Best Two Ronnies Sketch Page 8

The Two Ronnies. Image shows from L to R: Ronnie Corbett, Ronnie Barker. Copyright: BBC.

The Two Ronnies

Hugely popular and long-running sketch show that established Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker as two of the biggest names in British comedy


Tim Azure

  • Tuesday 23rd July 2013, 12:14pm [Edited]
  • Kent, England
  • 2,037 posts

How good a writer was Ronnie Barker would you say? (AKA Gerald Wiley, Bob Ferris, Jack Goetz, David Huggert and Jonathan Cobbald) This whole thing of wondering whether Wiley was Stoppard, Muir or Bennett. I don't think he was as good as Frank Muir or Alan Bennett for one.

A good parodier, I'd say.


Basil Rathbon

  • Tuesday 23rd July 2013, 2:34pm [Edited]
  • South Yorkshire, England
  • 79 posts

Inspired by this thread, I bought the complete box set on Amazon for £47 last week; not a bad price for 12 series plus the Christmas specials, especially as individual series cost around £7 each.

Link here if anyone else is similarly inspired.

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  • Thursday 25th July 2013, 7:22pm
  • Brighton, England
  • 26 posts

Apologies if it has been mentioned elsewhere in the 8 pages of this thread, but my personal favourite would be the one where the 2 of them are using adjacent payphones, with Corbett ringing his wife and taking her shopping list and Barker phoning his son to find out how his date went, but they end up getting crossed lines to create brilliant results. The Mastermind sketch is priceless too.



  • Sunday 5th January 2014, 8:21pm
  • Coventry, England
  • 21 posts

So many to choose from!

Four Candles
Phantom Raspberry Blower
Opticians Sketch
Piggy Malone & Charley Farley
Christmas Specials
The silent movies (The Picnic and By The Sea)
And the songs they'd sing.

Pure genius.

I've recently purchased The Two Ronnies Complete Collection on DVD so I'm sure I'll have more to put on here


Michael Monkhouse

  • Monday 27th June 2016, 6:56pm
  • Eternal City, Italy
  • 5,386 posts
Quote: Michael Monkhouse @ 29th May 2013, 12:56 PM BST

Two Ronnies' Sweeny Todd musical number existed - Series 9, Ep 3 - and yes, it was a tad harsh. I'm sure it disturbed me at the time but it was probably down to the surprise and to my tender years so I'd like to see it again but it ain't on YouTube and even the repeat was reportedly edited...

Latest ever follow up but yeah, I was right. Vaguely.



  • Tuesday 28th June 2016, 3:10pm
  • England
  • 423 posts

I'm ashamed to admit this but I don't actually like the 'Fork handles' sketch. Maybe it's because it's been seen so many times that it's just lost its appeal to me but while I find it amusing I don't think it's anywhere near the best thing they've done.
Choosing a favourite Two Ronnies sketch would be like trying to choose your favourite child to me (not that I have kids mind you).

It's not a favourite but one that's stuck with me for years was an early musical sketch of sorts where the pair of them are stood round a piano singing with Corbett echoing the last part of the line Barker sang. While they were always being a bit saucy I'm amazed they got the punchline through the censors.

It's been a while since I've seen it so I can't remember the lines at all apart from the pay off but it went something along the lines of.

RB - I saw her by the light
RC - By the light
RB - Of the moon in the sky
RC - in the sky
RB - over that old FAR CANAL
RC - Fancy that?

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Tuesday 28th June 2016, 3:38pm
  • England
  • 17,524 posts

The Optician sketch - never fails with me, especially when RC starts to read out the furniture in the sight test. Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud


Michael Monkhouse

  • Tuesday 28th June 2016, 5:53pm
  • Eternal City, Italy
  • 5,386 posts

What do you call a humourous dog with diarrhea? Runny Barker.



  • Sunday 1st December 2019, 6:03pm [Edited]
  • Newcastle under lyme, United Kingdom
  • 1 posts

Does anyone remember a Two Ronnies sketch where Ronnie Barker asks a young lady to pass the nuts in a pub and she shouts go back to your place, which embarrassed Ronnie B?