Yes Minister

Yes Minister is a political satire British sitcom written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn. Split over three seven-episode series, it was first transmitted on BBC Two from 1980 to 1984. A sequel, Yes, Prime Minister, lasted 17 episodes and ran from 1986 to 1988. All but one of the episodes lasted ha…






Bernard Woolley:
[Discussing possible reasons for the Prime Minister's early retirement] Minister, I've heard something quite different.

James Hacker:
What?

Bernard Woolley:
That there is ?1 million worth of diamonds from South Africa in a Downing Street safe, but of course it's only a rumour.

James Hacker:
Is that true?

Bernard Woolley:
Oh, yes.

James Hacker:
So, there ARE all those diamonds in Downing Street!

Bernard Woolley:
Are there?

James Hacker:
You just said there were.

Bernard Woolley:
No, I didn't.

James Hacker:
Yes, you did! You said you'd heard this rumour, I said is it true, you said yes!

Bernard Woolley:
I said yes, it was true that it was a rumour.

James Hacker:
You said you heard it was true!

Bernard Woolley:
No, I said it was true that I heard it!

Annie Hacker:
I'm sorry to cut into this important discussion, but do you believe it?

James Hacker:
I believe I heard it. Oh, about the diamonds. No.

Annie Hacker:
Is it impossible?

James Hacker:
No, but it's never been officially denied. First rule in politics: never believe anything until it's officially denied.

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