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Yes, Prime Minister was a BBC TV sitcom that ran from 1986 to 1988. It ran for three seasons with seven episodes each season. This show is a sequel to the show called Yes, Minister. The first show was on BBC TV as well and it was written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn. It ran from 1980 to 1984 for three seasons with seven episodes each season.

Yes, Prime Minister was not the only version of the show. Many episodes were turned into radio versions for BBC Radio. A stage play version of this show was produced in 2010. The stage version was so popular that a new TV version of this show appeared on UKTV Gold in 2013.

This sequel essentially had the same cast as the original. It focused on the events of the prime ministership of Jim Hacker after the previous PM resigned. This show showed that people could watch a show about politics and enjoy it.

Thursdays at 09:00 pm on BBC TWO
2 Seasons, 16 Episodes
January 9, 1986
Comedy, Drama
8.6/10
Cast: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott
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Yes, Prime Minister Full Episode Guide

  • If the PM gives false information to Parliament, should the Cabinet Secretary support him, or should he tell all? As Sir Humphrey ponders the ethics, he finds that he, too, has something to hide.

  • Under pressure to improve the standards of education, Jim devises a plan which presents Sir Humphrey as Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, with a conflict of interest.

  • A drastic cut in the Arts Council Grant is due to be announced on the morning of the British Theatre Awards dinner. Jim needs Sir Humphrey's help to avoid a hostile reception, but Sir Humphrey is a patron of the arts.

  • When Sir Humphrey locks horns with the formidable Agnes Moorhouse, leader of a London Council, he finds her a tougher opponent than any of his gentlemanly adversaries in Whitehall.

  • In order to polish his public image, Jim wants the French to sign the Channel Tunnel agreement. However, the situation becomes sticky when they want to impose all kinds of damaging conditions.

  • The former Prime Minister is writing his memoirs, which have to be submitted for security clearance. And it seems as though one chapter in the book will portray Jim in very bad light.

  • Sir Humphrey must stop Jim supporting a plan to move armed service jobs from the South to the North East to ease unemployment. Political comedy starring Paul Eddington.

  • As Jim slides down the popularity polls, Sir Humphrey finds himself at the center of a spy scandal. Can the hapless PM and the Machiavellian Mandarin save themselves from public disgrace?

  • One of the PM's duties is to recommend the appointment of bishops to the Queen. Given a choice of two presented by the Church, Jim prefers neither. Sir Humphrey has his own reasons for wanting a third.

  • Called upon to take action to prevent a Commonwealth country from being taken over by Marxists, Jim has his first clash as Prime Minister with the Foreign Office.

  • The Government runs into a financial crisis just as MPs and top civil servants are due for a pay increase. Sir Humphrey relies on all his finest skills to push through his own claim.

  • Sir Humphrey tries to maneuver Jim's political adviser out of her office. Territorial battle ensues and, caught in the cross fire, Bernard considers opposing Sir Humphrey for once in his career.

  • When Jim decides to champion his Health Minister's plan to abolish smoking through excessive taxation, a horrified Sir Humphrey calls in the tobacco lobby to prevent the move.

  • As Jim is coached and groomed for a television discussion on his new defense policy, Sir Humphrey is more concerned with what he says than in how he says it.

  • As Prime Minister, Jim's finger is now on the nuclear button. Confused by some tough questioning, he comes up with a surprising Grand Design for defense.

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