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Month-long TV Meme - Day #24 -  Best quote.

When nicis_anatomy started to post this meme last month, I promised her that I would do it in June. So I am keeping my promise. From seeing Nici's posts last month, I know several of my answers will be the same as hers.

Day 01 - A show that should have never been cancelled.
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching.
Day 03 - Your favourite new show (aired this TV season).
Day 04 - Your favourite show ever.
Day 05 - A show you hate.
Day 06 - Favourite episode of your favourite TV show.
Day 07 - Least favourite episode of your favourite TV show.
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch.
Day 09 - Best scene ever.
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving.

Day 11 - A show that disappointed you.
Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than five times.
Day 13 - Favourite childhood show.
Day 14 - Favourite male character.
Day 15 - Favourite female character.
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show.
Day 17 - Favourite mini series.
Day 18 - Favourite title sequence.
Day 19 - Best TV show cast.

Day 20 - Favourite kiss.
Day 21 - Favourite ship.
Day 22 - Favourite series finale.
Day 23 - Most annoying character.
Day 24 - Best quote.
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new).
Day 26 - OMG WTF? season finale.
Day 27 - Best pilot episode.
Day 28 - First TV show obsession.
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession.
Day 30 - Saddest character death.

Day 24 - Best quote.

How can you pick one quote from things you watch? It's not easy.

I knew the show I wanted to use, as it's one of my favourite shows ever, but not the exact quote, as it's a show from which J and I quote a lot. Thus, it wasn't overly surprising when J was the one to come up with a quote I decided to use - and unasked for, it just fell into our day-to-day conversation.

It's from the wonderful series Yes, Prime Minister from Season 2, Episode 1: 'Man Overboard'. Strictly speaking, it's a teeny bit of dialogue as Humphrey and Jim are involved, but it's just so good, and so fitting for me personally, I had to use it. And it comes from the show, so it's a quote, right?

Sir Humphrey: "Prime Minister, you're not being indecisive, are you?"
Jim Hacker: "No, no! No, I just can't make up my mind."

Yes, Prime Minister and it's forerunner Yes, Minister are series I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone. They are a satirical look at our political system. The humour is tremendous, but I guess it wouldn't appeal to everyone, you need to enjoy that kind of more humour to appreciate it. I'm also not totally sure how it would work to non-native Brits. Thus if there are any non-native Brits on my flist who have watched it, I'd love to hear what you thought of it.

Cribbing directly from Wiki: Set principally in the private office of a British government cabinet minister in the (fictional) Department for Administrative Affairs in Whitehall (the sequel was set in the Prime Minister's offices at 10 Downing Street), the series follows the senior ministerial career of The Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP, played by Paul Eddington. His various struggles to formulate and enact legislation or effect departmental changes are opposed by the will of the British Civil Service, in particular his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, played by Nigel Hawthorne. His Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, played by Derek Fowlds, is usually caught between the two. Almost every episode ends with the line "Yes, Minister" (or "Yes, Prime Minister"), uttered (usually) by Sir Humphrey as he relishes his victory over his "political master" or acknowledges defeat—and, more rarely, to acknowledge a joint victory.

One of the best things about the series are the long, convoluted speeches Sir Humphrey comes out with, pretty much in any and all situations. Speeches that you think 'I'm going to get it all this time' and then still get lost.

The other and even more important thing are the characters. Jim, Humphrey and Bernard are a superb cast who interact so well together, play off one another, again there's no 'I'm a more well-know actor than you', type of thing; they are great. And the supporting cast, be it those who appear several times or just once are also all excellent.

It's a series we've watched many times and one we'll watch many more times.

Yes, Prime Minister on Wiki

Yes, Prime Minister on the BBC
Tags: !memes/quizes, tv show: yes prime minister, tv: 30 day meme, tv: general
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