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article imageThe One Ronnie: Comedy icon feels disloyal without late partner

By Andrew John     Dec 17, 2010 in Entertainment
British comedy icon Ronnie Corbett admits he felt a bit guilty doing a Christmas show without his late partner Ronnie Barker, who was the other half of the Two Ronnies.
The pair had been a staple of Christmas comedy on BBC television in the UK till Barker’s death in 2005. The last time they appeared together was in The Two Ronnies Christmas Sketchbook, transmitted after Barker’s death that October.
Several sketches have gone down in comedy history, including the one in the video above, known informally as the “Four Candles/Fork Handles” sketch, in which Barker plays a builder in a hardware shop trying to buy items from shopkeeper Corbett, with hilarious consequences.
But, according to the BBC, “Ronnie Corbett has admitted he felt ‘slightly disloyal’ working on a new Christmas show without his late comedy partner Ronnie Barker.”
The show planned for this Christmas is called The One Ronnie and is in recognition of the veteran star’s 80th birthday. In it he’ll be starring with younger comic talents, and the show has been produced by Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams.
Corbett is quoted as saying: “It [recording the show without Barker] was really quite touching and at the end it was difficult for me not to be saying, ‘And it’s goodnight from me and it’s goodnight from him.’ So yes, it really was quite touching.”
Monologue from a comfy chair
The “goodnight from me” line always ended The Two Ronnies, as Corbett would say, “And it’s goodnight from me” and Barker, sitting alongside him, would say, “And it’s goodnight from him.”
Corbett would also do a monologue while sitting in a big comfy chair. This will be in the 2010 Christmas show.
“Corbett dons a variety of guises,” says the BBC, “dressing as a woman and appearing as an ageing rocker, reuniting with a former band mate played by [Gavin & Stacey writer and star] James Corden.
“Among Corbett’s co-stars are Harry Enfield, Catherine Tate, Rob Brydon, Miranda Hart, Charlotte Church, Robert Lindsay, Matt Lucas and David Walliams,” the BBC adds.
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