Long running BBC comedy show consisting of sketches and humourous musical routines involving the large Ronnie Barker and the small Ronnie Corbett. Most sketches involved both men, but occasionally only the one. Barker was excellent at fast talking and complicated dialog. Each week Corbett would tell a short joke and in doing so he'd digress and tell a dozen or more unrelated jokes on his way to the main punch line. Each series contained a mini comedy series as well as characters that'd return weekly. Also on the bill would be a musical piece from a well known singer/group. Written by
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The series was commissioned by the BBC's light entertainment executive Bill Cotton
and BBC One controller Paul Fox
after they were impressed by seeing Barker and Corbett give an impromptu performance together at the 1970 BAFTA awards while it was being delayed by technical problems. See more
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