Yes, Prime Minster is based the original British show, Yes Minister
What do the American and British governments have in common? Jonathan Lynn says one similarity is that they’re both based on the same principle: “if no one knows what you’re doing, no one knows what you’re doing wrong.” Lynn is the co-writer and director of the play Yes, Prime Minister, which follows the lives of a few “morally confused” British government employees over the course of one hectic weekend; they try to solve a debt crisis, resolve the country’s energy crisis, sand save the Euro from collapsing. The play is based off of an 80’s BBC television series with the same name.
Jonathan Lynn, co-writer and director of Yes, Prime Minister
Michael McKean, actor, plays Jim Hacker in Yes, Prime Minister