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

Yes, Prime Minister (1986)

BBC Two sitcom about politics. 16 episodes (2 series), 1986 - 1988. Stars Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott and Deborah Norton.

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Seven classic sitcoms to revisit during lockdown

Sitcoms, when they work, are beautiful things. Familiar characters and running jokes all brought together in easily digestible half-hour chunks of delicious, warming, audio-visual comfort food. So here, in no particular order, are seven favourites to see you through the coronacrisis.

Tim Dawson, The Spectator, 7th May 2020

Sitcom scene seemingly predicts PM's virus reaction

A scene from British sitcom Yes, Prime Minister has gone viral for predicting Boris Johnson's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jacob Stolworthy, The Independent, 12th March 2020

Simon Callow and Clive Francis to star in Yes Minister play

I'm Sorry Prime Minister I Can't Quite Remember, a new stage show based on Yes Minister, has been announced. Simon Callow and Clive Francis will star as the famous characters, now in their 80s.

British Comedy Guide, 6th March 2020

Brexit is a mess - what would Sir Humphrey do?

I emailed my old friend and asked what he would do if he were still head of the civil service. Here is his reply...

Jonathan Lynn, The Guardian, 22nd January 2019

The top 10 British sitcoms of the 80s

After the dourness of the 1970s, the following decade was much more colourful and self-confident, and this reflected in the increasingly audacious premises of the best situation comedies of the era. There were still perennial British interests of class and social status, with observations on suburban life providing plenty of opportunity for writers.

Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus, 29th December 2018

Comedy writer Antony Jay dies aged 86

Sir Antony Jay, the co-writer of Yes, Minister, has died at the age of 86.

British Comedy Guide, 23rd August 2016

Yes Minister shows some things never change

The BBC sitcom is 36 years old and yet it remains, as recent events have shown, bang on the money. Here's some proof that, in politics and the media, some things never change.

Standard Issue, 4th July 2016

James Cary's top 10 sitcoms, #1 - Yes, Prime Minister

The eighteen episodes of Yes, Prime Minister are, to me, perfect situation comedy. Because I've always been such a sitcom geek, whenever I watch any sitcom I sometimes get itchy and think that the writers have missed out a joke, or have let a weak scene get through, or there are plot holes that need fixing. I watch Yes, Prime Minister and my sitcom geek alarm never goes off. It powers down and goes into sleep mode. Because Yes, Prime Minister is perfect.

James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 12th August 2015

Radio Times review

Admitting that you love repeats of old comedy shows probably isn't very sound. After all, where is the new stuff and why does BBC Two keep congratulating itself for being so marvellous simply because it's got old? We've all been there and birthday parties don't usually last this long.

But... pah! When the shows are as good as this, who cares? Neither does it matter that we've probably all seen them a squillion times before, thanks to the miracle of box sets. So cuddle up in a warm bath of nostalgia as we enjoy once more Yes, Prime Minister from 1987, where Jim Hacker (Paul Eddington) hears of a big financial scandal.

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 7th June 2014

'Yes, Prime Minister' clip on Russia suits state today

The Cold War may be over - but in annexing Crimea, it appears that Russia is simply adopting "salami tactics"...

The Huffington Post, 18th March 2014