Yes, Prime Minister

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  • TV-PG
  • 1986
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.6  (12,655)

Yes, Prime Minister, a popular British sitcom that aired on BBC Two from 1986 to 1987, is a sequel to its predecessor, Yes Minister. The show follows the exploits of the newly appointed Prime Minister, Jim Hacker (Paul Eddington), and his Cabinet Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne), as they navigate the complex world of politics in the United Kingdom.

The show was well-received by both critics and audiences alike, winning several awards including two BAFTA Awards for Best Comedy Series. The series’ writing, led by Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay, was praised for its sharp wit, political satire, and attention to detail. The show’s popularity has continued long after its initial run, with a stage adaptation and a new television series both in the works.

The series is set in Downing Street, London, the official residence of the Prime Minister. Jim Hacker, the newly elected Prime Minister, is keen to make an impression in his new role but soon learns that the world of politics is far more complicated than he first thought. His attempts at implementing change are frequently thwarted by the cunning and experienced Sir Humphrey, who will do whatever it takes to maintain the status quo.

The relationship between Hacker and Sir Humphrey is at the heart of the show, with both characters engaging in a constant battle of wits. Hacker is portrayed as a well-meaning yet bumbling politician who is easily manipulated by those around him. Sir Humphrey, on the other hand, is a master of political language and bureaucratic maneuvering, always being one step ahead of his boss.

Derek Fowlds plays Bernard Woolley, Hacker’s personal secretary, and provides a comical counterbalance to the more serious Sir Humphrey. Woolley is often caught in the middle of the power struggle between his boss and his superior, and his attempts to please both often lead to hilarious misunderstandings.

Another regular character in the show is Dorothy Wainwright (Diana Hoddinott), Hacker’s wife. While not a political figure herself, she frequently provides insight into the political machinations of Downing Street, often to the frustration of both her husband and Sir Humphrey.

The show tackles a wide range of political issues, including nuclear disarmament, the European Union, and the British economy. The writing is clever and insightful, shining a light on the complexities of government and the difficulty of enacting change.

Despite the serious subject matter, the show is known for its wit and humor. The dialogue is sharp and fast-paced, and the comedic timing of the actors is impeccable. The show often utilizes visual gags and slapstick humor to great effect, making it an enjoyable watch for both political enthusiasts and comedy fans.

In conclusion, Yes, Prime Minister remains one of the most popular and enduring British sitcoms of all time. Its witty writing, sharp humor, and formidable cast make it a must-watch for anyone interested in politics or comedy. The show’s characters and themes continue to resonate with audiences today, making it a timeless classic of British television.

Yes, Prime Minister is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (16 episodes). The series first aired on January 9, 1986.

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The Tangled Web
8. The Tangled Web
January 28, 1988
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.
The National Education Service
7. The National Education Service
January 8, 1988
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 Patron of the Arts
6. A Patron of the Arts
January 1, 1988
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.
Power To The People
5. Power To The People
December 31, 1987
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.
A Conflict of Interest
4. A Conflict of Interest
December 24, 1987
A major City crisis seems set to rock the Government. With the Party Conference upcoming, it is time for firm action by a decisive Prime Minister. Sir Humphrey could not disagree more.
A Diplomatic Incident
3. A Diplomatic Incident
December 17, 1987
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.
Official Secrets
2. Official Secrets
December 10, 1987
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.
Man Overboard
1. Man Overboard
December 3, 1987
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.
Where to Watch Yes, Prime Minister
Yes, Prime Minister is available for streaming on the BBC TWO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Yes, Prime Minister on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 9, 1986
  • IMDB Rating
    8.6  (12,655)