Yes, Prime Minister to return after 24 years!
Cited as Margaret Thatcher’s favourite television show – but then again, How Much is that Doggy in the Window? was her favourite song – Yes, Prime Minister is going to be brought back to our television screens after 24 years. Original writers Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay are bringing back the satirical sitcom to subscription channel, Gold.
The revamp will feature famous character Hacker leading a coalition government handling the current economic crisis and the Scottish Independence Referendum. It will be a six part series, but no casting has been announced so far.
Two of the three actors who played the leading characters in the 1980s series have died. Paul Eddington who played Hacker died in 1995 and Nigel Hawthorne who played Sir Humphrey Appleby died in 2001.
The new series of Yes, Prime Minister will be made by BBC Productions and based on the stage production. The commission by Gold, owned by UKTV, is part of their efforts to create new content rather than airing repeats.
Gold announced the new series by saying Hacker will lead a coalition government tackling "the greatest economic crisis in a generation, with European economies going down the toilet, a tempting energy deal from an unusual source, a leadership crisis with his coalition partners, a Scottish independence referendum and the greatest moral dilemma he has ever faced".
Mark Freeland, the head of BBC Comedy, commented:
"The much extended tour of Yes, Prime Minister in theatres up and down the country proved that this iconic comedy has lost none of its satirical bite. The one liners hit home like the crack of the whip."
You can view a classic clip from the series below: