Antony Jay 20.4.30 – 21.8.16

Writing genius Antony Jay has died.

His name is probably not familiar, but his work included Yes Minister and its sequel Yes Prime Minister..

He penned the 1980s BBC television series, starring Paul Eddington and Sir Nigel Hawthorne, with Jonathan Lynn.

Sir Antony’s career began in the BBC’s current affairs department where he was a founding member of the Tonight team.

He later scripted the documentaries Royal Family and Elizabeth R: A Year in the Life of the Queen, after which he was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order for personal services to the Royal Family.

Yes Minister, which ran for three series between 1980 and 1984, followed the travails of MP James Hacker, minister for administrative affairs, and his battles against unflappable Whitehall civil servant Sir Humphrey Appleby.

The subsequent Yes, Prime Minister, broadcast for two seasons between 1986 and 1988, portrayed Hacker’s life after he entered 10 Downing Street. Then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was known to be a great fan of the series. . . 

I don’t think they’re making documentaries comedy like this now and both politics and entertainment is the poorer for it.

3 Responses to Antony Jay 20.4.30 – 21.8.16

  1. Richard says:

    Brilliant series One sketch I particularly liked was Why Britain Joined the European Community- could have been written this year

  2. Paul Scott says:

    Yes. Theresa May only PM for a few weeks and already into the corruption of ignoring democracy.
    @ We have to wait to see what Scotland thinks. and now We have to wait to see the German elections
    UK anyone /?

  3. Paranormal says:

    Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister are classics, by they are still writing documentaries, I mean comedys like that. Highly recommend is The Thick Of It. Not for the faint hearted as they take swearing to Shakespearean levels but excellent viewing.

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