A lot has changed since the show was first broadcast in 1980 in the form of its predecessor Yes, Minister. But never one to be left behind the times, the 2012 incarnation will feature the Rt Hon Jim Hacker at the head of a coalition government.
Original writers – Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay – will return to write the script for the show’s reprise which will air on comedy channel Gold.
The show was famously Maggie Thatcher’s favourite and has inspired such stars as Stephen Fry and (unsurprisingly) The Thick Of It creator, Armando Iannuci.
Hacker, originally played by the late Paul Eddington, will find himself facing the worst economic crisis in a generation, with Europe in financial meltdown and Scotland campaigning for independence.
God only knows where Lynn and Jay found their inspiration for a brand new run of the British favourite – the last few years have been loaded with more press scandals, fraudulent expense claims and corrupt champagne-swigging than a writer could possibly shake his Parker pen at.
UKTV’s director of commissioning, Jane Rogerson, said: “I can’t wait to see this constitutional treasure back on our screens.”
For posterity’s sake…