Sir Antony Jay dead at 86

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Sir Antony Jay

Sir Antony Jay

Sir Antony Jay has passed away at the age of 86 following a long battle with an illness.

Sir Antony Jay has died aged 86.

The comedy writer and director passed away on Sunday (21.08.16) surrounded by his wife and family after losing his battle with a "long illness," a spokesperson told the BBC.

The legendary writer was best known for his work on the 1980s political comedies 'Yes Minister' and 'Yes, Prime Minister', which starred Paul Eddington and Sir Nigel Hawthorne, after he penned the script with Jonathan Lynn.

'Yes Minister' ran for three series between 1980 and 1984 and followed the efforts of MP James Hacker (Eddington) as he battled to formulate and enact legislation against civil servant Sir Humphrey Appleby (Hawthorne).

'Yes, Prime Minister' hit screens two years later in 1986 and portrayed Hacker's life after he moved into Number 10.

Sir Antony and Jonathan joined forces once again in 2010 when they collaborated on the stage version of 'Yes, Prime Minister' as well as writing three general election-inspired sketches for the BBC's 'Newsnight' a few months later.

Earlier this month, the duo reunited for a final time as they penned a new 'Yes Minister' sketch, inspired by the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

Sir Antony - who studied at St Paul's School and Magdalene College in Cambridge - kick started his career in the BBC's current affairs department as a founding member of the 'Tonight' team.

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