5 Classic television...hogwood | 17/12/2007 | See all hogwood's reviews (7)Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister are, in my mind, amongst some of the best and most amusing television comedies ever made. This review is probably superflous as any person searching for this title will be aware of its brillance already.This showcases all that is best about British comedy.For the "uninitiated" the shows chart the rise of Jim Hacker, first as Minister of Administartive Affairs (a fictitious government department which administers the administration of the others-a very good joke in its self) and later as Prime Minister. He is (usually) thwarted by the Civil Service and in particular by Sir Humphrey Appleby. Important issues, such as Nuclear Weapons, Foreign Policy, The Health Service and Employment are treated with refreshing irreverence. The frightening thing is that many of the attidudes are probably not too far from the truth.Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne, two superb character actors, are of a consistantly excellent standard. Their performances rival the brilliance of the script writting. The scripts are razor sharp and highly intelligent. Even two viewings are not enough to catch everything that is going on.For me the best episodes are "The Bishops Gambit" (about attempting to appoint a politically acceptable Bishop) and "The Key" (about Hacker clipping Sir Humphrey's wings by restricting his access to Number 10.) Everybody will have their favourite episodes, but one thing is certain-there are no sub standard ones.If you are even slightly cynical about politics, governments and Civil Servants, or if you have a "funny bone" this box set is an unmissable treat.BUY IT.