25 February 2010

30th anniversary of 'Yes Minister' - and a top tip for public speakers

Thirty years ago today, the BBC broadcast the first programme in its brilliant Yes Minister (later Yes Prime Minister) comedy series. Not only was it Mrs Thatcher's favourite programme, but one of its authors (Antony Jay) was also one of her speechwriters.

To celebrate the anniversary, here's a clip showing Mr Hacker marking another anniversary - with the wrong speech and an important reminder for all public speakers.

More topically, as today's politicians from Obama to all our current British party leaders keep banging on about change, the environment, conservation, pollution, etc. it's fascinating to see that the Rt. Hon. James Hacker had beaten them all to the post - 30 years ago!


Brian Jenner said...


Max Atkinson said...

Glad you liked it - should have mentioned that there was a top tip there for speechwriters too!

Cordelia said...

Lovely stuff. Hope our politicians see it and their speechwriters too. Good tip for any speaker who thinks they can pull out the same old speech. (And what acting from Paul Eddington!)

keith davis said...

Hi Max
Forgot how good the series was.

Shows how you can use a few good lines to cover lots of ocassions.

What's todays tip? Always look in your inside pocket.