Yes Minister

Season 3 Episode 2

The Challenge

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 18, 1982 on BBC Two



  • Notes

    • The aggressively left-wing and outspoken "Ben Stanley" is clearly a parody of one of Britain's best-known political figures of the era (and subsequently), Ken Livingstone. The latter was, as leader of the Greater London Council, a thorn in the side of the Thatcher government for many years and the object of much execration in the right-wing press. He was equally unpopular in the Labour Party, whose official line he often opposed; but he still became first directly-elected Mayor of London and held the post for many years.