal cast reprising their roles. There were two series consisting of eight episodes each. These series aired from 18 October to 7 December 1983 and 8 October to 27 November 1984 respectively.

  • Allusions