For television, Jonathan’s writing credits include dozens of episodes of various comedy series but he is best known for the phenomenally successful, multi-award-winning BBC series YES MINISTER and YES, PRIME MINISTER, co- written and created with Antony Jay.
Jonathan authored the bestselling books THE COMPLETE YES, MINISTER and THE COMPLETE YES, PRIME MINISTER, which cumulatively sold more than a million copies, have been translated into numerous languages and are still in print nearly 30 years later. His novel MAYDAY (1991) is being re-published by Endeavour Media and his latest books COMEDY RULES (Faber and Faber) and SAMARITANS (Endeavour) both received rave reviews. About SAMARITANS, the Sunday Times said: "This is a book George Orwell would have approved of."
As Artistic Director of the Cambridge Theatre Company, he directed 20 productions, producing 20 others, 9 of which transferred to the West End.
Most recently in London he directed two plays he wrote: YES PRIME MINISTER at The Gielgud and then The Apollo, and THE PATRIOTIC TRAITOR at The Park.
His numerous awards include the BAFTA Writers Award, Writers Guild (twice), Broadcasting Press Guild (twice), NAACP Image Award, Environmental Media Award, Ace Award –Best Comedy Series on US cable, and a Special award from the Campaign for Freedom of Information.
A play of YES, MINISTER was planned for production in London in 2020, and will be staged after the pandemic.