Gold commissions new series of Yes, Prime Minister

Revived sitcom from the show's original writers will satirise contemporary political issues

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Classic political sitcom Yes, Prime Minister is to be revived on digital channel Gold after 24 years off air.

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The new series will be penned by the show’s original writers, Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, and focus on bungling Prime Minister Jim Hacker’s struggles at the head of a coalition government.

A Gold spokeswoman confirmed the commission and the writers’ involvement, but was unable to divulge any casting details.

According to The Sun, the revived sitcom will satirise contemporary political issues such as the economic crisis and the debate over Scottish independence.

Yes, Prime Minister and its forerunner, Yes Minister, ran for eight years during the 1980s and won a host of awards, including several Baftas.

The shows’ appeal has endured and both have been cited by satirists including Armando Iannucci and Stephen Fry as influences on their work.

UKTV’s director of commissioning, Jane Rogerson, said: “I can’t wait to see this constitutional treasure back on our screens.”

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Yes, Prime Minister was last revived as a successful West End stage show by Jay and Lynn in 2010.