Yes, Minister is set mainly in the office of a British Cabinet minister in the fictional Department of Administrative Affairs in Whitehall. Following the ministerial career of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP, played by Paul Eddington. His various efforts to develop and execute legislation or effect departmental changes are opposed by the British Civil Service, including his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, played by SirNigel Hawthorne. His Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, usually finds himself caught between the two. The sequel, Yes, Prime Minister, continued with the same cast, and followed the events of the premiership of Jim Hacker after his unexpected elevation to Number 10 upon the resignation of the previous Prime Minister.
Yes, Minister is a critically acclaimed TV show, that has received several awards, including several BAFTAs and in 2004 was voted sixth in the Britain’s Best Sitcom poll.