Just read that Derek Fowlds has died. Excellent in Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister. And had one of the best lines in sitcom history when they discussed newspaper readers on Yes Prime Minister.

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Fabulous clip.
RIP Derek Fowlds - a terrific actor & by all accounts, an incredibly nice man.
 
They don’t write ‘em like that anymore
 
This stands up 35 years on. Vale Derek Fowles.
 
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I watch it all top to tail at least once a year. It's theatrically brilliant, and the insights into politics and power are timeless. All three are gone now... they will be missed. pic.twitter.com/f2YltB4jPB
 
 
Almost certainly the best line in all of Yes Minister - possibly all of British sitcom history. One of so many that #derekfowlds delivered perfectly.

Sad to hear of his death. A good knock nonetheless.
 
TV1:llä pyörivässä Sydämen asialla -sarjassa näyttelevällä Derek Fowldsilla oli pätevä repliikki Kyllä, herra ministeri -sarjassa: ”The Sunin lukijat eivät välitä, kuka johtaa maata, kunhan hänellä on isot tissit.”
 
לזכרו של דרק פולדס, קטע נפלא של דיון בעיתונות הבריטית. תענוג.
 
Fowlds’s and Hawthorne’s visible attempts not to laugh in this scene are fantastic.
 
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Love Nigel Hawthorne struggling to control a smile at the end of Hacker's rant.
 
Brilliant writing and delivery. So sad we've lost Derek.
 
 
Comedy has lost a legend 😢
One of the best TV comedy series, so clever & very funny. The clip below is one of my favourites of all time & funnily enough still current.

Basil Brush says "Good Night!" 😢
 
One of the best lines of all time.
 
Classic scene, classic punchline. RIP Derek Fowlds.
 
Hits nail on head. The press still run the country and not for the better.
 
RIP #DerekFowlds (#Bernard).
Hopefully now reunited with the great Nigel Hawthorne (Sir Humphrey) and Paul Eddington (Jim Hacker). Thank you for the laughs (and for learning some fiendishly difficult lines and delivering them impeccably). Mrs Thatcher loved #YesMinister.
 
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Thanks for the laughs.. how true.
 
Sad to think that none of these great actors are with us anymore
 
 
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Immaculate comic timing. A sad loss.
 
 
Still glorious after all these years.
 
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I will always think of him as "Mr. Derek" to Basil Brush.
 
 
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The comic timing in that scene. Off the scale perfect jokes and performance
 
Yes Minister was a TV staple in my house as a kid. RIP Derek Fowlds.
 
Very sad news. Yes Minister was a masterpiece in tight yet colourful script writing and understated delivery. Derek Fowlds was its champion of the dry aside.
 
RIP. But this clip shows how little things have changed in the UK in 40 odd years. What a great show (and to pass the test of time like this!)
 
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The beeb should show this tonight as a tribute. Or the one where Sir Humphrey makes comments about the unemployed on mike and Bernard has the tape. Or the one where BW has the key between no 10 and no11. Or the one where BW finds out Sir Humphrey gave govt land away....
 
 
Never a truer word... ;-)
 
 
 
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As good as his line and delivery were, it's his own reaction after making the comment that really demonstrate how great he was in the role.
 
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One of the best political satires of all time. I loved this show and Derek Fowlds, RIP sir. It was a simpler time when we were capable of laughing at ourselves. #derekfowlds
 
An ancient call-back to @gaslitnation when you mentioned you were surprised as the political astuteness of the screenwriter of “Clue”. Johnathan Lynn was part of a duo who wrote the unmissable “Yes Minister “. The spiritual father of “Veep”. Sorry if this is old news.
 
 
This entire exchange is masterful, and illustrates why Yes Minister is my favorite sitcom of all time.
 
I had the privilege of working with all three actors in Yes Minister - Paul Eddington in Alan Bennett's 'Forty Years On', Derek Fowlds in 'Child's Play' with Laurence Harvey, and Nigel Hawthorne in a BBC radio play. All three were very kind and generous to a young actor...
 
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I had the pleasure of working and socialising with Derek back in 1975 at The Young Vic. He was warm, friendly and down to earth. I never knew him to say anything bad about anyone. He was a true gentleman and I'm proud to have known him. #RIPDerekFowlds
 
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It's his expressions after his interjection that do it for me. I've seen that look several times on people who realise they've just said something out loud, or to the wrong company. He nails it perfectly.
 
I remember getting Punt & Dennis to update this for @BBCNowShow once; the best addition was, "The Independent is read by people who got to the shops after they'd sold out of the Guardian". twitter.com/CameronYardeJn…
 
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My favourite was when Jim said something along the lines of ‘People sometimes have to wear two hats when they are in two minds’, Bernard chipped in with ‘or if they have two faces’.....😂
 
Oi!!! Run Come hear the truth!!! 😂😂😂😂😁. #britishmedia is shidt.
 
 
 
Rarely bettered. Writing and performance
 
 
And still true today

Except it's #BrexitJohnson who's got the big tits!
 
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When I first moved here, this was recited to me so I could understand what it meant to be seen with a particular newspaper. Requiescat in pace, Derek Fowlds.
 
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And sadly this means that all 3 leads from Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister have sadly left us.
 
The man could always make me laugh. RIP.
 
Absolutely iconic 😂❤️
 
Derek Fowlds is an acting legend...but to me, he will always be @realbasilbrush ‘s daddy❤️#BoomBoom Rest in peace🙏an honour to meet ‘Mr Derek’ & Basil so many years ago. Wearing a spotty dress, Basil asked me ‘have u got the measles?’ Classic👌🏻sad 😔#DerekFowlds #BasilBrushShow
 
One of the greatest series ever made, generally worth more than most polisci courses. Sad to see the last of a great trio go.
 
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So sad, he was the conduit for the ordinary man, to make a comment upon politics, with the sometimes naivety that Bernard possessed.
 
Brilliant! RIP Mr Derek
 
All 3 Yes Ministers geniuses gone now. Sad
 
Bernard has now gone to join Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey in the Ministry for Heavenly Affairs. RIP Derek Fowlds
 
RIP Bernard...What fun times you three gave the World...#Quintessential Young Bureaucrat...
 
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Sad to hear. Childhood favourite, sad to say goodbye to Basil Brushs sidekick Mr. Derek. Fine actor.
 
 
This is perhaps one of the best monologues I've ever heard on the state of the press in a particular country. Can be replicated for any country.
 
Delicious! They can’t keep it straight!
 
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Priceless Never dates Always something relevant RIP
 
such a true comparison of what newspapers are read by who
 
Oh sorry to hear Derek Fowlds has died. I was a HUGE Yes Minister / Prime Minister fan & his performance as Bernard Woolley was an utter delight. (Loved him in Basil Brush as a kid, too!) RIP lovely man.
 
So... in 1996, myself and @navi226 were at the Oxford Union debating something or other to do with the economics of somewhere and did this whole thing, including the coda.

We got called “very naughty boys”, though we won the debate.

Mr Fowlds will be missed.
 
In order for me to have a good year, we need to recreate this scene, but with a modified script to reflect the military press ecosystem.

Actors should be @DavidLarter, @philewing & @CavasShips ... and yes, as @simonharley noted SEPCOR, they can play themselves.
 
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Genius writing.
 
 
RIP Derek Fowlds - part of one of the best ever political satires (clip below is class and highly relevant still) and one time side kick to the fabulous Basil Brush.
 
Excellent! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 A reminder of a brilliant series.
 
Why can I simply never watch this without laughing out loud?
 
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I used to sit next to Derek at Stamford Bridge. He gave me a lot of very quiet and sage advice. A really nice guy.
 
This clip is as funny as relevant and as true now as it was when it was first released almost 40 yrs ago. RIP Derek Fowlds.
 
Haha all these years later and the country and press are just the same!
 
😁

How sad, Derek Fowlds has died 😔
Excellent actor and performer #RIPDerekFowlds
 
We all rave - and rightly so - about the actors in these two great shows. But the writing was ALWAYS sublime.
 
 
Vale Derek Fowlds. This vid just as true today as then.
 
Still pretty accurate on who reads what newspaper in Britain. #BritishNewspapers #YesMinister
 
Those funny brits of my youth are all gone and one suddenly feels very, very old ...
 
 
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Terrific clip. What ever happened to the BBC?
 
 
 
Brilliant. Just brilliant. Look at how close to laughter they all are 🤣😂
 
 
 
 
Sad to hear this. He was superb in ‘Yes, Minister’ and the sequel. This slightly untypical punchline from Bernard is all over the place today, and it’s a cracker. But I especially loved his quiet pedantry over words - which niggled the other two.
 
Oh that's terrible news: RIP Sir Bernard Woolley, the last of the great triumvirate.
 
One of the best bits of observational comedy I've ever seen.
 
So sad to hear of the death of the marvellous actor Derek Fowlds. For me a wonderful Mr Derek to Basil Brush & of course part of this outstanding comic trio where he got to deliver the punchline in this piece of satirical comedy that still very much holds up today.
 
Sun readers still don't care who runs the country...
 
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Absolutely brilliant.. A sad loss.
 
Derek Fowlds R.I.P. A gem and he was great with Basil Brush!
 
 
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