Prime Minister & I
|Prime Minister & I|
|Also known as||Prime Minister is Dating|
|Written by||Kim Eun-hee |
|Directed by||Lee So-yeon|
|Theme music composer||Noh Young-shim|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||17|
|Executive producer(s)||Kim Hyeong-il|
|Production location(s)||South Korea|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||60 minutes on Mondays and Tuesdays at 22:00 (KST)|
|Production company(s)||SM C&C|
|Original network||Korean Broadcasting System|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||December 9, 2013 –|
February 4, 2014
|Revised Romanization||Chongriwa Na|
Prime Minister & I (Korean: 총리와 나; RR: Chongriwa Na; lit. Prime Minister and I) is a 2013 South Korean television drama starring Im Yoon-ah, Lee Beom-soo, Yoon Shi-yoon, Chae Jung-an and Ryu Jin. It aired on KBS2 from December 9, 2013 to February 4, 2014 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 22:00 for 17 episodes.
At 42 years old, Kwon Yul (Lee Beom-soo) is South Korea's youngest prime minister ever. On top of his reputation of being an honest man of the utmost integrity, he's also a widower as his wife died in a car accident 7 years ago and raises his three children alone. But what the public doesn't know is that despite his perfect image, Yul is actually a struggling father devoid of even the most basic of parenting skills. Nam Da-jung (Im Yoon-ah) is a journalist from Scandal News who resorts to writing for a trashy tabloid to support her ailing father, but when she chases Prime Minister Kwon for a lucrative exposé, she ends up scooping a whole lot more than she bargained for and the two end up in a contract marriage and fall in love with each other .
Nam Da-jung is a 28-year-old tabloid reporter. She has been working for her paper for three years, and is in charge of covering romance scandals. She is actually a very clumsy woman, constantly making mistakes and embarrassing herself. She once dreamed of becoming a novelist like Jane Austen; however, in a society where one cannot make money out of "arts and culture," becoming an author is a distant dream for her. In the end, she ends up using her writing and editing skills, as well as her photographer's eye to become a reporter for Scandal News. Because of her Alzheimer's-afflicted father's extended stay in a nursing home, she has to work tirelessly to support him. For the sake of achieving "the next big scoop," she follows Kwon Yul day and night in an attempt to score an exclusive.
Kwon Yul, 42 years old, is Korea's youngest Prime Minister. Yul is a widower who lost his wife in a car accident seven years ago and is now raising his three children alone. He has a reputation of being an honest man with high integrity, but at home, Yul has a troubled relationship with his children, and has a tactless mouth that phrases nice things into horrible words. He is a world-renowned leader, yet at the same time, he cannot even cook a bowl of noodles.
Kang In-ho, 32 years old, is the Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister's office. He speaks at least four other languages other than his native tongue of Korean - those languages include Chinese, Japanese, English, and Spanish. Ever since the first time he had met Nam Da-jung, he found her unique and interesting. However, when she started pestering Kwon Yul to marry her, In-ho began to perceive Da-jung as just another woman who wants to get close to the Prime Minister, and despised her greatly. Later on, when he got to know the reason behind Da-jung's actions, he regrets misunderstanding her. Deciding that he doesn't want to have any more regrets in life, he falls further in love with her. He just wants to prove to Da-jung that when he said he would protect her, he truly meant it.
Seo Hye-joo, 35 years old, was Kwon Yul's hubae from university and is the staffer closest to him. She has also been his confidant since his assemblyman days. Calmer than anyone, she is a decisive and smart woman, but a fool when it comes to love. In college, she fell in love with Yul at first sight, but never disclosed her affection for him. She continued to hide her feelings as they worked together, and is satisfied with just being able to always stay beside Yul. Until one day, Nam Da-jung appears in their lives and puts herself on a path that Hye-joo has never crossed. This drives her mad.
- Ryu Jin as Park Joon-ki
Park Joon-ki, 42 years old, Minister of Strategy and Finance, is Kwon Yul's brother-in-law and political opponent. He is a man full of confidence and ambition, and is currently in a political marriage with Na Yoon-hee. He works hard for his career, and awaits his time to shine. During his university years, he and Yul were very good friends, but their friendship ended when he found out that his first love, Seo Hye-joo, was in love with Yul. He assumed that his sister Na-young's death was due to the weariness caused by her husband, and thus cannot forgive Yul. His only ambition is to win against Kwon Yul in every field.
- Choi Soo-han as Kwon Woo-ri
Kwon Woo-ri, 15 years old, is the eldest of Kwon Yul's children. Woo-ri is in his first year of high school.
- Jeon Min-seo as Kwon Na-ra
Kwon Na-ra, 12 years old, is the second child and only daughter of Kwon Yul. Na-ra is a sixth grader in middle school.
- Lee Do-hyun as Kwon Man-se
Kwon Man-se, 7 years old, is the youngest child and son of Kwon Yul. Man-se has just recently started primary school as a first grader.
- Jeon Won-joo as Na Young-soon
- Lee Young-beom as Shim Sung-il
- Lee Han-wi as Nam Yoo-sik, Da-jung's father who is suffering from Alzheimer's
- Choi Deok-moon as Go Dal-pyo
- Lee Tae-ri as Park Hee-chul, Da-jung's aide
- Min Sung-wook as Byun Woo-chul
- Yoon Hae-young as Na Yoon-hee
- Jung Ae-yeon as Park Na-young, Kwon Yul's wife
- Kim Ji-wan as Kang Soo-ho
- Jang Hee-woong as Bae In-kwon
- Song Min-hyung as Kim Tae-man
- Kim Jong-soo as Gong Taek-soo
- Hong Sung-sook as Jang Eun-hye
- Lee Yong-yi as Lee Dal-ja
- Ko Joo-yeon as Roori
- Han Young-je as Kwon Yul's bodyguard
- Lee Deok-hwa as Na Yoon-hee's father (cameo, ep 6)
- Kim Junmyeon of EXO as Han Tae-woong (cameo, ep 10-12)
- Oh Man-seok as gangster (cameo, ep 12)
Noh Young-shim was the music director and theme music composer of the drama series. "Footsteps," the first track to be previewed on the series at the end of its third episode, was composed and arranged by Kim Jung-bae with the vocals by Taemin of the K-pop boyband Shinee. A representative from the drama's production company said that the song "complements the snow fall of winter" and is "set to make the drama warmer." 
In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen|
|Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area|
|1||December 9, 2013||5.4%||5.8%||5.9%||5.4%|
|2||December 10, 2013||5.0%||5.9%||5.4%||5.0%|
|3||December 16, 2013||5.5%||6.1%||7.3%||7.4%|
|4||December 17, 2013||5.8%||6.4%||6.5%||7.0%|
|5||December 23, 2013||6.0%||6.1%||5.9%||5.5%|
|6||December 24, 2013||5.5%||5.9%||5.7%||5.4%|
|7||December 30, 2013||9.0%||10.6%||11.9%||10.9%|
|8||January 6, 2014||6.0%||6.1%||7.3%||8.3%|
|9||January 7, 2014||7.3%||8.3%||7.3%||8.0%|
|10||January 13, 2014||6.7%||7.0%||9.9%||9.1%|
|11||January 14, 2014||8.6%||7.3%||9.5%||8.7%|
|12||January 20, 2014||6.2%||6.5%||6.1%||6.2%|
|13||January 21, 2014||5.5%||5.6%||6.0%||6.3%|
|14||January 27, 2014||5.8%||6.7%||5.5%||6.3%|
|15||January 28, 2014||5.8%||6.1%||6.1%||6.3%|
|16||February 3, 2014||5.7%||5.8%||4.9%||5.6%|
|17||February 4, 2014||5.9%||6.3%||6.1%||6.1%|
Awards and nominations
|27th KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Won|
|Best Couple Award||Won|
|16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival||Best Young Actress||Nominated|
- Philippines: Aired on GMA Network on Mondays to Fridays beginning December 15, 2014 to February 13, 2015 with replays on GMA News TV from February 6 to March 10, 2017.
- Thailand: Aired on PPTV on Mondays to Fridays at 10:25 a.m. beginning July 14, 2014. Repeat telecast in 2015.
- Indonesia: Aired on RTV from June 15, 2015 to July 7, 2015 on Monday-Friday at 2:00 p.m.
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