Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.
Today we will be looking at a comedy that is one of the UKs longest running comedy shows – The Two Ronnies
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About the Show
Summary of Plot
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 – IMDb
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- David Jason provided the voice of the Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town.
- 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.
- One of the most successful comedy acts on British television.
- Of all the characters Ronnie Barker played, the one nearest to his own was as one of The Two Ronnies.
- Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett never considered giving their popular recurring characters Charley Farley and Piggy Malone their own spin-off show.
- 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).