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 »
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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

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Два Ронни  »

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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. See more »

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Ronnie Barker: I say, Humphrey.
Ronnie Corbett: What is it, Godfrey?
Ronnie Barker: Who was that terrible woman you were with today?
Ronnie Corbett: That was my sister.
Ronnie Barker: Oh, yes! Of course! I should have noticed the resemblance. Just got married, hasn't she?
Ronnie Corbett: Yes. Yes. And do you know, she's married a man who, invariably, people take an instant dislike to.
Ronnie Barker: Oh? Why is that, do you think?
Ronnie Corbett: It saves time. She's just moved to Cheltenham. She loves Cheltenham. She says, in Cheltenham, breeding is everything.
Ronnie Barker: Yes, well, we enjoy it in Kensington as well, but we're...
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"And In A Packed Programme Tonight..."
4 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

When Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones spoofed 'The Two Ronnies' in a 'Not The Nine O'Clock News' sketch entitled 'The Two Ninnies', it didn't work because a) it wasn't funny and b) it was inaccurate. Ronnie Barker's beautifully crafted song parodies did not use words like 'titty' and 'bum', and never did. Smith and Jones brought out the dire 'Morons From Outer Space' in 1985, and can count themselves lucky they weren't on the receiving end of similar abuse from Corbett and Barker. Its twenty years since the series ended ( barring compilations ) but 'The Two Ronnies' is still a joy to watch. These gentlemen had an unmistakable on-screen chemistry. My favourite bits were the filmed items, such as the 'Piggy Malone' and 'Charley Farley' serials. Some of the humour hasn't aged very well admittedly, but its stood the test of time a lot better than 'The Young Ones' and 'Not The Nine O'Clock News'. Must throw in a quick mention of 'Four Candles' - has me in fits each time!


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