The new series of Yes, Prime Minister – starring David Haig and Henry Goodman as Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey – aired for the first time last night on UK Gold. A few viewers were puzzled as to why the BBC chose not helm the remake of its much-loved original series, but it soon became clear why…
Even from the trailers you can see exactly why the BBC asked for a pilot of "Yes, Prime Minister", it's dreadful
Many fans of the original BBC production, which starred Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne in the lead roles, were quick to question the decision to revive the political comedy. @GeorgeHBone’s exasperation appears to have diminished his use of varied vocabulary…
New Yes Prime Minister. Why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why? At least Hawthorne and Eddington are spared the shame.
Indeed, after searching through the scores of disappointed tweeters, it appears that some viewers approved of last night’s reboot. @markhigginsuk positively gushed about the script – which was penned by original writers Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn.
Just watched the new series of yes prime minister on gold. Absolutely superb, very funny and brilliantly written.
So formulaic was the applause that tweeters were soon terming the responses “canned”. Indeed, Simon Batchelor was so exasperated, he was overcome outbursts spontaneous chortling while making his point…
@GoldTVChannel who haha thought hahaha the haha canned hahaha laughter hahaha would be haha a good haha idea on the new Yes, Prime Minister
So sadly, despite its lucrative bank of hardcore original fans, it seems the new version Yes, Prime Minister has failed its first test. @JimTDuffy’s opinions seem fairly representative of the Twitter masses:
#newyesprimeminister OK. For the first time ever I've switched off Yes Prime Minister. New version doesn't work at all. Time to axe it.