Saturday, June 19, 2004

Illis Quorum Meruere Labores

Another credit to British Comedy

Not new news, but there is a fantastic political comedy that BBC developed in the early 80s by the name of "Yes, Minister" (the first three seasons) and "Yes, Prime Minister" (the last two seasons). Very apt, witty, entertaining and intelligent, I highly recommend it. It has won all sorts of awards, and I've never met anyone who, having tried it, didn't enjoy it.

The BBC site for the show
A very complete look at the show, has episode guides, video clips, stills, reviews, etc.

London Newspapers

London has more newspapers, of higher quality, than any other city on Earth. The most prominent (Guardian, Times, Financial Times, Daily Telegraph) are better publications, with better, more insightful journalism, than any daily newspaper in this country.

In one of the episodes of Yes, Prime Minister, the main character is speaking to two members of his staff.

Jim Hacker: "Don't tell me about the press. I know exactly who reads the papers:
- The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country;
- The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country;
- The Times is read by people who actually do run the country;
- The Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country;
- The Financial Times is read by people who own the country;
- The Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country;
- And the Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is."
Sir Humphrey: "Prime Minister, what about the people who read the Sun?"
Bernard Woolley: "Sun readers don't care who runs the country, as long as she's got big tits."

As I said, an amazing show.


At 10:23 AM, [REDACTED] said...

(I don't recall ever telling blogger my name, so this is a little disturbing that it just seems to know who I am.) Regardless-- I will back Rahul up on the comments on "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister". The shows are more reminiscent of stage comedy than American shows ever dream of being. Whereas this is often true of British comedy, these two shows do stage comedy particularly well. The individual stories are neat and tidy; each half an hour spot is its own story. Overarching story arcs are nice, but I think we may take it too far too often. The change of pace these shows provide is refreshing. And if there are plot devices that might get old for a British audience, they are also refreshingly new to my sore eyes. The subject matter is the best part, though, as everyone loves to make fun of both government and, especially, bureaucracy.


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