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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At last, the unabridged version!
After the two rather unsatisfying `best of' DVD's, it was with some satisfaction that I heard this entire series one was being released.
This is where it started, way back in 1971. And although the duo are definitely not firing on all 4 cylinders yet, this is still fine entertainment.
Each episode contains some mixture of the following ingredients:
1) The...
Published on 25 Nov 2007 by Mr. Stephen Kennedy

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2.0 out of 5 stars Better to come
Although I have only given two stars, fans who loved The Two Ronnies will still find it an enjoyable show. Right from the start, the show employed the successful format of News Items, Sketches, Guest Appearances, Drama Mini-Series, Musical Numbers (often with the stars in drag), Clever Word Play and Monologues. Our two stars put in their usual good performances...
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At last, the unabridged version!, 25 Nov 2007
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Mr. Stephen Kennedy "skenn1701a" (Doha, Qatar) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Two Ronnies - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
After the two rather unsatisfying `best of' DVD's, it was with some satisfaction that I heard this entire series one was being released.
This is where it started, way back in 1971. And although the duo are definitely not firing on all 4 cylinders yet, this is still fine entertainment.
Each episode contains some mixture of the following ingredients:
1) The opening prologue, in which the duo deliver `some news items just in'. Hit and miss, but classic humour - you'll be sure to find something to make you laugh.
2) The state of the party - almost every episode had a party sketch - including `bald man at a party' and the man at a party who can't stop hitting people.
3) New World - - the guest musical trio.. and you'll be shocked / amazed just how dated and 70's they are!
4) Hampton Wick - the faux drama serial in which the unbelievably naïve buxom heroine gets into all sorts of situations, most of the displaying her impressive attributes in a Benny Hill sort of way.
5) Tina Charles - please, please, do yourself a favour and skip past this musical guest -a young lady who wears the most hideous outfits known to man woman or beast and belts out come completely forgettable tunes with no grace whatsoever.
6) Ronnie Corbett's monologue - in this series it has to be said few of the monologues have any decent punchlines, and are still stilted and unsatisfying, but they have their moments and introduce the format for what was to come.
7) Various sketches - most of them playing to Ronnie Barker's incredible gift for word plays - the highlight of this entire series is probably his speech to the groom and bride.
8) The occasional cabaret act - not one of them worth watching, I am afraid.
9) The Musical number - actually still witty for the most part, and because they are parodies have not dated badly.
10) And the final epilogue - in which we hear a few jokes on supposed items due on next week, and a few items of late breaking news.

It's not 100% Gold, so treat the 5 star reviews with some trepidation. That's the nostalgia talking. But classic, it is, and worth adding to the collection to get those gems of sketches that cannot be found anywhere else. If only they made the menus easier to find the ones you like! Also - no extras or interviews which would cast an interesting light on the origins of the series. Writers included Eric Idle every week, and some of the other Python members occasionally - it would have been nice to hear something from them now, looking back.
Overall, it is patchy enough to make you wish that you could choose your own `best of' DVD - but that's the beauty of The Two Ronnies.. everyone has their own favourite parts of their repertoire, and while season one is not their high point, it's a great introduction and appetiser for what is to come.
It's an average series then, but raised to 4 stars by the incomparable Ronnie Barker.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Ronnies - Complete at last, 11 May 2007
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D. Campbell (Hampshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Two Ronnies - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
This is a great start. After 2 'OK' compilations, finally, The Two Ronnies gets the release it deserves.

Being series one, there are still some things that need Ironing out, but the basic, great, format is there. Ronnie C is yet to appear totally comfortable with his monalogue and one or two of the sketches aren't as great as many of the later ones, but what does work, really works well.

Many sketches were written by the Monty Python team (John Cleese even appears in a sketch) and Ronnie B.

The mock drama serial isn't the best one they did, but it is all hugely watchable.

And yes the musical/novelty interlude is intact on the episodes. Although you'll have to wait another series or two to hear the phrase - 'and now, Miss Barbara Dixon'

Basically, if you love good british comedy, buy it. If you love The Two Ronnies - why haven't you got it already???????
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's hello from me, and it's hello from him!, 22 July 2014
This review is from: Two Ronnies - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Following their success on David Frost's sketch show The Frost Report, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett were given their very own TV Show 'The Two Ronnies' and there by ranking themselves among the great comedy duos like Morecambe and Wise and Laurel and Hardy.

The first series of The Two Ronnies isn't as sketch heavy as the later series, as it seemed that the BBC were trying out many different things to see what work for the first series. However the first series still features some great sketches and monologues including their first ever sketch 'The Slapping Party' where Corbett attempts to avoid being continuously slapped by a troubled Barker, Barker teaching 'How to Stop Saying Everything Twice', follow ups to the classic 'Class' sketch from The Frost Report featuring John Cleese entitled 'Class: Family Life and Life in the Workplace' and of course Ronnie Corbett's classic 'Armchair Monologues'. This series also features some of their many classic musical numbers including 'Gilbert and Sullivan' and 'The Short and Fat Minstrel Show' and their classic eight part serial 'Hampton Wick'.

Also featuring regular music guest Tina. Charles and New World.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the starting point of a classic show, 6 Oct 2010
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The 8 episodes of this first series were first broadcast from 10 April 1971 to 29 May 1971, this means that the humour is not politically correct by today's standard.

The show was set up as Messrs Barker and Corbett as the main act with 3 additional acts - two regular acts (singer Tina Charles and singing group New World) with a different cabaret act each episode. These extra acts range from slapstick to ventriloquist acts.

It becomes a battle not to hit the fast forward button when they are on. Some of them are excruciating. This was, however, the time of the Good Old Days variety TV show and the BBC appeared to be trying to cash in on this popularity, as the variety style of the show continued for another couple of years.

The serial drama running through the shows is "Hampton Wick" the tale of a young woman in Victorian times starring Melanie Smith.

Sketches include:

- saying everything twice
- don't say baldy
- TV chef
- wedding of hiccups and sneezes - Ronnie Corbett can't help but laugh
- society for the clumsy
- father of the bride
- statistics
- social classes - with John Cleese - similar to the famous Social Classes sketch
- work - with John Cleese - similar to the famous Social Classes sketch

Musical sketches are:

- Jehosophat and Jones
- Gilbert and Sullivan
- Moira McKellar and Kenneth Anderson
- Spoonerism the Musical
- Elizabeth Ha Ha
- Short and Fat Minstrel Show - may cause offence
- Jehosopath and Jones

This was the start of a show which was to become regarded as a classic, and, even though the attitudes are dated and not politically correct, it is still a great show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Laughter, 3 Jan 2014
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The jokes and scenes never get old or less funny, would recommend this supplier ordered last minute and received within two days. Cannot fault.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Ronnies S1, 18 Nov 2013
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Absolutely hilarious, from start to finish. Bought this as a little something to cheer me up, and i have to say, it worked in no time,.

I defiantly recommend any comedy lover to buy this 1970's classic sketch series!
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Goodnight From Me!, 18 May 2007
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This review is from: Two Ronnies - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Having previously owned the two DVD compilations released by BBC DVD, I was really looking forward to this release of the 1971 Series. And, it does not fail to disappoint - it's Barker and Corbett in fine form! It's great to see the shows as originally broadcast, and with all of the musical/variety acts appearing also. I am looking forward to forthcoming releases - it's unbelievable when you see during the end credits just how many top names were writing for the Two Ronnies during Series 1 - Tim Brooke Taylor, Michael Palin, Barry Cryer, to name but a few... Fantastic stuff!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better to come, 25 Jun 2011
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Although I have only given two stars, fans who loved The Two Ronnies will still find it an enjoyable show. Right from the start, the show employed the successful format of News Items, Sketches, Guest Appearances, Drama Mini-Series, Musical Numbers (often with the stars in drag), Clever Word Play and Monologues. Our two stars put in their usual good performances.

The reason for the lowly rating is that the quality of the material warrants it. Some sketches and musical numbers are funny, but a lot of the material is only mildly amusing. The "Hampton Wick" Mini-Series is the worst of all. The lines misfire throughout it and it ends up being a poor man's Benny Hill Show. Some of the guest acts are odd too. You might find yourself laughing at them, not with them. I can only conclude that those reviewers who have given the series five stars are on a nolstagia trip, because to say that comedy doesn't get better than this is as ridiculous as it gets, as many of the later series by The Two Ronnies testify.

If you want to see how one of the finest ever comedy series began, then this DVD will still bring some pleasure. For those buyers looking for the funniest material, go for the later series.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars comedy gold preserved, 27 Nov 2007
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The first series of the iconic duo is just a taste of things to come.
Some of the sketches are a bit dated but what wins through here is Ronnie Barker unriveled play with words and his ablity to emerse himself in any character without effort and Ronie Corbets layed back divlery of a joke which he conveys with ease . The Two Ronies come across as a more acedic alternative to Morcombe and wise. If your a fan of seventies comedy (read comedy a cut above whats forced out today laboured scripts corse humour wit free) then buy this since It will more often then not bring a smile to your face.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy, but reasonably priced, 6 Jan 2009
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Mr. P. D. Humphreys "peedurr" (Swindon, UK) - See all my reviews
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I was really looking forward ro seeing these episodes again, but sadly the first series of The Two Ronnies isn't the best. The two stars aren't as comfortable with their material as they would be later (watch Ronnie Corbett in the spoof news items, he occasionally seems very nervous), and the quality of the sketches isn't as good as later. the 'classic serial' is quite amusing, but still contains the 'wardrobe malfunction' which I couldn't believe I was watching all those years ago. This should have been blurred out. The guest stars and cabaret acts are dire, and that's being polite. So, not the best, but I will be watching all the episodes again.
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