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Armando Ianucci  Advocates...
Yes Minister

"Yes Minister made the driest subject possible - the minutiae of politics - into sparkling comedy".

"No sitcom has been so thoroughly researched - it used real Whitehall insider moles to spill the beans - and meant that (unlike Richard Curtis, for example) the writers were considered a threat to national security"!

"Yes Minister was more than a sitcom, it was a crash course in Contemporary Political Studies - it opened the lid on the way the Government really operated".

"It remains the most quintessentially British of the British sitcoms - understatement, embarrassment, Masonic secrecy and respect for the rules all in evidence".

"It had the only sitcom title sequence - drawn by Gerald Scarfe - that was a genuine work of art".

"And, perhaps above all else, it is the lasting legacy of two of our greatest actors: Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne".

About the Advocate
Armando Ianucci is a comedian, television and radio producer and writer, best known for his work with Steve Coogan.
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What You Think

The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:

There are many reasons why this is simply the best sitcom of all time, but one of them is that with each new era ‘Yes Minister/Prime Minister’ seems more relevant than it ever was. It would also be interesting to find out if British people still base their perceptions of real-life politicians on these fictional templates.
- Liam, Britain

Not even Fawlty Towers is still as relevant today as YM !
- David P., England

Yes Minister is as funny as the rest, but it stands out because it teaches you a lot about an actual situation rather than one that springs from the mind of a writer. It actually makes you understand politics and the civil service - as far as a mortal being can.
- Wim H., Netherlands

Yes Minister is an absolute classic and a real jewel in the long list of great BBC comedy programmes. The element of reality gives it an edge that the other series simply cannot deliver.
- Michael, Hong Kong

Yes Minister is brilliant: beautifully written and wonderfully acted by an outstanding cast. It tells the truth about the fundamental dishonesty of politicians and the "Establishment". And it is very very funny! A great sitcom but not quite up to the standard of Fawlty Towers.
- Steve K., UK

Unsurpassed,intelligent,dry,hilarious. Bring it back. Current comedy is drivel for 9 year olds !!
- Linda K., Scotland

Though it is recognised by officials that it is the best sitcom, it has not been officialy elected or it would have been officialy recorded by the officials, so while many officials officialy know that is unofficialy the best without our votes, the officials cannot officialy record that it is officialy the best. But it is and it should be.
- Andrew, England

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