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Yes, Prime Minister 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1986–1987)
James Hacker was propelled along the corridors of power to the very pinnacle of politics - Number 10.
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Series cast summary:
Paul Eddington ...  James Hacker 16 episodes, 1986-1988
Nigel Hawthorne ...  Sir Humphrey Appleby 16 episodes, 1986-1988
Derek Fowlds ...  Bernard Woolley 16 episodes, 1986-1988
Diana Hoddinott ...  Annie Hacker 8 episodes, 1986-1988
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Storyline

Following on from Yes Minister, Jim Hacker is now Prime Minister and Sir Humphrey Appleby is Cabinet Secretary. Bernard is also along for the ride, as Hacker's personal secretary. As in their previous roles, their jobs often devolve into a battle of agendas, ideals, wills and wits between Hacker and Sir Humphrey. Written by grantss

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Comedy

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UK

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English

Release Date:

9 January 1986 (UK) See more »

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Javisst, herr premiärminister See more »

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(16 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Its plausible, and regrettable, that Paul Eddington's descent into illness, unintentionally, made the writers feel that they had to get episodes written quickly, and made, before he was too ill to work. This may explain why some critics and viewers felt, and feel, that YPM is too broadly written, compared to the tightly nuanced scripts for YM. Alternatively, as Jim Hacker is now Prime Minister, and not in a Department, that would have changed the focus of the story dynamics anyway. See more »

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[Sir Humphrey demonstrates how public surveys can reach opposite conclusions]
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Mr. Woolley, are you worried about the rise in crime among teenagers?
Bernard Woolley: Yes.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Do you think there is lack of discipline and vigorous training in our Comprehensive Schools?
Bernard Woolley: Yes.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Do you think young people welcome some structure and leadership in their lives?
Bernard Woolley: Yes.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Do they respond to a challenge?
Bernard Woolley: Yes.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Might you be in favour of reintroducing National Service?
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The rare sequel equal to the original.
31 May 2003 | by grendelkhanSee all my reviews

"Yes Prime Minister" picks up where the previous "Yes Minister" left off, and continues the quality. The two series are bridged by a Christmas special, "Party Games", where the Prime Minister has retired, and Sir Humphrey has manipulated the selection process to place Jim Hacker in Number 10. The new series picks up with Hacker now in his new job.

The series continued the fine work of its predecessor. The writing is first rate and the performers still shine. New dimension was added with the introduction of Deborah Norton as Dorothy Wainwright, Hacker's political advisor. Wainwright is a master strategist, who is able to counter Sir Humphrey's schemes. As such, Jim gets to win a few more this time. Still, never underestimate Sir Humphrey.

There is more of a trade-off here, as the battles are split between Sir Humphrey and Hacker, and a few where they are allies. If there is any criticism of the show, it's that some of the themes had already been done in the original series. However, they are given a new wrinkle as Hacker is now in the top spot. He no longer has to worry about the PM, because he is the PM; but, he still will not make a "courageous" decision, or anything that is unpopular.

Repetition may explain why this series was shorter. The series had explored everything it could, short of full scale war. Still, every episode is a delight.

The entire series is available on vhs, in the US; and, hopefully, will follow the recent release of "Yes Minister" on DVD. Also, the two "diaries" of the shows are well worth seeking out. They beautifully capture the shows, through diary entries, memo's, and government documents. They are far more than a brief plot summary. You can find them through out-of-print book searches on the web.


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