The Best Episodes of Yes, Prime Minister

The Key

#1 - The Key 8.88

Season 1 - Episode 4

Office politics take precedence over national issues when Sir Humphrey and Bernard fall out with each other after Jim tries to restrict Sir Humphrey's access to No 10.

The Grand Design

#2 - The Grand Design 8.59

Season 1 - Episode 1

After talking with his military advisers, Jim comes up with the idea of cancelling trident and reintroducing conscription. He also gets what no other Prime Minister has gotten, a cook / housekeeper.

The Ministerial Broadcast

#3 - The Ministerial Broadcast 8.59

Season 1 - Episode 2

Jim is coached in the world of show business as he prepares to address the nation on his defence policy.

One of Us

#4 - One of Us 8.57

Season 1 - Episode 8

Hacker threatens to place Sir Humphrey on leave while a security inquiry looks into why he cleared a confessed Soviet spy many years earlier, so Sir Humphrey retaliates with a dog in distress on Salisbury plain.

A Real Partnership

#5 - A Real Partnership 8.50

Season 1 - Episode 5

Sir Humphrey tries to get his scheduled pay raise even though increases for MPs have been put on hold for budgetary reasons.

The Bishop's Gambit

#6 - The Bishop's Gambit 8.37

Season 1 - Episode 7

Jim has to choose a new bishop but doesn't like either the Church or Sir Humphrey's choices.

A Victory For Democracy

#7 - A Victory For Democracy 8.37

Season 1 - Episode 6

Jim must take action to avert a Marxist takeover of a Commonwealth island nation despite the efforts of the Foreign Office to keep him ignorant.

The Patron of the Arts

#8 - The Patron of the Arts 8.20

Season 2 - Episode 6

Sir Humphrey works against Hacker over the issues of funding the National Theater when the PM asks for help containing criticism from the Theater's director.

The Smoke Screen

#9 - The Smoke Screen 8.16

Season 1 - Episode 3

Jim favors abolishing smoking through heavy taxation but runs into strong opposition from the tobacco lobby and the Treasury department.

Man Overboard

#10 - Man Overboard 8.15

Season 2 - Episode 1

Sir Humphrey makes Jim suspicious of the Minister of Employment when he needs the PM's support in opposing a plan to shift military personnel from the south to the north of England.

Official Secrets

#11 - Official Secrets 8.07

Season 2 - Episode 2

Jim considers approving the publication of his predecessor's memoirs, but it becomes a plumber's nightmare as a series of leaks spring up.

A Diplomatic Incident

#12 - A Diplomatic Incident 8.06

Season 2 - Episode 3

Jim uses the occasion of his predecessor's state funeral to negotiate with the French over the conditions of the channel tunnel.

Power To The People

#13 - Power To The People 8.04

Season 2 - Episode 5

Sir Humphrey makes a very strange ally out of the formidable Agnes Moorhouse, a radical political reformer from a London council, in his efforts to stop Hacker's plans to make local government more democratic.

The Tangled Web

#14 - The Tangled Web 8.04

Season 2 - Episode 8

Sir Humphrey has to decide if he will support the PM or inform Parliament when Hacker denies knowledge of a wiretap authorized by his office without his knowledge.

The National Education Service

#15 - The National Education Service 7.87

Season 2 - Episode 7

Sir Humphrey faces a conflict of interest when Hacker devises a plan to improve educational standards by abolishing the Department of Education and Science.

A Conflict of Interest

#16 - A Conflict of Interest 7.46

Season 2 - Episode 4

Hacker and Sir Humphrey clash over the appointment of the governor of the Bank of England and the cover up of a banking scandal in the City.