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Titans of comedy
on 3 January 2015
The term 'timeless classic' is bandied around far too often, and not always deservedly so. Usually, we apply the title to anything that is old, but still popular, if only with a niche audience.
The Two Ronnies: The Complete Collection is a GENUINE timeless classic. The comedy is as fresh and funny as it was forty years ago; if it has aged, then it has done so marvelously.
Detractors might accuse TTR:TCC of being racist or sexist, but one would have to be shamelessly petty-minded to be offended by anything on offer here - everything is just far too cleverly done. Ronnie B's wordplay and sense of the ridiculous was second-to-none, and Ronnie C's comic timing is right up there with the likes of the wonderful Dave Allen.
Interestingly, The Two Ronnies were callously lampooned in the late 70s and early 80s by the 'in' comics of the period, like Fry & Laurie, Smith & Jones, the Not the 9 o'clock News crowd, Alexei Sayle and Ben Elton, who all believed that TTR were passe. Ironically, it is THEIR comedy which now seems dated and a bit naff, while Ronnie and Ronnie still enjoy enormous popularity. There's justice for you.
As for the boxset itself: it isn't quite the 'complete' collection as certain scenes have been omitted due to their references to the likes of Jimmy Savile and other shamed celebrities (though a Gary Glitter sketch remains, curiously), but this shouldn't detract from your viewing pleasure. All the truly great stuff is here.
The packaging is nice and sturdy, and conveniently compact, so it will fit easily on the shelf. If it doesn't, make room - you'll be glad you did.