Yes Minister was a TV series running on the BBC between 1980 and 1988, set in the fictional “Department of Administrative Affairs” and nominally run by the Minister Jim Hacker. In reality, of course, it and the Minister were run by the senior civil servants in the Department, namely the Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby. Sir Humphrey had his own agenda and Hacker was forever trying to find ways of fighting a way through Sir Humphrey’s ever “helpful” input.

The programme was said to be Margaret Thatcher’s favourite TV show. The radio shows are selected adaptations of the TV originals.

Two series were made for radio, periodically available to stream on BBC iPlayer.