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Yes Minister! Jonathan Lynn in conversation with Ayesha Hazarika

Thu 12 March @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


On both sides of the Atlantic, the political environment has taken an us into unchartered territory.

On one side, reality star turned political leader Donald Trump presides over a turbulent Twitter presidency. Meanwhile at home, the UK remains deeply embroiled in a polarising and uncertain Brexit process.

With reality looking stranger than fiction, London Book & Screen Week welcomes Jonathan Lynn, co-creator of the phenomenally successful Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister to discuss the modern political landscape and the role of satire today. The multi award-winning writer, director and producer, who adapted the show for print and stage, will be in conversation with author, broadcaster, political pundit and award-winning comedian Ayesha Hazarika.

400 years since the first UK pilgrims settled in America and 40 years after the show first aired, they will discuss the parallels between UK and US politics, and the tour de force of political satire that remains relevant still today.

Ticket includes a complimentary drink.

Jonathan Lynn’s feature films include Clue and Nuns on the Run (both of which he also wrote), My Cousin Vinny, Greedy, Trial And Error, The Whole Nine Yards, The Fighting Temptations and Wild Target. His first produced screenplay was The Internecine Project (1974).

For television, Jonathan is best known for Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, co-written and created with Antony Jay, which has been seen in more than 80 countries. He authored the bestselling books The Complete Yes, Minister and The Complete Yes, Prime Minister, which cumulatively sold more than a million copies in hardback, have been translated into numerous languages and have never been out of print. His novel Mayday (1991) was recently re-published and his sort-of-memoir Comedy Rules and latest recent novel Samaritans have both received rave reviews.

Recently he directed two plays he wrote: Yes, Prime Minister (Gielgud & Apollo) and The Patriotic Traitor (The Park). He writes intermittently for the TLS, teaches acting at HBStudio in New York and taught directing at the American Film Institute. Numerous awards include the BAFTA, Writers Guild (twice), Broadcasting Press Guild (twice), NAACP Image Award, Environmental Media Award, Ace Award (Best Comedy Series on US cable), Political Studies Association Diamond Jubilee Award (Best Political Satire) and a Special Award from the Campaign For Freedom of Information. Lynn received an MA in Law from Cambridge University and now lives in New York, describing himself as a recovering lawyer.

Ayesha Hazarika is a broadcaster, writer and award-winning comedian. She is a much sought after political pundit with great wit and insight, appearing regularly across shows on the BBC, Sky, ITN and Dave, as well as writing for national newspapers and print including the FT, Guardian, Grazia, The Scotsman and New Statesman. Ayesha is a guest presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review, leading the discussion on all things cultural and was previously a lead panel presenter on CNN Talk (CNN international) and a regular presenter on LBC.

In 2016 she returned to stand-up, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She toured with the hilarious State of the Nation inspired by her time in politics which was followed by a run at Soho Theatre. In 2018 she toured again with a new stand-up show called Girl on Girl – The Fight for Feminism culminating in a two week run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In 2019 Ayesha took over as Editor of The Londoner, the Evening Standard’s Daily Diary section, where she distils the latest news and insights from across the capital. Ayesha continues with her hugely popular column for the Evening Standard every Wednesday. Ayesha is a much sought-after political expert and broadcaster after serving as Chief of Staff to Harriet Harman, Labour Deputy Leader and twice Acting Leader of the Labour Party.

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Thu 12 March
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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