Yes Minister, Yes Prime Minister co-writer Sir Antony Jay dies at 86

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 24, 2016 11:19 IST
Sir Antony Jay pictured after his investiture as a Knight's Batchelor by the Queen (AP)

Sir Antony Jay, co-writer of popular TV comedies Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister, died at 86 after prolonged illness.

The BBC quoted Jay’s representative as saying that he died on Sunday evening and was surrounded by his wife and family during his last moments.

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Sir Antony was a founding member of the Tonight team at BBC. Later, he wrote documentaries Elizabeth R: A Year in the Life of the Queen and Royal Family. He was then appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order for personal services to the Royal Family.

Jay’s best-known series, Yes Minister, ran between 1980 and 1984. It traced MP James Hacker, a fictitious minister for administrative affairs, and his battles against an unflappable Whitehall civil servant, Sir Humphrey Appleby.

Yes Prime Minister - another gem penned by Jay, was aired for two seasons (between 1986 and 1988) and was about Hacker’s life after he entered 10 Downing Street.

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