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The Many Faces Of...

  • TV documentary
  • BBC Two
  • 2009 - 2016
  • 14 episodes (3 series)

Comedy actors look back at their career, with archive footage and testimony from friends and colleagues.

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The Many Faces Of Ronnie Corbett, Episode 1

Ronnie Corbett is an icon of television entertainment. His starring role in The Two Ronnies has earned him a chapter in the book of all-time comedy greats.

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Ronnie Corbett is an icon of television entertainment. His starring role in The Two Ronnies has earned him a chapter in the book of all-time comedy greats.

But who knew of his first screen role in You're Only Young Twice, or that six episodes of The Two Ronnies were made in Australia?

Like many of his generation, Ronnie had a strong career on stage and was 36 before his first big television break. That was on the groundbreaking Frost Report - a live tinder box of comedy talent that also introduced John Cleese and Ronnie Barker.

Ronnie's comedy is still vibrant. Show business has refused to let him stop working. The list of his modern day collaborators is both lengthy and impressive. Expect to see favourite moments and many surprises in The Many Faces Of Ronnie Corbett.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 1st January 2016
Time
8:30pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
60 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 2nd January 2016 7:40pm BBC2
Tuesday 26th January 2016 12:15am BBC2
Tuesday 26th January 2016 12:45am BBC2 Scot
Thursday 31st March 2016 8:00pm BBC2

Cast & crew

Guest cast
Michael Grade Self
Barry Cryer Self
Matthew Sweet Self
David Baddiel Self
Jimmy Tarbuck Self
Ben Elton Self
Rob Brydon Self
Kathy Lette Self
Susan Penhaligon Self
Aaron Brown Self
Ronnie Corbett Self (Archive Material)
Danny La Rue Self (Archive Material)
Anne Hart (as Anne Corbett) Self (Archive Material)
Sally Phillips Narrator
Production team
Charles Stuart (as Charlie Stuart) Director
Stephen Stewart Executive Producer
Charles Stuart (as Charlie Stuart) Producer
Alan Tyler Executive Producer
Cassie Durham Editor

Press

Radio Times review

No comic actor ever wrinkled their nose or pushed up their spectacles with better timing. Ronnie Corbett's gifts are lauded by a biography strand that's previously given warm tributes to Robbie Coltrane, Les Dawson, Judi Dench and indeed Ronnie Barker. Interviews and clips aim to bring out the secrets behind the success of The Two Ronnies, and Corbett's rather bleak solo sitcom, Sorry!

There's plenty to explore from the years before his TV career: when Corbett appeared on The Frost Report as a fresh-faced, talented newcomer, he was actually 36 and a veteran of the clubs. Before that were his days as a teenage organist - no, that's not the set-up for a Two Ronnies newsreader joke - and his 1952 film debut in You're Only Young Twice.

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 23rd December 2015

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