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Original script of Two Ronnies' 'fork handles' sketch to be auctioned

Penned by Ronnie Barker, the single sheet – handwritten in red ink – is expected to fetch up to £40,000 at auction

A rare slice of British comedy history is up for grabs with The Two Ronnies’ original “fork handles” script due to go under the hammer.

Penned by Ronnie Barker, the single sheet – handwritten in red ink – is expected to fetch up to £40,000 at auction. The famous sketch employs wordplay to comic effect when Barker’s character goes into a hardware store, run by Ronnie Corbett, with a seemingly simple request for “fork handles”, and ends up with four candles instead.

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Celebrating the movies of Keanu Reeves

Kirsten Howard Feb 17, 2017

Keanu Reeves, as much as any actor of his generation, has left a legacy to be proud of. We take a look back at his career.

Much like his character in the John Wick films, Keanu Reeves is a man with very little to lose.

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Often maligned for his lack of range as an actor, or dismissed as merely a vaguely goofy action star, every misstep that Reeves has taken throughout his career has come from an enviable ability to consistently take risks. Despite every effort to pigeonhole him, Keanu Reeves just won’t be told what he can and can’t do.

Born in Beirut to a showgirl and a geologist, Reeves is also a rabid
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Reliving the joys of an 80s TV Christmas

Jenny Morrill Dec 20, 2016

Russ Abbot, Bullseye, Noel Edmonds and a film we all watched in the same room. Christmas TV was more exciting in the 80s...

Cast your mind back to when Christmas Day wasn't about Doctor Who followed by sticking something on Netflix until it was time to go watch the annual fist fight outside the pub.

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In the 80s, Christmas was about seeing which fantastic fare the TV had decided to bless us with. Of course, the more prepared among us knew this well in advance, having eagerly pored over the Radio Times/TV Times to check that Jimmy Cricket's Family Laugh 'n' Waz would be shown. There it was – right after Reflections On The Eucharist With The Reverend Paul Leyland.
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David Walliams and the rise of comedy infidelity

Gone are the days of inseparable pairs like Eric and Ernie … by taking multiple partners in his new sketch show, Walliams proves that the future of laughs lies in speed-dating

Ernie Wise was a talented and admired comedian, but the last part of his career hangs over showbiz as a warning. During the 15 years that he outlived Eric Morecambe, the sawn-off half of Morecambe & Wise never found a replacement partner.

Being half of a former double-act is the artistic equivalent of widowing: those who loved you as a couple may struggle to adjust to you single or – even worse – with someone new. Sometimes the severance is actually caused by bereavement, and sometimes by unsynchronised retirement: carrying on after Ronnie Barker quit The Two Ronnies on health grounds, Ronnie Corbett remained permanently in work but would always seem to be followed by a shadow.

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Fred Tomlinson obituary

My uncle, Fred Tomlinson, who has died aged 88, was a singer, conductor, composer and musicologist who will be remembered for his involvement, via the Fred Tomlinson Singers, with such shows as Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Two Ronnies, Dad’s Army and Only Fools and Horses (among many others). But there was much more to his life and career.

Born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, into a musical family, he was the youngest of four children of Fred, a factory foreman, and his wife, May (nee Culpan), a teacher. Fred senior was a keen amateur musician who founded and conducted the Rossendale male voice choir. One of his brothers was the composer Ernest Tomlinson, my father.

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

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

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

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

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

Ronnie Corbett Dies: Veteran British Entertainer Was 85
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

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

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

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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Reginald Perrin creator David Nobbs has passed away, aged 80

Writer David Nobbs has passed away at the age of 80, the British Humanist Association has confirmed.

Nobbs was best known for creating the comic television character Reginald Perrin, played in the BBC series by Leonard Rossiter.

Nobbs created the BBC sitcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, which ran between 1976 and 1979, from his series of novels.

The novels follow the story of a middle-aged middle manager, Reginald "Reggie" Perrin, who is driven to bizarre behaviour by the pointlessness of his job.

The Yorkshire-born writer also provided material for The Two Ronnies, Ken Dodd and Frankie Howerd.

Nobbs wrote over 20 novels during a prolific career that spanned nearly 50 years.

Watch a clip from The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin below:
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Tim Key Q&A as it happened

Enigmatically droll comedian Tim Key is in Edinburgh with his show Single White Slut, and hes answered your questions from what it was like being trussed in tinfoil for the Alan Partridge movie to considering wrestling with Shaun Murphy on a snooker table onstage in Sheffield

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And with that, Tim heads off into the Fringe. His show Single White Slut is at the Grand until Monday 25 August thanks to him and to everyone who asked questions.

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Gingification asks:

If I could only watch one show at the fringe this year with slut in the title, which show should it be?

One with that in the title would be Single White Slut. 9.40 at The Grand. One without would be Monsieur Butterfly, by Alex Horne. I watched it last night and it blew my mind. He's at 8.10, so we don't clash.

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What is the best rhyme for wooden?
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Ant & Dec, Two Ronnies: Who is the UK's favourite double act?

The British public's top ten favourite double acts have been revealed.

Britain's Best Loved Double Acts - a celebration of the UK's favourite pairings - will air tomorrow night (April 12) on Channel 5.

Entertainment and comedy duos - such as Ant & Dec and The Two Ronnies - will feature, plus twosomes from the worlds of music, animation, drama and sport - including Chas and Dave, Zig and Zag, Dick and Dom and Andi Peters and Emma Forbes.

Digital Spy can reveal who has made the top ten - though you'll have to tune in at 7.15pm on Saturday to find out which order they come in, and which duo has claimed the top spot.

The top ten list is as follows...

Tom and Jerry

Wallace and Gromit

Torvill and Dean

Morecambe and Wise

Scott and Charlene

Fry and Laurie

Ant & Dec

The Two Ronnies

French and Saunders

Del Boy and Rodney
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Former Inbetweeners prepare to take flight with Chickens series premiere

Simon Bird and Joe Thomas write and star in the brand new, first world war Britcom with their longtime collaborator Jonny Sweet

They make for an unlikely combination − two of the stars of the Britcom phenomenon, The Inbetweeners, and Barry Humphries, about to embark on his swansong tour as Dame Edna Everage.

But little about Sky1 sitcom Chickens has been run of the mill: a pilot version of the first world war comedy was originally broadcast on Channel 4 but the station decided not to proceed with a series. Big-spending Sky then beat the BBC to the show, which will now take flight with a six-part run beginning on Thursday.

Simon Bird and Joe Thomas, who starred in Channel 4's The Inbetweeners, wrote and star in the sitcom with their university friend and longtime collaborator, Jonny Sweet.

They play three men left behind during the first world war in
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Vic and Bob: an appreciation

Feature Ryan Lambie 8 May 2013 - 07:00

With their sitcom House Of Fools recently announced, we celebrate the enduring comedy brilliance of Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer...

Readers of a certain age may remember the first time they saw Vic and Bob on television. For some, it may have been the 25th of May 1990, the fateful night "Britain's top light entertainer and singer" Vic Reeves burst onto screens with an absurdly fast, lounge-act rendition of The Monkees' I'm A Believer. In the background, his cohort Bob Mortimer looked on admiringly, dressed in the stovepipe hat and vast sideburns of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

For many viewers, this was a first glimpse inside the strange world of a comedy duo who'd already garnered a cult following in London pubs and clubs in the mid-1980s. Having impressed the likes of Jonathan Ross and Alan Yentob with their surreal, apparently semi-improvised comedy, Vic and
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Ronnie Corbett collects 'pretty' Cbe honour: 'I shall treasure it'

Ronnie Corbett collects 'pretty' Cbe honour: 'I shall treasure it'
Ronnie Corbett has collected his Cbe from the Queen at an investiture ceremony in Buckingham Palace. The Two Ronnies star was recognised for his services to charity and the entertainment industry in the New Year Honours list. "It's very pretty," the 81-year-old said of his medal. "It's a very lovely honour. I shall treasure it." Describing his brief conversation with the Queen as a "lovely experience", Corbett said: "She told me, 'You make people laugh'. I think she's remarkable for her age." (more)
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Doctor Who thing of the day: the woman who would have been Sarah Jane

I had no idea that Elisabeth Sladen was not the first actress cast to play Sarah Jane Smith alongside Jon Pertwee’s Doctor. Apparently not many people knew at all. From Radio Times: How it could have been: nearly 40 years later, the secret of who was originally cast as Doctor Who's Sarah Jane Smith has been revealed. It was April Walker, best known for myriad guest roles in Fawlty Towers, The Two Ronnies and Yes, Minister. ... Doctor Who producer Barry Letts cast Walker when Katy Manning left the role of Jo Grant, the Doctor's previous companion, and she worked in rehearsals for The Time Warrior. But allegedly the pairing of Pertwee's Doctor and Walker's Sarah Jane didn't work: she was a tall and more obviously strong character, along the lines of Pertwee's first companion, Liz Shaw (Caroline John). It's believed that Pertwee was unhappy with the decision but it
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