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Being Ronnie Corbett was essentially an advert for The One Ronnie, a Christmas Day sketch show special

Being Ronnie Corbett (BBC2) proved to be a misleading title: one didn't really get much sense of what it's like being Ronnie Corbett. He seems to enjoy it, even if he has to endure people making reference to his diminutive stature on average every 30 seconds or so. A small price to pay, you might say. I'm sorry.

Instead we were given a fairly comprehensive idea of what it's like working with Corbett, which is apparently great. An impressive range of comedians and entertainers, from Bruce Forsyth to Bill Bailey, were trotted out to extol his professionalism and craftsmanship. At intervals people such as David Walliams and Catherine Tate were put in front of a white backdrop with Corbett and made to gush to his face, which proved awkward for all involved, not least the viewer. »

- Tim Dowling

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