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The Two Ronnies (TV Series 1971–1987) Poster

(1971–1987)

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A sketch featuring The Two Ronnies impersonating DJ and presenter Jimmy Savile was subsequently edited from the BBC's 2012 DVD release "The Complete Collection" following posthumous revelations that Savile was the UK's most prolific sex offender.
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David Jason provided the voice of the Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town.
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Former Doctor Who (1963) lead actor Patrick Troughton (the Second Doctor) played the Judge in the Courtroom Quiz sketch of the 1984 Christmas Special. Doctor Who regular Nicholas Courtney (the Brigadier) also appeared in a 1973 episode. Ronnie Corbett would later star opposite Elisabeth Sladen in the Doctor Who spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007).
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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.
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One of the most successful comedy acts on British television.
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Spike Milligan wrote the Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town and David Jason provided them (which he claims to be a master at); years before, Milligan made out a treasured autograph to a then unknown Jason.
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Known for being a perfectionist, Ronnie Barker monitored David Jason's raspberries 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.
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Ronnie Barker could slip in and out of each character effortlessly.
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In 1979, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett took their families to Australia for a year, for job opportunities and to avoid the British Labour government's 83% top rate of income tax, which had been introduced in 1974.
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Of all the characters Ronnie Barker played, the one nearest to his own was as one of The Two Ronnies.
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When describing Ronnie Barker's death in his autobiography, David Jason said "Goodnight from him", alluding to Barker's signature line on the show.
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The "Space War" musical sketch in Season 8 is a parody of George Lucas' "Star Wars". Ronnie Barker as C-3PO and Ronnie Corbett as R2D2.
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The Phantom Raspberry Blower sketches were written by Spike Milligan and the Raspberry sound effect was provided by David Jason.
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The Phantom Raspberry Blower sketches are parodies of Jack the Ripper.
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Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker worked on other TV shows and film productions between seasons of the show during its 16 year run.
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For the "Star Trek" parody sketch, due to Ronnie Corbett's height, it was written in the script that Captain Kirk (Corbett) had gotten smaller due to an alien force and the alien force had caused Spock (Barker) to get big and fat. However, a special camera effect was set to up to make Corbett taller.
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The swear box sketch was voted as "One of The Two Ronnie's funniest sketches."
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The Swedish Made Simple sketch was voted "One of The Two Ronnie's funniest sketches".
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The Worm That Turn sketches are a parody of George Orwell's "1984".
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Matt Lucas and David Walliams states "The Two Ronnies" as one of their influences behind "Little Britain".
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Diana Dors played The Commander in the Worm that Turns sketches, which was broadcast 4 years before her death on 4 May 1984 at age 52.
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"The Phantom Rasberry Blower" was originally written as a plot for "The Goons" radio series.
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Ronnie Corbett passed away 10 and a half years after Ronnie Barker.
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The recurring regular characters Piggy Malone and Charley Farley from the Piggy Malone and Charley Farley serials were never given them own spin-off series or one-off special.
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In the musical number sketch, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett would take a well known song and change the lyrics. One of the songs that the Two Ronnies would use and change the words to was the Nursery Ryme "This Old Man (Knick-knack Paddy-whack).
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The show was mocked in another BBC sketch comedy show "Not The Nine O'clock News", which Mel Smith played Ronnie Barker and Griff Rhys-Jones played Ronnie Corbett.
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One of the UK's longest-running comedy shows on television next to "Red Dwarf", "Peep Show", "Only Fools and Horses", "My Family", "Last of the Summer Wine, "ChuckleVision", "Bodger and Badger", "The Benny Hill Show", "Are You Being Served" and "Allo 'Allo!".
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Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett never considered giving their popular recurring characters Charley Farley and Piggy Malone their own spin-off show.
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