Award-winning actor Robbie Coltrane is to make a guest appearance in the new series of revived political sitcom Yes, Prime Minister and play a “key part” in an episode about Scottish independence.
Speaking at UKTV’s 2012-13 Showcase today, the network’s CEO Darren Childs said: “The stories that Yes, Prime Minister covers are topical and up to date. You will not be surprised that there are episodes about the coalition government, things like the Euro crisis are covered, and there’s a very interesting piece about Scottish independence.
“It’s a great honour to let you know that Robbie Coltrane has agreed to play a very key part in that episode.”
He added: “I’ll leave the storylines for you to make up. But it’s been fantastic to get Robbie involved in that very special episode.”
While it’s perhaps not polite to say so, it can’t be denied that there’s a certain physical resemblence between Coltrane and Scotland’s First Minister and keen devolutionist Alex Salmond…
It was also announced at the event that Yes, Prime Minister’s TV cast would be headed up by David Haig and Henry Goodman, who played Jim Hacker MP and Sir Humphrey Appleby respectively in the 2010 Yes, Prime Minister stage play. They will be joined by Zoe Telford and Chris Larkin as Hacker’s aides Claire Sutton and Bernard Woolley (see below):
Yes, Prime Minister is still shooting at present – Childs claims it “doesn’t wrap for another two or three weeks” – and the show is expected to transmit on digital channel GOLD in the first quarter of 2013.
The original Yes, Prime Minister and its prequel Yes Minister ran on the BBC between 1980-88. It starred Paul Eddington as hapless government minister Jim Hacker and Nigel Hawthorne as slippery civil servant Sir Humphrey Appleby, won a host of awards and was famously Margaret Thatcher’s favourite TV programme.