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Yes Prime Minister [DVD]

David Haig , Henry Goodman , Jonathan Lynn , Gareth Gwenlan    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: David Haig, Henry Goodman, Chris Larkin, Zoe Telford
  • Directors: Jonathan Lynn, Gareth Gwenlan
  • Writers: Jonathan Lynn, Antony Jay
  • Producers: Jonathan Lynn, Gareth Gwenlan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Feb 2013
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B0F4WDK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,285 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

With European economies going down the toilet, a tempting energy deal from an unusual source, a leadership crisis with his coalition partners, a Scottish independence referendum and the greatest moral dilemma he has ever faced... there's lots for Hacker to deal with.

The ultimately powerful but beleaguered Prime Minister is once again 'assisted' by his impenetrably loquacious Cabinet Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, and torn but sensible Principal Private Secretary, Bernard Woolley. There is one person definitely on his side though: Policy Unit Head, Claire Sutton.

The six episodes are set in Chequers, the country residence of the Prime Minister and observe the unfolding drama as Hacker tries to negotiate Britain out of a financial crisis.

Product Description

With European economies going down the toilet, a tempting energy deal from an unusual source, a leadership crisis with his coalition partners, a Scottish independence referendum and the greatest moral dilemma he has ever faced... there's lots for Hacker to deal with. The ultimately powerful but beleaguered Prime Minister is once again 'assisted' by his impenetrably loquacious Cabinet Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, and torn but sensible Principal Private Secretary, Bernard Woolley. There is one person definitely on his side though: Policy Unit Head, Claire Sutton. The six episodes are set in Chequers, the country residence of the Prime Minister and observe the unfolding drama as Hacker tries to negotiate Britain out of a financial crisis.


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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why? 7 Mar 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My expectations were low. Nigel Hawthorn, Paul Eddington and Derek Fowlds had played their roles to perfection in the original series. So why remake it?

This is a serial telling one story across six episodes. It is based on the stage play. Maybe someone should have explained that the fever pitch of acting appropriate to a stage performance grates on the small screen. The performances are over the top. I do not blame Henry Goodman, David Haig or Chris Larkin for not being Nigel Hawthorn, Paul Eddington or Derek Fowlds- they can't help that. But I can't avoid comparisons either. And this compares badly. Very badly.

Apparently the BBC asked for a pilot before commissioning this series. If only G.O.L.D had been as thorough!

Every bit as bad as I feared it would be. And I TRIED to like it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to like this, but... 4 May 2013
Format:DVD
I had mixed feelings when I heard about this remake of the classic show. I didn't expect it to be as good as the original (which would have been well-nigh impossible) but I at least thought the concept worth revisiting and what I heard about it beforehand sounded promising. Alas, it is dire. The subtle humour and understatement of the original have been replaced by "shouty" overacting that drowns out whatever intelligence there may be in the script (and I think there is some, but it's lost in the noise). Also, the PM is cast as quite an energetic character, even if that energy is misdirected (mostly into frustration and self-pity) which completely changes the dynamic between the 2 main characters, while Bernard is largely peripheral further limiting the interest and variety of the action. And I agree with other reviewers that the decision to have a single story over 6 episodes was a mistake. I don't even know how the story ended - normally once I start watching something I'm determined to see it through to the end, but I'm afraid I gave up on this after only 2 episodes. Avoid.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A wasted chance 19 Jan 2014
Format:DVD
I would honestly give this zero stars if possible, and I started off being immensely optimistic, given the return of the original writers.

The actors seriously needed to relax more and make the roles their own, rather than appearing to constantly copy the original actors. All that recycled dialogue too... And would it have been impossible to have Derek Fowlds return as Cabinet Secretary (or a peer), given that his eventual rise to the top of the civil service is mentioned in the accompanying books?

I think this opportunity was wasted: there was considerable potential for bringing the timeless elements of the original to the modern day, but as one critique stated, "strangled at birth". The show is simply ridiculous and not above minimally funny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One story strteched over 3 hours. Boring! 6 April 2013
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Being on the same story for six episodes, really made this a 3 hour story broken into six chapters. It got tedious. There was also too much overacting by some actors. I really loved the Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister series (5 stars each), and felt that this was about five episodes too long. Six different stories would have been better. It seems to be lazy to have merely filmed a stage show, and expect it to be good television. Watched the last 2 or 3 episodes, just to 'get it finished'.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'd really like to leave 2.5 stars but I can't. 17 Jun 2013
Format:DVD
I grew up watching YM and YPM, and enjoyed them from the start. It's what made me interested in politics and government, and really I learned a huge amount from both series, while having a laugh too. If the original series and cast had been replaced with this reincarnation, I doubt I'd be who I am today.

The writing isn't as sharp, and it's that which makes this mediocre. Simply trying to pluck catchphrases, themes and current affairs from the modern era and stick them in place of their 1970's equivalent isn't enough. Nor is using coarser language, which just isn't needed. What the writers needed to do was stay true to YPM as it was originally, and take forward the characters. Then use hypothetical, but realistic scenarios. Doing that, the script would almost have written itself.

What many people remember about YPM/YM is that so many of the things that were depicted happened later in real life. Obviously not completely, but rewatch the episodes, you'll see what I mean. Not so here. Fantastical isn't too strong a word. Then there's the way the characters behave. Again, stupidly sums it up. The original series may often have been farcical, but it was within context, and the character were nuanced and realistic. Not so here.

It is true, the stage play has been taken and transferred to the screen, and while that could work, it doesn't here. I can't imagine watching the play and enjoying it any better than this series. What should have been done is that the writers and producers left Hacker, Humphrey et al in the 1980s and gave us new characters. That may have worked. This feels cobbled together and just plain wrong.

So, why three stars? It isn't rubbish, it just isn't good. I'd have loved to give it 2.5 stars, because that's what it deserves. The effort is there, the actors couldn't do more to make it work, and it is nicely produced. But the writing, directing and overall concept mean it's mostly wasted.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mike Kent 10 Mar 2013
Format:DVD
Very disappointing.Badly cast and directed. Weak story lines. No sublety and the constant canned laughter is appalling. Waste of money - don't bother buying it
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Enjoyed it but not as good as original series which overshadowed it. Will watch from time to time as I think it reflects indecision of some managers and the need to cover oneself... Read more
Published 4 months ago by chriswgy
1.0 out of 5 stars Heresy committed against a classic British sit-com
Okay, I tried to be open-minded about this – honest. I loved the original ‘Yes Prime/Minister’ of the eighties and also – the more modern – ‘The Thick of It. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Albatross
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be disappointed
First I thought that it would be rubbish. As I love the original series, I was too curious to let it go, so I bought the new Yes PM. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Harry
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Prime Minister
Another one of those fantastic timeless TV shows that are really worth having on DVD and when watched again revels things you might have missed first time around.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. E. Goody
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth viewing
I consider this as good as firts series, though others will not. Characters are of course quite different and whist they "overplay" their roles some of the scrit is... Read more
Published 9 months ago by downunder
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill revamp!
Bought this for my husband's birthday as he enjoyed the new series. He will love to see the again, & again!
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars "Old version" is better
The application to current political crises is very nice. Also, Humphrey is still very good at saying a lot without really saying anything. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Trineke Palm
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a very very good movie full filled with excellent humour
It is a very very good movie full filled with excellent humour.
It would be nice to complete the DVD with Hungarian subtitle.
Published 10 months ago by Gabor Szucs
3.0 out of 5 stars Too different to the original
The new Yes Prime Minister is not a patch on the original - mostly because the characterisations for Hacker and Bernard are so different, and not in agood way. Read more
Published 11 months ago by R Griffin
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes Prime Minister 2013 remake
Is it possible to resurrect iconic TV series from 30 years ago?
Yes, but only with very accomplished actors taking on the roles which previous actors made their very... Read more
Published 11 months ago by BrianJ
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