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Yes Minister

Series 1

1. Open Government

Jim Hacker has held onto his seat in the local elections as the country elects a new prime minister. Spending the following day waiting for a phone call for a ministerial position, before eventually landing a role as the Minister for Administrative Affairs. Having stood on a manifesto of "open government", Jim is keen to continue with his pledge though dark forces are at work to ensure his promising ministerial career is cut short with the conniving Sir Humphrey Appleby less than keen on the idea of the general public being made aware of what goes on in government. Jim's first challenge comes when he discovers that a contract has been signed with an American supplier of video display units over a British firm.

2. Big Brother

Jim is facing interview questions about a national database in which his government is accused of laying the foundations of a police state, and to which he has few answers. He also finds that he has been double booked for meetings in both Newcastle and Swansea, while at home he finds that he also has plans for a trip to Paris with his wife for their anniversary. Setting about taking control of his role, Jim looks to amend the legislation surrounding the database though runs up against Humphrey's "creative inertia" where he finds his predecessor Tom, who is now in opposition, struggled with trying to implement the database himself.

3. The Economy Drive

A newspaper article threatens to derail Jim's work as it suggests the government is particularly wasteful with the civil service ballooning in size. With the media pressure playing on his mind and another government minister managing to achieve cuts in their own department, Jim sets about finding ways to "slimline government" though he runs up about Humphrey and the existing operation of government. With no cuts to be found in buildings or staff, Humphrey can only suggest leading by example. Jim sets about getting rid of the luxuries of his role, much to his wife's dismay, while he immediately struggles under the disarray of the office.

4. The Writing on the Wall

Humphrey is still proving resistant to agreeing to whether the civil service is overstaffed and Jim finds that his draft report has been repeatedly been redrafted. Intent on getting his way this time and avoid the civil service "delaying tactics", Jim is advised by Humphrey that he is at grave risk of presenting incorrect facts to parliament while the suggestion of getting rid of the Ministry of Administrative Affairs is floated as an idea by the prime minster looking for revenge. Resorting to having to work together, Jim and Humphrey attempt to come up with a plan on how to save the department from closure.

5. Jobs for the Boys

Sir Humphrey is attempting to prevent Jim from revealing a new government enterprise in partnership with a private organisation known as the Solihull Project in an interview, however is unable to reveal that the organisation may be unable to repay its debts and may be about to go bust. Confiding in Bernard about the situation, Jim is still insistent on revealing his news and discovers that everyone else seems to know there is something wrong with the Solihull Project, but no one is talking. Eventually discovering the secret just as the BBC broadcast is being made, Jim has to make a choice on appointing some key people to head up a quango to save the project.

6. The Right to Know

Jim begins to take charge of running of the department with things going particularly well, much to the dismay of Sir Humphrey who suggests it will cause problems. Suggesting that Bernard sets to work on distracting him with busy work away from the department, Jim finds that he has yet again been left uninformed about a situation relating to badgers and Sir Humphrey has kept facts from him. With Jim irate, he suggests making some changes in the department resulting in Humphrey piling the workload on him while also discovering that his daughter is taking part in a naked protest to prevent the extermination of badgers.

7. Doing the Honours

Jim is being pressured to confirm the honours list as the department is being hounded by potential inclusions, though he is aghast at the idea of so many honours being given to members of the civil service. Taking on an idea from Bernard about linking honours to economising of departments, Humphrey struggles to find any effective arguments against it as Jim attempts to barrel ahead. The situation also looks to affect Humphrey's former university Bailey College which is suffering under the imposing of fees on international students.

8. The Devil You Know

With the European Union imposing certain directives, the situation has Jim and Humphrey discussing their opinion on membership to the political block. The prime minister is also looking into a cabinet reshuffle with Jim being the last to find out about the rumours, with Jim worried that he will be demoted or see his career stagnate. However, Sir Arnold and Sir Humphrey discuss the potential for Jim to become a European Commissioner who eventually discovers the proposal, leaving him to ponder whether he is being eased out or his career has hit a dead end. However, he is unable to shake the thought of the perks of the role.

Series 2

1. The Compassionate Society

Jim is travelling in his chauffeur-driven car where George takes to discussing the current health situation where he is spearheading cutbacks and being challenged about it in parliament. Meanwhile, rumour has it that the fifteen-month-old hospital St. Edwards meanwhile has had no patients with the situation not looking promising. Jim also has to contemplate the prospect of further leaks having emanated from his department as he attempts to find a solution to the hospital situation though he typically runs into the realities of the situation with Sir Humphrey, though Cuban refugees may prove to be the answer.

2. The Greasy Pole

A chemical plant is on the radar for conversion to a manufacturer of propanol though the change poses political problems as rumours abound about dangerous chemicals, particularly since the transfer of a contract from an Italian manufacturer who used a controversial compound resulting in an explosion. Agreeing to the production of a report on the chemical plant, Sir Humphrey discusses the possible suppression of the report should it turn out to be unfavourable and using a more favourable American one.

3. The Skelete in the Cupboard

South Derbyshire council is in potential trouble for failing to return required government paperwork, with Jim having to decide on handling the situation. Doctor Cartwright, a civil service worker in Sir Humphrey's department, however reveals that the council is actually one of the most efficient in the country while Jim is reluctant to take the ultimate option - a court case - as the council is run by his own party. Meanwhile, a news article is about to be published which implicates a thirty year old land deal will cost the tax payer a large sum of money and has Sir Humphrey worried.

4. A Question of Loyalty

Jim has been away from the office for a week in America where he has given a speech. Arriving back, he is expected to attend a select committee and has a heavy workload to be brought up to speed. At the committee, he is cornered by questions based on a book by former civil servant Malcolm Rhodes about waste of tax payer money. Failing to stall the committee sufficiently, Jim is worried that his department looks to be failing to cut spending while he is also taken to task about his protection of the civil service in favour of the government.

5. The Quality of Life

Bank chairman Sir Desmond Glazebrook is in the building talking to Sir Humphrey about his chances of adding an additional six floors to his bank's new building in construction - something which the current government and Jim have been against. Sir Humphrey is tasked with seeing through the proposals in exchange for a promised directorship position once he leaves the civil service while maintaining apparent impartiality in front his minister. Jim meanwhile is looking to boost his public profile by visiting a farm for its first anniversary, though the newspapers are looking for material to use, while a previous political decision regarding the farm comes back to haunt Jim.

6. The Whisky Priest

Jim is visited by army member Major Saunders, who has recently visited Italy and discovered that an advanced computer controlled detonator made in Britain has been sold to terrorists. Setting about finding out what has happened, Humphrey proves to be little use as he attempts to dissuade him from asking too many questions as Jim struggles with his conscience. Jim is headed off by the chief whip before he can get to speak to the prime minister who is keen to stop him before he triggers an inquiry. Jim soon finds himself trapped when he receives a letter from Major Saunders thanking him for listening, leaving Jim having to work out a solution with Sir Humphrey and Bernard.

7. The Death List

Reading the latest edition of Private Eye, Jim discovers that his department is head of surveillance and goes on to realise that he has been under twenty-four hour surveillance himself when he was in opposition. Positioning himself against this gross violation of public freedom, he sets about making it more difficult to conduct surveillance of the public. However, when he finds himself on a death list as the target of terrorists, he is placed under protection though quickly finds his planned vacation ruined.

8. The Moral Dimension

Jim and the civil service are heading out to Arab oil country Kumran to sign a new contract, though despite Humphrey's suggestion they are taking only a few staff, a large contingent is joining them anyway. Arriving, Bernard discovers that the contract was obtained using bribery which Sir Humphrey shows little surprise at with the Financial Times reporting on the news. Jim feels that morally it is wrong, as Sir Humphrey suggests that an investigation into the contract could put jobs at risk.