Yes Prime Minister (Series 3)

Written by: Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay

 

Yes Prime Minister returns to television.


A new six part series of Yes Prime Minister was recently launched on UK GOLD. It was written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn who created the original series and have written every episode. The new series is based on their recent successful stage play which has received universal critical and public acclaim on tour and during both its initial season at Chichester Festival Theatre and three previous West End runs at the Gielgud and Apollo Theatres. The series was recorded in front of a live audience. It is produced and directed by Mr Lynn and Gareth Gwenlan, to star David Haig, who played Hacker in the ongoing stage production and Henry Goodman, who plays Sir Humphrey. Charis Larkin plays Bernard Woolley, Zoe Telford is Claire, Jim Hacker's special advisor, and Robbie Coltrane makes a guest starring appearance as Rory McAlister, the leader of the Scottish Nationalists at Westminster.

The series, initially called Yes Minister, began life in 1980. It ran for three series on BBC Two, repeated on BBC One. Its successor Yes Prime Minister ran for two series from 1986. It starred Paul Eddington as politician Jim Hacker, Nigel Hawthorne as permanent secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and Derek Fowlds as Hackers principal private secretary Bernard Woolley. Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, the original writers of the classic TV series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister reunited for this 30th anniversary production of the series.

UKTV director of commissioning Jane Rogerson said, "I'm thrilled that Gold has enticed Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay to pen a brand new series, and can't wait to see this constitutional treasure back on screens across the country. "The quality of their writing is wonderful. You can only get that tight use of English and humour from the calibre of Antony and Jonathan. Their scripts are more prediction than fiction."

 

Yes Prime Minister (2 Original Series)

Written by: Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay

Jim Hacker MP has been Minister for Administrative affairs long enough to know the unspoken rules of the game. He must come up with fresh ideas to show the electorate he is successful. His permanent secretary, the urbane Sir Humphrey is there to make sure they never come fruition, while poor Bernard (private secretary) must sit uneasily on the fence between them.

 

Yes Minister (3 Series)

Written by: Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay

Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn

Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn

The corridors of power are awash with corruption, back-stabbing and uncivil servants as James Hacker, opportunistic Minister of the Department of Administrative Affairs, and his scheming Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, fight for control of the ministry.