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Ronnie Corbett's funeral to take place in south London next week

11 April 2016 6:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Final farewell to The Two Ronnies star will take place on Monday with church service followed by wake at golf club

The world of entertainment is set to bid a final farewell to Ronnie Corbett at his funeral next week.

Famous faces will gather alongside other friends and family as the 85-year-old’s life is remembered in a church near his south London home on Monday.

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Ronnie Corbett: small but perfectly hilarious | Letters

3 April 2016 12:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Mark Lawson (And it’s goodnight from him…, 1 April) suggests that for “most of the time” during the run of The Two Ronnies, Gerald Wiley’s material was chosen without Ronnie Corbett knowing that this was a pen name of Ronnie Barker’s. Not so. Gerald Wiley’s identity was revealed to all when this new and successful but strangely uncontactable writer invited David Frost and Corbett and the madly intrigued production staff of Frost on Saturday (Lwt) to a Chinese meal. Ronnie Barker stepped forward to fill the empty chair. That was in 1968, The Two Ronnies began in 1971.

Ian Davidson

Script associate, Frost on Saturday; Script editor, The Two Ronnies

• While not normally a wearer of rose-tinted glasses, I find myself oddly saddened by the death of Ronnie Corbett. He seems to represent a kinder, gentler Britain in which it was possible, without a shred of malevolence or serious discrimination, »

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The Observer view on Ronnie Corbett

2 April 2016 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A comic genius who also helped the next generation

Bidding goodbye to a great comic talent inevitably inspires nostalgia, and the death of Ronnie Corbett has opened a floodgate. Torrents of affection for a whole era of television – an era that has recently spent time helping the police with their inquiries – have suddenly been released. Corbett’s heyday has been justly celebrated as unembarrassedly silly and all-embracing. It might be technically correct to point out that when The Two Ronnies were drawing 18 million viewers on a Saturday night there were not many channels on offer, but if their show had not provided warmth and laughter, the nation would have switched off.

The family audience was a broad club back then. There was an assumption of shared taste that may have alienated some important groups, and yet to become that unglamorous-sounding thing “a prime-time staple” the Ronnies’ double act had to be open and welcoming. »

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Ronnie Corbett, ‘The Two Ronnies’ Star, Dies At 85

31 March 2016 9:36 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Ronnie Corbett Cbe, the British entertainer best known for comedy sketch show The Two Ronnies, died Thursday. He was 85. Ronnie Corbett Dies “Ronnie Corbett Cbe, one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family,” Corbett’s publicist said in a statement, according to the BBC. “They have asked that […]

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Ronnie Corbett Dies: Veteran British Entertainer Was 85

31 March 2016 6:24 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A fixture of British television for over 50 years who was best known for BBC comedy sketch show The Two Ronnies, veteran comedian and actor Ronnie Corbett has died at the age of 85. His publicist said today, “Ronnie Corbett Cbe, one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family.” The BBC reports he had been in ill health for some time. Corbett was an institution who, along with Ronnie Barker, formed a hugely successful… »

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Ronnie Corbett obituary

31 March 2016 5:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor and comedian who became a national treasure as partner to Ronnie Barker in The Two Ronnies

“I was lying in bed with my wife last Sunday morning when she called me by a special pet name,” said the actor and comedian Ronnie Corbett, during a monologue on the TV show The Two Ronnies. “‘Hey, Shorty,’ she said, ‘would you like to hear the patter of little feet?’ Somewhat taken aback, I replied: ‘Yes, I would.’ She said: ‘Good. Run down to the kitchen and get me a glass of water.’”

It would be wrong to suggest, though, that Corbett’s huge role in British TV comedy from the 1960s onwards was due only to him playing on his diminutive stature. Over the years, Corbett, who has died aged 85, and his long-term professional partner, Ronnie Barker, created some of the most memorable and frequently repeated moments in British comedy.

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It’s goodnight from him: Ronnie Corbett’s funniest jokes - video

31 March 2016 5:36 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Watch a selection of some of Ronnie Corbett’s most memorable moments on screen. The comedian died on Thursday morning at the age of 85. He first appeared on television screens in the BBC’s Frost Report in the 1960s but he was best known for his partnership with Ronnie Barker in sketch show The Two Ronnies.

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Share your tributes and memories of Ronnie Corbett

31 March 2016 5:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

We’d like to hear your tributes to an entertainer and comedian whose work transcended generations

Ronnie Corbett, one of Britain’s most popular entertainers, has died aged 85 surrounded by his family.

Corbett was a staple of British television for more than 50 years and will be particularly remembered for his rambling monologues which went off at wild tangents on The Two Ronnies.

In our business you have to have your armoury ready before the chance of a break. You’ve got to be able to sing a bit, dance a bit, perhaps play the piano and remember lines. If someone says, ‘We’ve got a job for you’, you don’t want to say, ‘Bugger, I can’t do that.’ You have to be prepared.

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