Yes Minister is top
10:17am Monday 11th December 2006 in Leisure
MPs have voted for their greatest political comedy of all time - Yes Minister.
The BBC series - featuring the Administrative Affairs Minister played by Paul Eddington, trying to assert his will against the strength of his Permanent Secretary, played by Nigel Hawthorne - took the top slot despite being 26 years old.
ITV's Spitting Image, famous for its bullying, fascist tyrant puppet of Margaret Thatcher, bumbling Ronald Reagan and all-grey John Major, came second.
Channel 4 show Bremner, Bird and Fortune, still on air eight years after it was first broadcast, came third.
The countdown of greatest political comedies from the last 50 years is presented by unlikely duo Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy on More4 tonight.
Parliament voted for Drop the Dead Donkey and Have I Got News For You, both lampooning some of the political stories of the day, in fourth and fifth place.
BBC smash hit Little Britain, whose political characters include the Prime Minister and his smitten gay aide Sebastian Love, is sixth.
That Was The Week That Was, The New Statesman - featuring Alan B'Stard - Not the Nine O'Clock News, which was transmitted on BBC2 at the same time as the main news on BBC1, and Dead Ringers, which began life on Radio 4, are also in the top ten.
:: The 30 Greatest Political Comedies is broadcast tonight at 9pm on Channel 4's digital sister station More4.
:: The 30 Greatest Political Comedies 1. Yes Minister - BBC, 1980 - 1984 2. Spitting Image - ITV, 1984 - 1996 3. Bremner, Bird and Fortune - Channel 4, 1998 - 2006 4. Have I Got News For You - BBC, 1990 to present 5. Drop The Dead Donkey - Channel 4, 1990 -1998 6. Little Britain - BBC, 2003 to present 7. That Was The Week That Was - BBC, 1962 - 1963 8. The New Statesman - ITV, 1987 - 1992 9. Not The Nine O'Clock News - BBC, 1979 - 1982 10. Dead Ringers - BBC, 2002 to present 11. Da Ali G Show - Channel 4, 2000 - 2003 12. Comic Strip Presents: The Strike - Channel 4, 1988 13. Absolute Power - BBC, 2003-05 14. The Best of Yarwood - BBC, 1978 15. The Thick of It - BBC, 2005 - present 16. Brass Eye - Channel 4, 1997 - 2001 17. Till Death Us Do Part - BBC, 1965 - 1975 18. Monty Python's Flying Circus - BBC, 1970 19. Tory Boy: Harry Enfield and Chums - BBC 1994-97 20. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Global Edition) - More4, 2005 - present 21. Alexei Sayle's Stuff - BBC, 1988 - 1991 22. Double Take - BC, 2002 - 2004 23. A Very Social Secretary - More4/Channel 4, 2005 24. Jeffrey Archer: The Truth - BBC, 2002 25. Don't Watch That, Watch This - BBC, 2005 - present 26. Crossing the Floor - BBC, 1996 27. Michael Moore's TV Nation - BBC, 1994-95 28. Norman Ormal: A Very Political Turtle - BBC, 1998 29. The Day Today - BBC, 1994 30. The Mark Thomas Comedy Product - Channel 4, 1996 - 2002