Broadcast between 13 February 1985 and 20 March 1985 this is season 11 of the Two Ronnies series. Unfortunately, there are only 5 episodes in this season, which is less than the usual 8 and season 10's 6 episodes.
There are the regular news bulletins at the start and end of each show, and the musings of Mr Corbett. Elaine Page is the guest singer on each episode.
The sketches include:
- the doctor of the future
- Russian couple
- neighbours of Lords cricket club aka "could we have our ball back"
- shop keeper and the rich Arab Sheik - a version of fork handles
- the Order of the Golden Rivet aka deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics
- the restaurant
- society for pismronunciation
- upper-class burglars
Other sketches include: the party sketches, pub sketches, yokels and tramps.
Musical numbers are:
- Sermon on sin (Ronnie Barker sing about the sinners of Lower Whitton)
- Only two-man one-man band
- Day at the Races
- Plop of the Flops
-- Steamy Winder (I just called to read your meter)
-- Big Momma (big fat momma)
-- Status Who (the nagger)
- the dancing marionettes
- Cliff Clive and the Jivers aka Glenn Miller as you've never heard him before
- the Alhambra, Southend
This season contains no on-going serial across the episodes, but rather one off stories, including taking well know films and adding their special touch to the retelling. They are:
- "Sunshine Boulevard"
- "Caribbean Nights"
- "I married a Poltergeist"
- "Tinker, Tailor Smiley Doyle"
There are English (only) subtitles and soundtrack, along with English audio menus.
The subtitles seem to have sanitised some of what is said, for example when Mr Barker is singing the "Sermon on Sin" the line he sings is "last week when a woman was asked to contribute to a home for old inebriates" turns into "old and needy", in the first of the parties "watch-ya" becomes "kylla", and so on.
There was a sketch about Japanese that made me uncomfortable, and the comments may cause offence, but this was made more than 25 years ago and, sociologically, things were different then.
It is the shortest season so far, but well worth adding to any collection.
on 9 August 2015
Only five programmes in series 11, but still many funny sketches. Two of their very best are featured - a Flop of the Pops with a hilarious sendup of Status Quo and the Charlie and Bert sketch with Charlie finishing Bert's sentences.Some of the comic dramas are over-extended and the regular singer Elaine Paige sings a collection of songs with dreary arrangements.
The series contains a 12 rating with a description of racist language. This is a total misrepresentation of the content. . The Two Ronnies made fun of people of both sexes and many nations and such a assessment is a slur on their reputation.
But thankfully, most people; regard the Two Ronnies as great comedians and comic actors and will ignore by the judgements of people who lack. basic common sense.
Have a good laugh with a clear conscience, but feel free to fast forward Elaine Paige's contributions.
on 21 August 2014
Some might consider the eleventh series in this classic sketch show to be the weakest in the shows history due to it featuring only five episodes. However this series still features plenty of classic ketches and monologues to enjoy including The Computer Clinic, The Two Burglars, Ronnie Barker's Robert Louis Stevenson monologues and his classic the Grand High Wizard of the Golden Rivet monologue. There are also plenty more classic serials including Sunshine Boulevard, Caribbean Nights and Tinker Tailor Smiley Doyle.