Some of my recent acquisitions were made at the Auburn Public Library. The library had a used book sale with the proceeds going to charity and the prices of the books were just $0.5 to $1. I could hardly resist keeping myself away from it!
It all began with the reading of Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn's superb books Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister. I hadn't laughed so hard in years. And reading pure unadulterated(pun intended) humour devoid of all the vulgarities was such a pleasure. These days, most jokes that you find are not classified as jokes if there isn't a some profanity/vulgarity involved.
And when I discovered the complete DVD collection of all the episodes in the Public Library, I couldn't resist myself from getting those. In the past few days, I have had such a wonderful time watching the satirical series.
I distinctly remember Yes, Prime Minister being aired during the late 80s on Doordarshan. (In fact,it also appeared in Hindi as Ji, Mantriji. This must have spoilt the beauty of the English dialogues. As they say, I guess a lot was lost in translation.) And I also remember that I could hardly understand it. But after watching it now, I know what made people call BBC as the guardian of English!
The terrific portrayal of the Prime Minister Jim Hacker by Paul Eddington, the Cabinet Secy Sir.Humphrey Appleby by Nigel Hawthorne and the inimitable Principal Secy to the Prime Minister Bernard Woolley by Derek Fowlds does justice to the script.
It given hours of pure joy to see how the Civil Servants manipulate and twist the arms of the cabinet ministers including the Prime Minister. It can be said that no other script or sitcom can better Yes, Minister in political satire. If you don't believe that, watch it and see for yourself.