Talk:The Two Ronnies

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Barker on the initials of BBC TV[edit]

In a Two Ronnies comedy skit, Ronnie Barker once explained that on-screen warnings would now appear on broadcasts in Britain.

Using a magnetic board and letters as a visual aid, Barker said that from now on a "V" would appear for violence, a "BB" for big bosoms, and "CT" for curvaceous thighs.

Barker further stated that while these warnings would appear singularly from time-to-time, they of course would NEVER all be used simultaneously. While saying this, he was looking at the audience while inattentively attempting to clear the letters to the sides of the magnetic board, but accidently moving the letters into an arrangement that spelt out BBCTV.

72.82.208.18 15:02, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

Er, thanks for that. (?) Bob talk 15:05, 29 August 2006 (UTC)


Humphmeister's little known second symphony[edit]

who knows the name of the fabulous sketch in which Barker plays a BBC critic who eventually finds out that he is in the wrong concert hall? also, is it available anywhere? --Bernie 21:06, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

It's Goodnight From Him[edit]

I'm sure I have heard Ronnie B say (or it could have been written somewhere) that he loathed the newsreader scenes as he had to play himself. He was really only comfortable appearing in public when playing a character. Hence the 'him' in the line is this 'other' Ronnie Barker, the one doing all the work in the rest of the show. Crucially from an encyclopaedic point of view, I can't remember where or when I came across this and therefore can't provide a citation.217.154.66.11 12:49, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

This point is made several times by Ronnie C in his bigraphy of the Two Ronnies, "And It's Goodnight From Me".Mike1971inter 12:05, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

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BetacommandBot (talk) 02:42, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

The Obvious Ending For This Page[edit]

and it's goodnight from this Wikipedia contributor... 86.25.122.57 (talk) 17:09, 31 May 2009 (UTC)

Mini-series[edit]

It might be useful to have a table of which mini-series went with which series. For rather complicated reasons I could go into, I think that "The Worm that Turned" and "Band of Slaves" could have been a series earlier than they make out. PatGallacher (talk) 13:54, 17 October 2010 (UTC)

On further investigation I think these dates may be right after all, but this suggests that there was no min-series with series 7. Can someone clarify? PatGallacher (talk) 15:08, 15 December 2010 (UTC)

I believe that the final series actually featured "mini-films" - can' remember all of them, but the only one that springs to mind is "Pinocchio 2: Killer Doll", in which the woodcutter (Barker) creates a second Pinocchio doll (Corbett) who goes on the rampage killing everybody in sight - most of them were pastiches of real films.

Arthurvasey (talk) 08:47, 26 March 2011 (UTC)

Edited episodes aired in the USA?[edit]

Some PBS stations aired the first few seasons, but the episodes were edited to fit into 30-minute time slots. All of the celebrity guest songs and the mystery serials appear to have been deleted (I think the only "special guest" that ever aired was John Cleese, in a sketch where he, Barker, and Corbett compared upper, middle, and working-class lifestyles); pretty much every episode's format was, the opening news segment, the first sketch, a second sketch (usually with just Barker), Corbett's monologue in the chair, the musical production number, and the closing segment. -- That Don Guy (talk) 17:18, 17 December 2010 (UTC)

The sketches with John Cleese were from The Frost Report".

Arthurvasey (talk) 08:49, 26 March 2011 (UTC)

Two Ninnies script[edit]

The article did have a link to the complete script of the Two Ninnies, the controversial parody. This link has become dead, I have found another copy of the script online, but the link is being blocked as it is on a spam blacklist. Any advice on how to proceed? PatGallacher (talk) 06:09, 3 June 2011 (UTC)

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“The Phantom Raspberry Blower”[edit]

The detail of the writing of this serial seems a little off. It should mention that the serial is an expansion of a one-off comedy play, originally written by Milligan, shown in the series “Six Dates With Barker” in 1971, and in which Barker starred. Although credited on screen to “Spike Milligan and a Gentleman”, the serial version was adapted by Ronnie Barker alone (although somewhat confusingly this happened under the guise of his pen-name Gerald Wiley: as with all his writing for the screen, Barker submitted the scripts “anonymously”). Barker was adamant that writing with someone else just did not work for him, the only time he tried it being with Barry Cryer, and the partnership lasted but a day. The details can be found in Bob McCabe’s “The Authorized Biography of Ronnie Barker”, (BBC Books, 2004). Jock123 (talk) 11:59, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Great, why not add this yourself then? Bob talk 23:17, 27 January 2015 (UTC)