Yes, Prime Minister

The sequel series to British hit “Yes, Minister”, Yes, Prime Minister takes the characters from the original series and transplants them to new surroundings. In the original series, the story revolves around the private office of a British government cabinet minister in the (fictional) Department for Administrative Affairs in Whitehall. The minister in question is The Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) and he is accompanied by his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principal Private Secretary, Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds). Most of the hilarity revolves around the relationship of the minister and Appleby who are almost constantly at odds when it comes to the issues they are forced to deal with. Appleby is often frustrated by attempting to convince the minister of what action he should be taking either by fighting his proposals or fighting to get his own approved.

For Hacker, his decisions are often based on idealism and loyalty to the party as well as being seen to be doing right by his constituents. Appleby on the other hand is motivated by what will maintain his prestige and benefit the civil service as he believes it is the civil service, not politicians, who know what is best for the nation.

Yes, Prime Minister follows the same formula as its predecessor; however when the Minister is voted in as Prime minister the show changes to reflect this with the setting moving to the Prime Minister’s offices at 10 Downing Street.