I see lots of comedians today thinking they are being cutting edge about politics but Yes Minister is in a class of it's own. Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds are all brilliant. I've seen series 1, which was a bit patchy and series 2, which was an improvement. I imagine it's actually a good representation of ministers and civil servants.
I think it was a very accurate portrayal, it did in the 1980s what 'The Thick of it' has done in more recent times. But I always thought that Nigel Hawthorne was a particularly brilliant actor in whatever he appeared.
I must confess to these series having largely passed me by, with me only really catching the odd bit here and there and clips. From what I've seen I've usually giggled at. I am quite impressed by Derek Fowlds's diversity as a performer - this, Minder, Heartbeat and Basil Brush. He recently appeared at this event in the UK:
I remember watching seeing this on TV when I was a kid and thinking what a load of shyte. Fast forward 20 years and I think it is one of the best things I have ever watched, own the box set and always hits the spot.
In a class of its own and well worth a watch if you have never seen it.
I can remember enjoying watching Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister, on TV, in the 1980's, the three main parts, were very well cast.
I must confess, though, that Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister, are sitcoms, that I never thought of buying on DVD, but I did once, enter a competition, where there were three prizes (for three different winners), all DVD Box Sets, of classic sitcoms, and Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister, was one of the prizes, I won the Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister DVD Box Set.