About Yes, Prime Minister

The political battles between PM Jim Hacker and Civil Servant Humphrey Appleby made for one of the best comedies of the 1980s.

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Starring Paul Eddington as Jim Hacker, Nigel Hawthorne as Sir Humphrey Appleby and Derek Fowlds as Bernard Woolley, Yes, Prime Minister originally ran for 2 series from 1986 until 1988. Following on directly from Yes, Minister and set after Jim Hacker's unexpected general election win Yes, Prime Minister sees Jim Hacker become more statesmanlike, with grand ideas and grand speeches, that still land him in to trouble.

The ultimately powerful but beleaguered Prime Minister Jim Hacker - assisted by his impenetrably loquacious advisor Sir Humphrey Appleby and Principal Private Secretary, Bernard Woolley - were last seen on screen in 1988 in the BAFTA winning series. Famously Yes, Prime Minister was the favourite comedy of the then incumbent Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. In 2004 Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister were voted 6th in a poll to determine the best British Sitcom. The series has also garnered high critical acclaim and influenced latter satirical writers and performers such as Stephen Fry and Armando Iannucci.