The Two Ronnies: Ronnie Corbett's Lost Tapes, review: an … Wed, 14 Jul 2021 21:00:00 +0100-On 31 March 2016, Ronnie died at Shirley Oaks Hospital in Shirley, London, surrounded by his wife and children. Tributes immediately flooded in for the comic …
KNOWN for being part of the duo the Two Ronnies, Ronnie Corbett was a comedy legend.
He left friends, family and fans in mourning when he sadly passed away aged 85.
When did Ronnie Corbett die?
On 31 March 2016, Ronnie died at Shirley Oaks Hospital in Shirley, London, surrounded by his wife and children.
Tributes immediately flooded in for the comic legend, with John Cleese saying that he had “the best timing” he had ever watched.
The late Sir Bruce Forsyth said Ronnie’s death marked “one of the saddest days of my life”, while close friend David Walliams, said that he was his “comedy idol.
Ronnie’s funeral was held on April 18, 2016 at the St John the Evangelist Church near his home in Shirley.
What was Ronnie’s cause of death?
The entertainer had been suffering from ill-health for some time.
He been in hospital in 2014 with gall bladder problems.
Ronnie died from motor neurone disease which he was diagnosed with having in March 2015.
What is Ronnie Corbett best known for?
Ronnie was one of the UK’s best-loved comedians.
Along with long-time collaborator Ronnie Barker, he was best known for the show The Two Ronnies.
Their double act was one of the most successful of the 1970s and ’80s.
When did Ronnie Corbett die and what was his cause of death?… Wed, 14 Jul 2021 21:00:00 +0100-Ronnie Corbett's friends and family – and Robbie Williams – were filled with warm memories of the comedy giant.
Oh, how the theme music to The Two Ronnies takes me back. Ronnie Hazlehurst’s orchestra, the warm applause, and then the sight of those two bespectacled figures sitting behind their desk and greeting us with the warmest of smiles. It transports me to Saturday nights at my grandma’s house all those years ago. Turns out that the same happens for Robbie Williams, who was one of the talking heads in The Two Ronnies: Ronnie Corbett’s Lost Tapes (ITV).
Celebrity contributors in programmes such as these can give the impression that the TV company has corralled whichever mildly famous person happened to be passing the studio at the time. Not here. Everyone featured had a sincere and abiding love of Ronnie Corbett. They included a host of younger comedians whose careers he supported, including Rob Brydon and Harry Hill. Brydon, very sweetly, still kept a voicemail from Corbett on his phone. Hill had a recording of a joke that Corbett had left on his answering machine, which was brilliantly funny and wouldn’t get past today’s BBC comedy commissioners in a month of Sundays.
It was a wonderfully affectionate tribute. The lost tapes of the title were home videos of Corbett with his wife and children, many of them capturing fun family holidays. As Brydon noted: “There is something about it being on cine film that makes it so much more atmospheric – so much like a memory.” His wife, Anne, daughters Emma and Sophie, and grandchildren all appeared here to share their memories of the man, who died in 2016. They clearly adored him.
As with all fine comedians, of course, Corbett put the work in and paid fierce attention to detail. And he paid his dues in showbusiness, performing at West End clubs with Danny La Rue before being spotted by David Frost, who teamed him with Ronnie Barker. Famously, they appeared with John Cleese in The Class Sketch. Michael Grade explained its significance: “It was the first time that the sheer hilarity of the class system had ever been portrayed on television.”
Many comedians that we have loved over the years turned out to be troubled geniuses wrestling private torment. Thankfully, this was not the case with Corbett. Nor were there any terrible revelations that Corbett and Barker didn’t get on. They were soulmates, one of his daughters said. There was a great moment when Barker appeared as a guest on An Audience with Ronnie Corbett in 1997, a decade after Barker retired. “Who was the nicest person you ever worked with?” asked Barker. “I should think Basil Brush,” Corbett replied. The set-up, the timing, the chuckle at the end: perfect.
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– July 14, 2021
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