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Book Title: The Complete Yes Prime Minister|
The author of the book: Jonathan Lynn
ISBN 13: 9780563207733
Edition: BBC Books
Date of issue: June 1st 1989
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When the Yes Minister series was being aired on television, I was too young to appreciate the subtle nature of its humour, and I admit that I found it dreadfully boring. Now, many years later, reading this book made me realise just what I had missed. (I still have not seen the television series)
Biting sarcasm, sparkling wit, and completely believable scenarios make this book worth its weight in gold. Humphrey is annoying in the way one would imagine a civil servant to be, Bernard is relentlessly pedantic, and poor old Jim Hacker is completely lost, though he does manage to wrangle a few victories from the civil service. Together, the three of them attempt to govern the entire country, or at least prevent it from descending into anarchy. The consequences are hilarious, as the following quotes reveal (as I remember them , probably the exact wording would be different)
-"The Prime Minister is trying to govern the country, Bernard. He must be stopped").
-"Democracy gives a lot of people the power to stop things from happening, but almost no one knows how to make anything happen"
-"But Prime Minister, you can't grasp the nettle if you take the bull by both horns. I mean, you would'nt have a hand free"
-"In Qumran, women get stoned when they commit adultery. Unlike in Britain, where they commit adultery when they get stoned"
-"Bishops in England live unusually long lives.Probably due to the fact that God is not too keen to have them around either"
In short, this series, in my opinion, represents the pinnacle of British humour, and is a must watch for anyone who has enjoyed British gems like P.G. Wodehouse, or swears by Monty Python, or fondly recalls Fawlty Towers
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Read information about the authorJonathan Lynn has directed 10 feature films including the cult classic Clue (he also wrote the screenplay), Nuns on the Run (also written by Mr Lynn), My Cousin Vinny, The Distinguished Gentleman, Sgt. Bilko, Greedy, Trial And Error, The Whole Nine Yards, The Fighting Temptations and most recently, Wild Target. His first produced screenplay was The Internecine Project (1974).
For television, Jonathan’s writing credits include dozens of episodes of various comedy series but he is best known for the phenomenally successful, multi-award-winning BBC series Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, co-written and created with Antony Jay.
Jonathan authored the bestselling books The Complete Yes, Minister and The Complete Yes, Prime Minister, which cumulatively sold more than a million copies in hardback and have been translated into numerous languages and are still in print nearly 30 years later; Mayday (1993, revised 2001) and his latest book Comedy Rules (Faber and Faber), which also received rave reviews.
Jonathan made his first professional appearance on Broadway in the revue Cambridge Circus, and his television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, live with 70 million viewers, both at the age of 21. Jonathan’s West End theater debut, aged 23, was as an actor in the role of Motel the Tailor in the original London cast of Fiddler on the Roof. His subsequent London directing credits include: The Glass Menagerie; Songbook (Best Musical, Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award); Anna Christie (RSC, Stratford and the Donmar); Joe Orton's Loot; Pass The Butler by Eric Idle, Shaw’s Arms And The Man and The Gingerbread Man (Old Vic). At the National Theatre, he directed A Little Hotel on the Side by Georges Feydeau and Three Men on A Horse (Olivier Award, Best Comedy). As Artistic Director of the Cambridge Theatre Company, he directed 20 productions, producing 20 others, 9 of which transferred to the West End.
His numerous awards include the BAFTA Writers Award, Writers Guild (twice), Broadcasting Press Guild (twice), NAACP Image Award, Environmental Media Award, Ace Award –Best Comedy Series on US cable, and a Special award from the Campaign For Freedom of Information.
Lynn received an MA in Law from Cambridge University and now lives in New York, describing himself as a recovering lawyer.
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