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 ... See full summary »
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



12   11   10   9   8   7   … See all »
1987   1986   1985   1984   1983   1982   … See all »
5 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Open All Hours (1973–1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Arkwright is a tight-fisted shop owner in Doncaster, who will stop at nothing to keep his profits high and his overheads low, even if this means harassing his nephew Granville. Arkwright's ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronnie Barker, David Jason, Lynda Baron
Porridge (1973–1977)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay
Doing Time (1979)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Clement
Stars: Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay
Steptoe and Son (1962–2016)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Classic 1960s British comedy series about a thirty-something year-old man named Harold and his elderly father, Albert, who work as rag and bone men (collecting and selling junk). Harold is ... See full summary »

Stars: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Frank Thornton
One Foot in the Grave (1990–2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Victor Meldrew is a retiree who attracts bad luck. If he's not driving his long suffering wife Margeret crazy with his constant moaning, he's fighting with neighbors.

Stars: Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Doreen Mantle
Rising Damp (1974–1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Popular sitcom set in a seedy bedsit lorded over by the mean, vain, boastful, cowardly landlord Rigsby. In each episode, his conceits are debunked by his long suffering tenants.

Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington, Frances de la Tour
Going Straight (TV Series 1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Following his release from Slade prison, Fletcher tries to stick to the straight and narrow, but it isn't easy!

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Patricia Brake, Richard Beckinsale
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

BBC Television comedy detailing the fortunes of Reginald Iolanthe Perrin. Disillusioned after a long career at Sunshine Desserts, Perrin goes through a mid-life crisis and fakes his own ... See full summary »

Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Pauline Yates, John Barron
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973–1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Accident-prone Frank Spencer fails to navigate the simplest tasks of daily life, while also trying to look after his wife and baby.

Stars: Michael Crawford, Michele Dotrice, Jessica Forte
Spitting Image (1984–1996)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A satire show using puppets that are charicatures of major public figures.

Stars: Steve Nallon, Kate Robbins, Chris Barrie
Harry Enfield and Chums (1994–1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

BBC sketch show that while continuing to show the misadventures of a series of popular characters now also introduces a slew of new oddballs and misfits for us to enjoy including Tory Boy and The Lovely Wobbly Randy Old Ladies.

Stars: Harry Enfield, Kathy Burke, Paul Whitehouse
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Mel Smith
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Himself / ... (93 episodes, 1971-1987)
...
 Himself / ... (93 episodes, 1971-1987)
Edit

Storyline

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 Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 April 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Два Ронни  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker worked on other TV shows and film productions between seasons of the show during its 16 year run. See more »

Quotes

Ronnie Corbett: This is rather a special evening, because it is exactly ten years ago tonight when she sad, 'I do'. Which certainly surprised me, because I didn't think she did.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Red Dwarf: All Change - Series III (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Not quite the greatest, but pretty darn good
12 January 2009 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

As for many Brits of my age, they were the standard Saturday night fare of my teens, and the show produced some of the classic sketches listed by others - although I noticed that nobody mentioned the recurring "Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town", including the delectably-endowed Maddy Smith and written by Spike Milligan.

The format was slick, predictable, and gave both performers the chance to exercise their differing talents (I recently watched a couple of episodes and was surprised to find that Corbett's "sit-down chat" seems to have dated the least). As with all sketch shows though, the quality varied, and some of the later editions strained for laughs a bit. Luckily for you young 'uns, you don't have to plough through the dross to get to the gems, because they *are* memorable. All you have to do is say "Four candles" to someone of my generation, and they know what you're talking about.

I'd put it in the second rank of British comedy - in the mix with Dave Allen and Benny Hill and just a smidge behind Morecambe and Wise. Not quite up there with Python or Blackadder, but good wholesome fare done by a couple of real old pros.


1 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page