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Monday 14 January 2013

TV: Yes, Prime Minister *UK Premiere*

Yes, Prime Minister returns to office in January after a 24 year hiatus. With a brand new cast and scripted by the original writing team Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, this lauded six part satire starts mid-January on Gold.

The new series will see Olivier Award winning David Haig (My Boy Jack/Thin Blue Line/Four Weddings and a Funeral) star as the ultimately powerful but beleaguered Prime Minister Jim Hacker, back in office as PM and leading a coalition government confronting the greatest economic crisis in a generation.

Henry Goodman (double Olivier Award winner for Stephen Sondheim's Assassins and for Shylock in The Merchant of Venice) stars alongside David as Jim Hacker’s impenetrably loquacious advisor Sir Humphrey Appleby, Chris Larkin (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World/Valkyrie) makes up the infamous trio as Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, with Zoe Telford (Sherlock/Ashes to Ashes) appearing as the PM’s personal advisor Claire Sutton and Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter/Cracker) guest starring as Deputy PM Rory McAlister.

Yes, Prime Minister returns in a contemporary setting and unsurprisingly there is trouble afoot for the fraught PM. European economies are going down the toilet, there’s a ‘too good to be true’ energy deal on the table from an unusual source, a leadership crisis with his coalition partners, the threat of a Scottish independence referendum and the greatest moral dilemma he has ever faced.

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