THE WHOLE NINE YARDS
Director JONATHAN LYNN created and co-wrote every episode of the acclaimed
BBC political comedy series "Yes, Minister" and its sequel "Yes,
Prime Minister." The series received numerous accolades including three
BAFTA Awards, two Broadcasting Press Awards and two Pye Television Awards. In
1987, Lynn won the BAFTA Writers Award. In the United States the series won the
CableACE Award for Best Written Comedy Series on cable television, having been
nominated the previous year.
In addition, Lynn and his partner, Antony Jay, were honored by a Special
Award from the Campaign For Freedom Of Information, presented by Lord David
Owen, and by honorary degrees from the University of Sheffield, England.
Lynn wrote three best-selling books, The Complete Yes, Minister and Yes,
Prime Minister, Volumes 1 and 2, based on the series. All went to number one on
the London Sunday Times bestseller list. The Complete Yes, Minister was in the
top 10 best sellers for 106 weeks. Between them, the books have sold well over a
million copies in hardback, were top 10 bestsellers for three years and have
been translated into numerous languages. The Complete Yes, Minister and Yes,
Prime Minister, Volume 2 were the 2nd and 3rd British bestsellers of the decade
Jonathan Lynn directed the film "My Cousin Vinny," a critical and
commercial hit in 1992. Marisa Tomei, discovered in this film, won the Academy
Award for Best Supporting Actress. Lynn's 1990 film, "Nuns on the
Run," which he also wrote, starred Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane. It won
the Golden Cane Award at the Festival de Comedie in Switzerland.
His 1993 film, "The Distinguished Gentleman," starring Eddie
Murphy, was ahead of its time. It was about the corrupting power of the
lobbyists in Washington DC and the need for campaign finance reform. His 1994
film, "Greedy," starred Michael J. Fox and Kirk Douglas, and
"Sgt. Bilko," in 1995, starred Steve Martin. "Sgt. Bilko"
reached the number one spot in video rentals. His most recent film was
"Trial and Error," starring Michael Richards, Jeff Daniels and
Born in Bath, England, Lynn has a degree in Law from Cambridge University. He
never practiced law, but became an actor and musician. His first job in show
business was in a theater orchestra in London's West End. His first credit as a
writer was the 1973 British film "The Internecine Project," starring
James Coburn, Lee Grant and Keenan Wynn. His first novel, A Proper Man, was
published in 1976 and his recent writing includes the novel Mayday
(Viking/Penguin) and the British television film Life After Life. He wrote his
first film, "Clue," and has recently completed a screenplay based on
his novel, Mayday.
Lynn has also enjoyed notable success on the British stage. In 1987 he
directed his own company at the National Theatre of Great Britain, eventually
moving his centenary production of George Abbott's "Three Men On A
Horse" to the West End. Once there, it won the 1987 Olivier Award for Best
Comedy. His 1979 musical, "Songbook," won the Society of West End
Theatres Award and the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical. From 1977 to
1981 Lynn served as Artistic Director of The Cambridge Theater Company, where he
produced more than 40 plays, directing 20 of them himself. Other notable London
productions include Georges Feydeau's "Little Hotel On The Side" at
the National Theatre, translated by John Mortimer; "The Glass
Menagerie" (working with Tennessee Williams); Shaw's "Arms and The
Man"; Eric Idle's "Pass The Butler"; Joe Orton's
"Loot"; and Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie" at the Royal
Shakespeare Company, in both Stratford-upon-Avon and London.
An accomplished actor, Lynn has had leadi
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