The Two Ronnies

Season 3 Episode 5

Series 3, Episode 5

Aired Saturday 8:15 PM Nov 22, 1973 on BBC
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Series 3, Episode 5
Sketches include The Falling Accountant, How To Build a Garden Shed and a spoof on Jason King. Music by The New Seekers.

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  • A real variety show.

    This is a prime example of what The Two Ronnies were all about. I can't think of any other show with two stars that could be so varied. Solo sketches proved that the Ronnies didn't need each other, but the ensemble pieces worked so well. Though none of the Monty Python writers were involved in this particular episode, you still sense the same comedy style. The Jealous Husband could be a Cleese-Palin sketch, as would The Falling Accountant. In the How To Build a Garden Shed sketch Ronnie Barker enters Benny Hill territory (without the sexism). The news items are music hall jokes, Corbett's monologue a classic stand-up bit. The weakest part of this episode is the Jason King spoof, perhaps because the show it spoofs isn't that famous anymore. The Pan's People dance number can only be described as "completely surreal". Some twirling women in a forest?moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • 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".

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Ronnie B: Also in the show tonight, we were to have had the dance group The Five Foolish Virgins. Unfortunately, during rehearsals, we found out that two of them were really quite clever.

    • Ronnie C: When I was born, I was so ugly that I never had a birth certificate. I had an invoice.

    • Ronnie C: As a child I led a very sheltered life, but I was fortunate that the first school I ever went to was a pretty soft school, you know, for pretty soft kids. Good heavens, at St Pansy's Primary School you could have a reign of terror with a balloon on a stick.

    • Miss Wilberforce (RB): I have two bullet-firing revolver mechanisms fitted into the cups of my false bra. You've got a couple of .38s pointing right at you!

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