Antony Jay

Sir Antony Jay, the co-writer of TV political comedies Sure Minister and Sure, Prime Minister, has died aged 86 after an extended sickness.

A consultant mentioned the previous broadcaster died on Sunday night surrounded by his spouse and household.

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

Sir Antony’s profession started within the BBC’s present affairs division the place he was a founding member of the Tonight staff.

He later scripted the documentaries Royal Household and Elizabeth R: A 12 months within the Lifetime of the Queen, after which he was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order for private providers to the Royal Household.

Sure Minister, which ran for 3 sequence between 1980 and 1984, adopted the travails of MP James Hacker, minister for administrative affairs, and his battles towards unflappable Whitehall civil servant Sir Humphrey Appleby.

Sure, Prime Minister, broadcast for 2 seasons between 1986 and 1988 portrayed Hacker’s life after he entered 10 Downing Avenue.

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Sure, Prime Minister ran for 2 sequence between 1986 and 1988

Then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was recognized to be an incredible fan of the sequence.

The BBC was given permission to shoot exteriors in Downing Avenue, and Eddington was allowed to stroll via the well-known door.

Sir Antony and Lynn returned to the comedy lately collaborating on a stage model of Sure, Prime Minister in 2010, whereas writing three normal election-inspired sketches aired on BBC’s Newsnight in the identical 12 months.

Earlier this month, the duo reunited once more to jot down a brand new Yes Minister sketch published the Guardian newspaper impressed by the UK’s vote to go away the EU.

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Sir Antony was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order for providers to the Royal Household

In his later years, Sir Antony had develop into an outspoken critic of the BBC, recommending in a 2008 report for the centre-right assume tank the Centre for Coverage Research that the company be slimmed all the way down to BBC One, Radio four and a information division.

He additionally criticised the BBC for being “biased” on local weather change, and recommended employees had been “anti-industry” and “anti-monarchy”.