Sir Antony Jay, co-writer of political comedies Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, has died at the age of 86.
A representative said: “Sir Antony Jay CVO CBE died peacefully on Sunday evening after a long illness. He was surrounded by his wife and family.”
Best known as co-author with Jonathan Lynn of the BBC hit comedies starring Paul Eddington, Sir Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds, hisÂ distinguished career included scripting documentaries Royal Family and Elizabeth R: A Year In The Life Of A Queen, for which he was appointedÂ Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) for personal services to the Royal Family.
Sir Antony began his career in the BBC’s current affairs department and was a founding member of the Tonight team, later becoming editor of the programme in 1962.
He authored several management books and foundedÂ management and sales training film company Video Arts alongside John Cleese and two colleagues in 1972.
He wasÂ created a Knight Bachelor in 1988.
Sir Antony became an outspoken detractor of his former employer the BBC in his later years.
In aÂ report commissioned by the centre-right think tank the Centre for Policy Studies in 2008, he recommended the public broadcaster beÂ radically slimmed down to just BBC One, Radio 4 and a news department.
He has also criticised them for being “biased” on climate change, and accused staff of being “anti-industry” and “anti-monarchy”.
Earlier this month, he reunited with Jonathan on a new Yes Minister sketch inspired by Brexit for The Guardian.