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Why Margaret Thatcher loved her yes-man, Antony Jay | Letters

25 August 2016 11:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

I am reminded, reading Antony Jay’s obituary (24 August) of the popularity of Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister outside the UK. In 1996, I had the great pleasure of meeting Eric Molobi. He was a South African businessman, who was brought up in a township, and who, in his youth was a political prisoner on Robben Island at the same time as Nelson Mandela. During our conversations, he mentioned that his favourite television of all time was Yes Minister. Upon my return to the UK I sent him the full sets, which were then on tapes, and they gave him many hours of enjoyment.

Given Margaret Thatcher’s sanctions policy, it is interesting that the machinations of our civil service and the wonderful Sir Humphrey were appreciated by two such different political personalities.

David Shannon

Woore, Shropshire

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Yes Minister co-writer Sir Antony Jay dies

23 August 2016 11:31 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Co-author of hit BBC political comedy has died at age of 86, his representative has said

Sir Antony Jay, the co-writer of the political satires Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, has died at the age of 86. He was surrounded by his wife and family when he died peacefully on Sunday evening after a long illness.

Born in London, Jay started his career at the BBC’s current affairs and documentary department, where he was a founder member of Tonight, the groundbreaking current affairs programme, becoming its editor in 1962.

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Sir Antony Jay obituary

23 August 2016 10:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Co-writer of Yes Minister, BBC TV’s satire on the mechanics of government

Sir Antony Jay, who has died aged 86, was one of the two authors behind the influential 1980s BBC government satire Yes Minister and its successor Yes, Prime Minister. It 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.

The idea of a hapless politician, constantly thwarted, outwitted and occasionally saved by wilier, more devious, civil servants struck a resonant chord among viewers in democracies from Europe to Australia and the Us, and taught viewers valuable, if cynical, lessons about the shortcomings of governments. While it did not make Jay’s fortune – he and his co-author Jonathan Lynn were paid £1,200 an episode »

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