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Satirical show to be revived

March 29, 2012

Satirical 1980s show Yes, Prime Minister will be revived with a new six-part season.

The show’s original writers, Jonathan Lynn and partner Antony Jay will script the new show, which will be based on their stage production from 2010. The series, to be aired on TV channel Gold, is to see Prime Minister Jim Hacker again in office while spearheading a coalition government.

Although Paul Eddington originally played the Prime Minister in the stage production of Yes, Prime Minster, there is no word as of yet on who will fulfill the role in the new six-part season. Gold said that the updated Hacker will tackle the economic crisis, as well as a leadership crisis with coalition partners and the Scottish independence referendum.

Jane Rogerson of UKTV commented that Britain’s current political landscape provides the perfect setting for another round of Yes, Prime Minster. Mark Freeland, the head of the BBC’s In-House Comedy department and the producer of the series, added that Yes, Prime Minister’s extended tour of theatres the length and breadth of the UK proves the comedy remains iconic while having not lost any of its satirical bite.

Yes, Prime Minsiter originally consisted of 38 episodes that ran on television from 1980 to 1988. Nigel Hawthorne starred as Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and Derek Fowlds played Hacker’s private secretary, Bernard Woolley.

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