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Does 'Yes Prime Minister' need to return?

Yes, I know we have Bird & Fortune, and excellent they are too. But it's a bit cerebral for most people and we need a political satire which will bite the heels of the grubby politicians and be popular enough for everyone to watch and to talk about down the pub. I guess Spitting Image would be good too, by the same token. What happened, that we would all become so weary of politics that those lying, cheating, incompetent gits could go relatively unchallenged?
Jonathan Lynn is still around, but a Hollywood director now. Antony Jay died a while back, sadly, if memory serves. So who could write it then? Bird & Fortune maybe?! Who could be in it?
 
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What about bringing back The New Statesman !!!

Then again that may be too near the truth nowadays and get taken off air !!
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Nice one Nomad!! I'd forgotten that! Rik Mayall was excellent!! You see, C4 could get away with that, the BBC have to be a bit nicey-nicey in comparison, hence the relatively gentle humour of YPM. But where did all the quality mainstream TV political satire go? We need it now, more than ever. Lets face it, with all the catching up they have to do (the whole New Labour tenure) there are at least 2 whole 7-part series there! Cash for questions, dodgy party-funding, Iraq, Ministers 'blindly' having affairs, Ministers getting dodgy house loans, a teflon-coated cabinet, Health Service and Education 'reform' with the associated ****-ups, inappropriate and ridiculously expensive and useless IT systems, the latest scandal!

...oh, I think I just wrote the 1st series!
 
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Didn't I read a new CGI Spitting Image was in the pipe?

Is 2DTV still on?
 
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What about bringing back The New Statesman !!!

Then again that may be too near the truth nowadays and get taken off air !!
I saw Rik Mayall being interviewed and there is talk of a new series or a one off special.
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I saw Rik Mayall being interviewed and there is talk of a new series or a one off special.
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"You may think that, I couldn't possibly comment."
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Ah, hope at last chaps! TBH the govt has f*cked the BBC over quite badly and the new licence/charter 'deal' is done, they might as well kick some arse and tell it like it is. Politicians fear YPM more than Today on R4, who listens to R4 (yes Nev, you and I, I know).
CGI Spitting Image? That's a shame, I think puppets would work better, they're more real and therefore have more impact.
 
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Ah, halcyon days ZF! Sadly the 2 main actors are no longer with us, but Derek Fowlds is (Mr Derek ). I was fortunate enough to work on all the last 2 series of Yes, Prime Minister. I got a hell of a kick out of it too, magnificent, ground-breaking telly. BRING IT BACK THOMPSON, IF YOU HAVE THE BALLS! (I doubt it, somehow).
 
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Yes bring it back for the fans.: 2000 plus channels available, tons of in the slot pay per view, and loads of rubbish for free!:
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I went to see "The New Statesman" play a few months back. Very very funny it was too. Alan B'Stard had switched to New Labour but was basically up to his same old tricks. Main difference was that his assistant was working class socialist trade union activist who needless to say didn't approve of his boss!!! Rik Mayall was very very funny and when he forgot his lines would just lurch off into some kind of Young Ones/Bottom character before composing himself but by then the rest of the cast would be in stitches!!



But yes, we need an easily accessible show which really shows the politicians (and their cohorts) as a bunch of incompetent selfish nest-lining money grabbers!
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I saw the New Statesman on stage too, very good show. The version I saw happened to be signed for the deaf. The script has someone in touble for "fist dogging" (fortunately this is never defined). Mayall and the other lead actor would say this, and then lean forward and look pointedly at the woman in the wings while she was doing the signing. Big laugh for that and made her blush, poor thing.

I'm surprised to see nobody thought of The Thick Of It for a current, top-class political satire on New Labour. The last one was cleverly written so that Langham is no longer necessary, so more to come presumably.
 
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Good point emgee, The Thick Of It was something I never got to watch. Will have to watch out for that!

Love the signing for the deaf fist-dogging thing, I wonder what the RSPCA would make of it though?!
 
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Well see if I'm in the ... er ... doghouse ... under the new Rudeness Regulations.*

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Well if the stage show is rated '18' Emgee you could fall foul of the "new regulations" (I thought it was just an opinion like on current posting styles like ) here I suppose !!
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I am sorry that this hasn't been posted in for years, but I just wanted to say that the show is out now, in London! It came out last month and if it's anything like the TV series, it's bound to be hilarious!
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Ah, halcyon days ZF! Sadly the 2 main actors are no longer with us, but Derek Fowlds is (Mr Derek ). I was fortunate enough to work on all the last 2 series of Yes, Prime Minister. I got a hell of a kick out of it too, magnificent, ground-breaking telly. BRING IT BACK THOMPSON, IF YOU HAVE THE BALLS! (I doubt it, somehow).
That's interesting... What was your involvement in the programme, if you don't mind me asking?
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If they do bring back 'Yes Prime Minister' I hope they don't ruin it by allowing the real politicians to water it down or the PC brigade to get involved

My own feeling is never go back because it's never as good as you remembered it applies to life as well as classic TV series.
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At least instead of coming back on Tv Yes Prime Minister came back in London Theatres This year which is a good new Havn't got a chance to check it out but Ive heard its worth...Has anyone know a bit more about it?!
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At least instead of coming back on Tv Yes Prime Minister came back in London Theatres This year which is a good new Havn't got a chance to check it out but Ive heard its worth...Has anyone know a bit more about it?!

Saw it in Glasgow a couple of weeks ago. Its really . Its a mixture of the TV show and more up to date. It talks about the coalition agreement but I thought the guy who played the PM was more Gordon than Dave. Definately worth a see.
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A couple of friends saw it last week and told me they enjoyed it aswell especially wiyh all this Political issues the world is facing I might book some tickets ang give it a try!
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Yes, Prime Minister to Move Back to the Gielgud Theatre, where it originally opened in September 2010. Just found out on an article about it: Yes, Prime Minister
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