The Two Ronnies

BBC (ended 1986)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 12 : Ep 8

    The Two Ronnies Night

    Aired 7/16/99

  • S 12 : Ep 7

    The Two Ronnies Christmas Special

    Aired 12/25/87

  • S 12 : Ep 6

    Episode 6

    Aired 2/1/86

  • S 12 : Ep 5

    Episode 5

    Aired 1/25/86

  • S 12 : Ep 4

    Episode 4

    Aired 1/18/86

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ronnie Barker


  • Ronnie Corbett


  • Peter Wyngarde

    Sir Guy de Michelin

  • John Rutland


  • Claire Nielson

    Wife at party

  • show Description
  • A show which gripped the funnybones of the UK for years, and which has also proved a big hit across the seas. Starring ever shrinking Ronnie Corbett, who recently admitted sex manuals have helped his love life (he stands on them) and Ronnie Barker, owner of the Guinness world record for least number of people fitted into a telephone booth. According to legend, the duo were presenting the BAFTAS and a technical hitch occurred. They covered so well that producers offered them their own show. In 1971, they signed contracts with the BBC to record a series of shows called The Two Ronnies.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (140)

    • Ronnie B: The BBC have asked us to deny that they're making too much of their historical series. Ronnie C: On BBC One there's the third repeat of "The Six Wives of Henry VIII". Ronnie B: On BBC TWo there's the eighth repeat of "The Three Wives of Henry VI". Ronnie C: On BBC Three there's the sixth repeat of the second part of the third episode of "The Five Wives of Henry V, Part Two". Ronnie B: This will be followed by the brand-new BBC Two series "Henry VIII Meets Abbott and Costello".

    • Ronnie C: Next week, we'll interview Boris Godunov, Boris Not-Quite-Good-Enough. Ronnie B: And Boris Absolutely-Useless.

    • Ronnie C: And we leave you with a warning to motorists. Take great care on the Neason flyover as it hasn't been built yet.

    • Ronnie C: I could sit here and tell you all about my childhood. How I was found on the doorstep. Well, not really on the doorstep because the door opened outwards. I was found halfway across the road.

    • Kenneth Anderson (RC): After our last appearance together Moira and I had thousands of letters from Scottish folk all over the world. And three of them actually had stamps on them.

    • Ronnie B: Downing Street. Mr. Edward Heath had a meeting with the Cabinet today. He also spoke to the bookcase and the chest of drawers.

    • Captain Featherstone (RC): I was quite tall for a boy of eight. I still am.

    • Captain Featherstone: Day in, day out, nothing but blood and dying men. Blood and dying men. How much longer do they expect me to stick it? Henrietta: How long have you been out here? Captain Featherstone: Since Tuesday.

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    Notes (18)

    • Ronnie Barker wrote this season's serial, using the pen name Gerald Wiley.

    • The parody of Gilbert & Sullivan uses the melody and some of the lyrics of the following songs: Three Little Maids, On A Tree By A Little Tom-tit, For He's Gone To Marry Yum Yum (The Mikado), For He's An Englishman, I'm A Little Buttercup and We Sail The Ocean Blue (HMS Pinafore).

    • This thirty-minute programme was part of a night of specials. Other elements were episodes of Dad's Army, Look - Mike Yarwood, The Liver Birds and The Goodies.

    • Additional material by David Nobbs, Spike Mullins, Peter Vincent & Dick Vosburgh.

    • The variety act in this episode is Tut and his Flying Kitchen.

    • This episode ran for 60 minutes instead of the usual 45 minutes.

    • This season marked the first time there was not a Christmas special.

    • The Fred Tomlinson Singers provide the musical background.

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    Trivia (12)

    • In his monologue Ronnie Corbett tells the audience that he has an antique shop on the side. In reality Ronnie Barker opened such a shop after his retirement from show business in 1988.

    • This is offically the first episode introducing both Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.

    • Goof: In Hampton Wick Ronnie Corbett has to pop open a bottle of champagne. The sound comes in on time but the champagne refuses to appear on cue, which clearly makes Corbett laugh.

    • David Prowse, who plays the husband in the pub sketch, would become famous a few years later as (the body of) Darth Vader in "Star Wars".

    • Though historical accuracy is not expected in 'The Phantom Raspberry Blower', it should be pointed out that Queen Victoria never called her son Edward. Edward VII only took that name when he became king. Before then he was known as Bertie.

    • A photograph of the 'Ball & Socket' sketch is used as illustration on the DVD of series 6.

    • In 'The Piccadilly Scheme' Ronnie Barker does something that rarely occurs in his sketches: he reacts to the audience groaning about a lewd pun and improvises a line.

    • This is the first Christmas Special since season 3.

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    Allusions (9)

    • One of the biggest laughs in this episode involves a newspaper headline "Woman Found On Heath". Although it refers to the body on Hampstead Heath, a nearby photograph of Edward Heath gives it a double meaning. Edward Heath (1916-2005) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time of the first broadcast. The joke gets its extra power because Heath was one of the few unmarried men ever to be Prime Minister.

    • Ronnie C: At one time, if you became successful in this business, you married Ava Gardner. Now you buy a racehorse. This is a rather unfair joke at the expense of Ava Gardner (1922-1990). Famous for her love affairs, she did 'only' marry three times: to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra. Rooney and Shaw, on the other hand, each married eight times, Sinatra four times.

    • When the two Ronnies escape Colditz they find themselves in "Butlitz". This is an obvious take-off on Butlins, the British holiday camp organisation.

    • Ronnie B: We're very glad to say that General Amin has just purchased 26 episodes of the BBC programme Pot Black, under the impression that it's a cooking programme. Pot Black was a BBC programme, started in 1969, about snooker. The game with coloured balls was considered ideal for colour television. General Idi Amin Dada ruled over Uganda from 1971 until 1979.

    • Servant: (discovering the name "St Michael" inside some underwear) St Michael was a famous British saint. He was often to be found inside people's underwear. St Michael was for a long time the brand name of underwear manufactured and sold by Britain's largest retailer, Marks & Spencer.

    • In the final comedy song the Ronnies play John Mills and Mrs Mills in a spoof of "Oh What a Lovely War". John Mills (RC) acted in the film version of that stage show. Mrs Mills (RB) was a succesful, though dowdy, pianist specialised in easy listening.

    • The play "Weekend in Mayfair" is written by Noel Forward, an obvious spoof of Noel Coward (1899-1973)

    • While policemen dress up as Queen Victoria to attract the Phantom Raspberry Blower, the real monarch plays 'Charley's Aunt' on the stage. Charley's Aunt is a classic 1892 farce by Brandom Thomas which involves a man pretending to be someone's aunt.

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  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • If it were possible this show is one of the shows I wish we could bring back. To try and replace the original two Ronnies would be impossible. There are no two comedians like them. They certainly are one of a kind.

    By ihavenotwin, Nov 03, 2008

  • The Two Ronnies is a true television classic.

    By D-LinkUK, Nov 29, 2006

  • Dam good show, another outstading British Comedy. Officially cementing England as the Country of Comedy.

    By Kiwi_799, Apr 23, 2006

  • The Two Ronnies

    By gdwwe, Jan 13, 2006

  • British comedy at its finest. Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett star in what I can undoubtedly say is the funniest TV program that I have ever seen in my life.

    By king786, Oct 04, 2005

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