October 04, 2005

RIP Ronnie Barker

BBC has just announced that Ronnie Barker has died.

Personally I think Barker was involved in two great comedy moments – the 'class' sketch with John Cleese and Ronnie Corbett, one of those great pieces of 60s social satire, and the Porridge series.

And whilst many might dismiss most of the two ronnies stuff, they certainly made christmas a bit more bearable, and produced a few fine moments. Fork Handles and the ordering drinks sketches spring to mind.

Well, it's goodnight from him.

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  1. Ah no, Ronnie Barker was so cool. :(

    04 Oct 2005, 10:10

  2. He was indeed.

    It's easy to forget the impact these guys and gals had in the 1960s, when satire really came into its own with Cook and Moore, Barker, Cleese, That was the week, The Establishment etc.

    Whilst we may remember them more for their cheesy mainstream hits, they were for a time some of the most subversive voices in the media.

    04 Oct 2005, 11:11

  3. Just saw this on the Beeb's website. I was only watching my DVDs of Porridge the other day too. :(

    04 Oct 2005, 11:15

  4. I only just found out that his antiques shop was in Chipping Campden, about 5mins down the road from where I now live. Shame I never popped over.

    Oh well.

    04 Oct 2005, 11:37

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