Yes, Prime Minister

Series 1 - 1. Crisis at the Summit

Crisis at the Summit
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

It’s 24 years since Yes, Prime Minister was last on our screens but, along with Fawlty Towers, it’s probably the most fondly remembered of all British sitcoms. Doubtless fans will come to this updating by original writers Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay carrying big bags of goodwill.
But political satire has changed in those intervening years, everyone’s a critic and politicians are routinely savaged on social networking sites. And we’ve had The Thick of It, which attacked government and opposition with equal comic ferocity.

So all of this makes Yes, Prime Minister seem the most gentle and polite of comedies. There are no hard edges, just knowing winks and gags about Greek bail-outs. Its good manners feel dated, but luckily it is saved by the peerless David Haig and Henry Goodman as hapless PM Jim Hacker and suave cabinet secretary Sir Humphrey.

About this programme

1/6. Modern update of the classic political comedy. Jim Hacker's coalition government is in crisis, while he also has to contend with hosting a eurozone summit at Lancaster House. However, an unlikely saviour is at hand. David Haig plays the embattled PM, with Henry Goodman as Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and Chris Larkin as Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley.

Cast and crew


Jim Hacker
David Haig
Sir Humphrey Appleby
Henry Goodman
Bernard Woolley
Chris Larkin
Claire Sutton
Zoe Telford
Simon Chester
Tim Wallers
Chandrika Chevli
Sophie Raworth
Chris Fawkes


Gareth Gwenlan
Gareth Gwenlan
Antony Jay
Jonathan Lynn