The classic BBC comedy series starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett
In 1971, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett teamed up for their first BBC series, a comedy show that would run for 16 years and become part of British television history. The two comedians, although never previously a double act, complemented each other perfectly in appearance and style and their material, written by some of the top comic writers of the era, rarely failed to raise a smile and reduced many to hysterics.
The structure of each show, framed by the pair reading spoof news items, soon became familiar to millions of viewers. Every episode might include party, doctor or other situation sketches, mock-adventure serials, regular musical guests, Ronnie Barker's magnificent word-play speeches, a rambling monologue from Ronnie Corbett, guest cabaret acts and a musical extravaganza finale. Each part savoured by audiences that averaged around 17 million at the show's peak.
The first series was broadcast in the UK in 1971. Among the many highlights of the eight episodes were the 'Bald Man at a Party' sketch, a sequel to the famous 'Class' sketch with John Cleese, the period drama mini-series 'Hampton Wick', Ronnie Barker's 'Appeal on Behalf of the Society of the Very Clumsy' and musical appearances from Big Jim Jehosophat and Fat-Belly Jones.