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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Known for being a perfectionist, Ronnie Barker
monitored David Jason's raspberry's carefully for volume, tone and duration whenever they did The Phantom Raspberry Blower sketch; Barker directed Jason in a sound-booth doing a raspberry version of the 1812 Overture. Jason joked in his autobiography that he would gladly re-stage it at the Royal Albert Hall, and considered "making farting noises into a microphone" one of the most profound jobs he's ever done for the BBC, and he's proud of his contribution to "that little moment of comic history". Barker and Jason became close friends, and Jason believed Barker very wise, and if he thought something was OK, that was good enough. See more
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