Yes, Prime Minister. Image shows from L to R: Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne), James Hacker (Paul Eddington). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

Yes, Prime Minister

Jim Hacker finds himself suddenly promoted to the position of Prime Minister. Perhaps unfortunately, Sir Humphrey Appleby and Bernard Wooley accompany him upwards

Strand:
Yes Minister
Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
1986 - 1988  (BBC Two)
Episodes:
16 (2 series)
Starring:
Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott, Deborah Norton
Writers:
Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
Production:
British Broadcasting Corporation

After years as the Minister for Administrative Affairs in Yes Minister, Jim Hacker finds himself propelled through the intricate wheels of power and influence, and resident in Number 10.

Whilst his new seat of office may be far more senior, he is still faced by much the same day-to-day worries and problems as ever, and mostly thanks to Sir Humphrey!

Our Review: The follow-up to Yes Minister, one of the wittiest and easily the most high-brow of British sitcoms, Yes, Prime Minister does not disappoint. Much like its predecessor, it was both a known favourite of the then real-life Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and has been hailed as a training manual for new civil servants, politicians, and other Whitehall officials ever since its first broadcast.

Ok, so it's true that in some respects Yes, Prime Minister is weaker than its predecessor, but equally it would be false to claim that Yes Minister itself did not have weak episodes. The incisive political commentary and exposť is just as sharp and witty as ever in this sequel series, as proven by the two shows being often grouped together as if one and the same.

Essential viewing for any fan of sitcom or student of British politics.