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Twenty-four years on and following an acclaimed stage revival, ‘Yes Prime Minister’ returns to our screens with the same on-stage pairing heading the cast: David Haig (as hapless PM Jim ‘I lost my hair in the service of my country’ Hacker) and Henry Goodman (playing Hacker’s inscrutable, conspiratorial advisor, Sir Humphrey). In these post-‘The Thick of It’ times, its fundamental generosity of spirit and good nature inevitably feels a little dated, in spite of knowing references to Euro crises and coalition politics as the pair negotiate over funding a new pipeline for a post-Soviet state. Yet Hacker and Humphrey are durable archetypes and Haig and Goodman perfect for them, seeing the script through its flabbier passages with the assurance of actors entirely at ease in their roles. ‘Yes Prime Minister: Re-Elected’, a celebration of the original series, follows at 9.40pm.
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