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Episodes Checklist for The Two Ronnies

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by Chelly Team
February 14, 2020


How could there not be a Best of the Two Ronnies? After all, there isn't any worst. The only conceivable gripe anyone could have with this collection is the usual how-could-they-have-left-out-so-and-so problem that is bound to beset a comedy programme of such high quality. However, pretty much every one of the 25 items on this generously filled release is an unmitigated joy. The duo's talent for quickfire wordplay is well to the fore in such sketches as "Nuts Milord", the phonetic "Swedish Lesson" set in a restaurant ("F-U-N-E-X?" "S, V-F-X.") and in the classic "Ice Cream Parlour", in which Corbett's request for cheese and onion ice cream is met with Barker's endless list of alternatives delivered at auctioneer-like speed. They also excel at manipulating the whole concept of how dialogue works, as in "Crossed Lines" (two halves of two different telephone conversations heard at once) and "Mastermind", in which Corbett's special subject is "answering the question before last". All told this is an unmissable collection; so in the words of the St Botolph's Country Dance Group (featured in the wonderful song-and-dance finale), "Sod off, sod off, so doff your hat I pray".

From 1971 to 1987, and over the course of 12 series and eight specials, The Two Ronnies became one of the great British television comedy shows. Millions of viewers lapped up the sketches of doctors' surgeries, middle-class parties, government ministry broadcasts as well as the regular news headlines, Ronnie Corbett monologues, Ronnie Barker word-play sketches and fabulous comic songs. This selection features some of the best of these including: "The Short-Sighted Optician", "The Ministry for Sex Equality", "The Plumstead Ladies Male Voice Choir" and "News at Ton".

Comedian Ronnie Corbett takes centre stage in this all- star show to mark his 80th birthday. Guests David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Miranda Hart, Rob Brydon, Catherine Tate, Lionel Blair, James Corden, Harry Enfield, Richard Wilson, Robert Lindsay, Jocelyn Jee Esien and Jon Culshaw join in the fun with a series of sketches and routines, while the man himself will be performing one of his signature armchair monologues – written specially by Ben Elton. With music by Charlotte Church.

Documentary charting Ronnie Corbett's long career in comedy, featuring the man himself and the many comedians who admire him.

For the first time ever, the unedited takes of some famous and not so famous sketches from the classic comedy show, The Two Ronnies.

The film followed the extended family of "The General", played by Barker, as they went on an eventful seaside holiday. It was set on the Dorset coast in "Tiddly Cove", actually the coast between Bournemouth and Swanage. Ronnie Barker was a keen collector of saucy seaside postcards, and published several books of them. The humour of By the Sea was very much based on the colourful style of these. The film is notable for being completely free of speech, with the score by Ronnie Hazlehurst and various sound effects in their place. The humour is instead entirely visual, and relies on comic stereotypes (the old randy general, the busty girl, the cheeky schoolboy, etc.). It was the follow-up to another Two Ronnies film, The Picnic, featuring the same characters.

A celebration of the lives and careers of much-loved comedy duo Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett, featuring performances, chat show appearances and rare and long-forgotten archive material. The programme also includes contributions from family, friends and colleagues as the stories behind these two legends of British entertainment are told in their own words and by those who knew them best.

Season 01

Sketches include a man trying to call Interpol and a doctor lecturing on speech impediments. Plus Ronnie Corbett's monologue about antiques and the duo's naughty take on country and western music. Actress Madeline Smith guest-stars in spoof classic serial Hampton Wick. New World and Tina Charles provide the musical entertainment.

Tarzan goes looking for Jane in suburbia, and the pair perform some surprising versions of Gilbert and Sullivan's best-known songs. New World and Tina Charles provide the musical interludes.

A party guest takes offence far too easily, a patient goes to his doctor with a strange health complaint and Ronnie Corbett talks about his childhood in his comic monologue. Spoof classic serial Hampton Wick continues, and ventriloquist Georges Schlick guests.

Comedy sketch programme with Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. A man feels out of place at a fancy dress party and a wedding is marred by mishaps. Meanwhile, in this instalment of Hampton Wick, Henrietta nurses soldiers injured in the Crimean War.

A partygoer tries to ask his host a sensitive question and a patient pays his confused doctor a visit. Plus the duo perform songs from new musical Spoonerisms.

Ronnie Barker makes a charity appeal and Ronnie Corbett's monologue focuses on the humble beginnings of his showbiz career. John Cleese guests in a sketch about the British class system.

A bride's father embarrasses her during his wedding speech, and a job interview takes an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, in spoof classic serial Hampton Wick, Henrietta has become an actress.

A patient visits his doctor with an unusual health complaint. Ronnie Corbett's monologue centres on a holiday to Spain.

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Season 02

There's a mishap at a wedding ceremony and Ronnie Corbett weaves a story about a neighbour. Spoof gumshoe serial Done to Death kicks off with Piggy Malone and Charlie Farley investigating a wealthy woman's murder. Georgie Fame, Alan Price and Elaine Delmar provide the music.

Sketches include a man taking his driving test and a parody of traditional Welsh tunes. Ronnie Corbett makes an astonishing claim in his monologue. Georgie Fame, Alan Price and Friday Brown provide the music.

The duo put a comedic spin on Bizet's Carmen and two party guests try to ignore idle gossip. Meanwhile, in Done to Death, there's another dead body to confuse Piggy and Charlie. Chelsea Brown joins musical regulars Georgie Fame and Alan Price.

Two men change into some unexpected items of clothing once the working day is over. Plus the two Ronnies poke fun at Russian folk songs. Thelma Houston joins Georgie Fame and Alan Price in the musical line-up.

Old friends reminisce at a school reunion, a newsreader has to fill time when there are no stories to report - and the duo decide Strauss waltzes are ripe for a little parody. Georgie Fame, Alan Price and Lynsey De Paul provide the songs.

A man's attempt to buy a pet is harder than it should be. In the musical finale some historical figures, including Queen Victoria and John Brown, burst into song.

Big Jim Jehosophat and Fat-Belly Jones return to sing in the musical finale. In the penultimate episode of Done to Death, Blanche becomes the prime suspect in the murder case. Samantha Jones joins Georgie Fame and Alan Price in the musical line-up.

Sketches include Post-hypnotic Suggestion and Vicar Heckler. In the last instalment of Done to Death, Piggy and Charlie lay a trap for the killer. The musical finale sees the duo pay tribute to ballroom dancing. Georgie Fame, Alan Price and Salena Jones provide the music.

Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett star in a special Christmas programme of sketches, jokes and songs with special guest Cilla Black featuring The Young Generation, Lulu, Mike Yarwood, Adrienne Posta, The Liver Birds, The Goodies and Dad's Army.

Season 03

Dinner at the house of Messr.s Barker and Corbett, but, oh no! someone's stolen the Christmas Turkey! It'll take a brilliant mind and loyal companions to aid the capture of this thief. Too bad all they've got is Piggy Malone. Featuring several News items of interest, some wonderfully choreographed dancing, and a brilliant compilation of the new works by a duo called Sullivan and Gilbert performed by our oh so generous hosts.

Season 04

Sketches include The Watchmaker, Spokesman from the Ministry of Information, the first instalment of Death Can Be Fatal and a musical version of Coronation Street. Music by Swingle 11.

Sketches include The Driving Test, Swedish Made Simple and the second instalment of Death Can Be Fatal.

Sketches include Rhyming Detectives, The Cinema and part three of Death Can Be Fatal. The musical finale is a revue performed by some policemen.

Sketches include Spoonerisms and part four of Death Can Be Fatal. Michel Legrand performs "Theme from Summer of '42". In the musical finale the Ronnies sing songs from "Oh What A Lovely War" as John Mills and Mrs. Mills.

Sketches include Stars at Night, Party Without Guests and another installment of Death Can Be Fatal. Michel Legrand plays one of his compositions and the Ronnies perform with the Aldershot Brass Ensemble.

Sketches include The Minister of Inflation and the sixth part of Death Can Be Fatal. The inexperienced actors of The Meadowfield Players put on Weekend in Mayfair.

Sketches include The Newsreader, The Similar Party Guests and part seven of Death Can Be Fatal. Michel Legrand plays one of his songs and The Plumstead Ladies gossip in song.

Sketches include The Rook Restaurant, Jolly Rhyming Birthday Cards, Scottish Tourism and the final part of Death Can Be Fatal.

Season 05

Sketches include The Cockney Rhyming Slang Sermon, The New Butler and Dr Death. There's the first part of The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town (written by Spike Milligan) and a Native Indian musical number.

The second part of 'The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town', a Getaway Programme about Slough, This Week's Bad Cause and songs by Barbara Dickson, Nana Moussaka and Charles Azenough.

This episode includes the classic 'Four Candles' sketch, the introduction of Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales in 'The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town' and a musical number featuring two char ladies.

Sketches include 'An Appeal For Women' and 'All In A Day's Berk'. Barbara Dickson sings another Beatles classic and the Ronnies join some Morris Dancers.

Sketches include 'The Drinks Order' and 'June 9th 2001 News'. In the serial Scotland Yard tries to catch the Phantom Raspberry Blower with some fake Queen Victorias. Music comes from Barbara Dickson and Jehosophat & Jones.

Sketches include 'The Ministry of Sex Equality' and 'Cricket Commentators at a Restaurant'.

Sketches include 'The Royal Society For The Prevention of Mispronunciation' and 'Stage Directions'.

In 'The Day After Tomorrow's World' Ronnie Barker presents the kitchen of the future. Plus the Arbroath Pipe Band and the final instalment of 'The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town'(by Spike Milligan and a gentleman).

Season 06

Sketches include 'The Optician' and 'The Pub'. There's the first instalment of a new Piggy Malone and Charlie Farley serial, 'Stop, You're Killing Me', and music from The Nolan Sisters and Pete Cutters & the Boggers.

In Stop! You're Killing Me, Piggy and Charlie arrive at Drake's Bottom, the village where all the dead yokels come from. Welsh miners perform in the musical finale.

Sketches include a customer asking a salesman for some strange ice cream flavours. Ball and Socket spoof Hinge and Bracket in the musical finale.

A man comes to regret visiting his colleague's home, and a gangster tries to net a ransom payout. In the musical number, an amateur dramatics company perform a 1920s musical comedy.

In Stop! You're Killing Me, Piggy and Charlie plan to investigate the lord of the manor, but first they must do a spot of ghosthunting. The Two Ronnies perform with steel band The New Sensations in the musical finale.

Two rhymesters meet at a party. In detective spoof Stop! You're Killing Me, Piggy and Charlie don disguises to get close to the manor house to speak to the lord of the manor.

Two schoolfriends are reunited at an exclusive club for adventurers. In the penultimate instalment of Stop! You're Killing Me, Piggy and Charlie uncover strange goings-on at the local church.

Sketches include an appeal on behalf of the indecisive. In the final part of Stop! You're Killing Me, Piggy and Charlie have almost cracked the case of the yokel murders and the gold smuggling operation, but first they must flee danger in a thrilling bicycle chase.

More comedy, sketch and song with masters of mirth, Ronnies Corbett and Barker.

Season 07

A man gets more than he bargained for when he goes in search of McCleary's Gold, and a shopkeeper boasts that his store stocks every kind of bean imaginable. Manhattan Transfer provide the music.

More comedy, sketch and song with masters of mirth, Ronnies Corbett and Barker. Special guests are Manhattan Transfer who sing Snooty Little Cutie.

Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker star in more comedy sketches and songs, including more from Sid and Lil, and George and Edie.

More droll news items and comedy sketches, including a spoof dog food commercial. Manhattan Transfer bring the music.

Sketches, songs and monologues with Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker. The duo dress up again for musical finale Down Mexico Way.

Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker star in sketches, songs and monologues. Manhattan Transfer provide the music, while the Kamikaze Theatre Company perform in a different sort of musical finale.

A spokesman argues for independence for Ruislip, and a notorious film comes in for some mockery in Last Mango in Paris.

Light entertainment comedy show. Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett present sketches and spoofs while Manhattan Transfer bring the music.

Season 08

Season 09

Christmas entertainment from Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett, with special guest David Essex.


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