John Fortune died on 31st December. I probably first saw him as Major Saunders in Yes Minister in 1982: he and his partner John Bird doing their unscripted – but terribly well-researched – double-talk were always the best part of Bremmer, Bird, and Fortune.
Rory Bremmer said:
John Fortune “had the most beautiful brain of any man I’ve ever known”.
Bird and Fortune on government policy on asylum and immigration:
He even once or twice made John Bird laugh:
“Not only was he a very funny person, he made me funny.”
I'm so sorry to let you know that my friend John Fortune died this morning. Lovely man, dear friend, brilliant & fearless satirist.
— Rory Bremner (@rorybremner) December 31, 2013