Sir Antony Jay, who has died aged 86. He was one of the two authors behind the hugely successful and influential 1980s BBC government satire Yes Minister and its successor Yes, Prime Minister.
The series was a broadcasting triumph that not only intrigued and attracted the civil service caste and politicians from Margaret Thatcher downwards, but has echoed around the world – with sales to 84 countries – and reverberated in spin-off books and a successful West End adaptation of Yes, Prime Minister.
Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn’s Jim Hacker character last appeared on our TV screens in 2013 when digital channel GOLD gave it a revival.
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