Edward Taylor

The Men From The Ministry 2
  • The Men From The Ministry 2

  • More classic comedy from the days when the Civil Service had a sense of humour. The Men from the Ministry were the hilarious radio forerunners of TV's Yes Minister, bungling bureaucrats who bungled for fifteen glorious years from 1962 to 1977. Muddling through were Wilfrid Hyde White, as the first head of the ubiquitous General Assistance Department, and the imperturbable Deryck Guyler, who followed him in 1966. Richard Murdoch was their faithfully incompetent Number Two. Together they created absolute chaos - and an enduring and influential Whitehall spoof. Their potty exploits remain - in the inimitable words of the BBC announcer -'a tribute to the men of our Government service, those men who are sometimes compared to tea bags: they always stick together when they get into hot water.'

John Graham was an actor and writer who penned many radio dramas and comedies for the BBC including The Men from the Ministry, which he co-wrote with Edward Taylor. The show was extremely popular, and ran for 14 series between 1962 and 1977. The duo also scripted a stage play, Pardon Me, Prime Minister.

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