Coltrane set for 'Yes, Prime Minister' role12/09/2012 - 13:14:41
Robbie Coltrane is to appear in a remake of 'Yes, Prime Minister'.
The 62-year-old actor will play a "very key part" in an episode about Scottish independence in the rebooted political sitcom and Darren Childs, UKTV's CEO, is delighted that the 'Harry Potter' star has agreed to appear.
He said: "It's a great honour to let you know that Robbie Coltrane has agreed to play a very key part in that episode.
"I'll leave the storylines for you to make up. But it's been fantastic to get Robbie involved in that very special episode."
David Haig and Henry Goodman - who played hapless British government minster Jim Hacker MP and slippery civil servant Humphrey Appleby respectively in the stage play - will reprise their roles in the new programme, which is expected to be screened on digital channel GOLD in early 2013.
Zoe Telford and Chris Larkin will star as Hacker's aides Claire Sutton and Bernard Woolley - previously played by Emily Joyce and Jonathan Slinger in the original programme - in the remake, which will touch on current political subjects, such as the British coalition government and the Euro crisis.
Childs added: "The stories that 'Yes, Prime Minister' covers are topical and up to date.
"You will not be surprised that there are episodes about the coalition government, things like the Euro crisis are covered, and there's a very interesting piece about Scottish independence."
The original 'Yes, Prime Minister' and its prequel 'Yes Minister' - former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's favourite programme - aired on the BBC between 1980 and 1988.
Coltrane is probably best known for his portrayal of Dr Eddie Fitzgerald in crime drama series 'Cracker' and he took on the role of Rubeus Hagrid in the 'Harry Potter' film franchise.
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