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The Two Ronnies Collection [DVD]
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The classic BBC Comedy series starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.
From 1971-87, over 12 series, four Christmas specials and two classic silent films, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett combined to produce one of the most popular television comedy series ever made.
From their introduction, “And in a packed programme tonight...” to the “Goodnight from him” finale, viewers savoured every moment. The ‘Four Candles’ and ‘Mastermind’ sketches, the Piggy Malone and Charley Farley stories and the hilarious musical numbers have a special place in viewers’ hearts, but these series are packed with so many moments of comic genius.
This collection contains 93 full episodes of The Two Ronnies, their acclaimed silent comedy films By the Sea and The Picnic as well as The One Ronnie, Ronnie Corbett’s 2010 sketch show featuring Harry Enfield, Catherine Tate, Rob Brydon, Miranda Hart, Matt Lucas and David Walliams.
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In addition to Ronnie Barker's contributions, writing as Gerald Wiley, the series also employed some of the best writing talent around, such as David Nobbs, Michael Palin & Terry Jones, Barry Cryer, David Renwick and John Sullivan. This meant that they were able to maintain a high standard over such a long run - by the time they called it a day in 1987 they had made nearly 100 editions of the show.
It's interesting that when watching the series in order, it takes a little time to bed in. The first series in particular is a little uneven, with both of the Rons seeming nervous at times. This is quite surprising, as by this time they'd been performing together for a number of years.
Over the course of the next few series, the quality of the programme gradually increases until by series five, transmitted in 1976, you get one of the strongest set of episodes in the whole run. Spike Milligan's serial "The Phantom Raspberry Blower Of Old London Town" and the Fork Handles sketch are two obvious reasons why this run of episodes is so fondly remembered.
By the late 1970's the quality dips slightly, and it's interesting to see subtle changes in the series' format for the later runs of episodes produced in the 1980's. The running serial is dropped, the musical sketch is moved from the end of the show to the middle, and the shows now close with glossy one-off tv and film spoofs. These changes, plus some new writers, ensure that the last few series are all pretty strong.Read more ›
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.
I got this for myself as a Christmas present and although, the earlier series are in the same format, as the later ones, ie news, sketches, musical pieces and guests, after Series 3 they really get "into their form" The "guest artists" on the first 3 series didn't impress, but I suppose, that was what Saturday night TV was like in the 70's, with little known guests trying to get on to TV. To pick a "favourite" Series would be too hard, on me, and the Two Spectacled Ones. I have watched a couple of episodes each night for the past couple of weeks, and always brings a smile, although as has been said, they have been repeated a few times, to watch in your own home, when & however, is a joy. I used to think that Ronnie C didn't contribute as much as Ronnie B, but having watched most of the episodes now, I can say, that I was wrong in thinking that.
My set arrived arrived in good order & NO discs missing. It's a pity that the blurb on the back of each DVD is nearly the same, maybe a booklet with it would have made a better package? But still, no complaints from this addict. Anyone who doesn't find 90% of this package funny, needs a big sense of humour transplant! 27 Discs, for just over £50, you can't go wrong. Buy it, you won't be dissapointed.
Their first series was shown in the year I was born so I'm guessing I didn't really see them until 1977 as I remember the Charley Farley and Piggy Malone series - Stop You're Killing Me (with Kate O'Mara).
I bought this box set so I can see the programmes and series I didn't get to watch and to watch the ones I have seen, again
There are too many sketches to mention but Four Candles, The Mastermind Parody, You Can Say That Again (where Corbett (as Bert) hesitates when speaking and Barker (as Charlie) finishes his sentences), It's a Duck (Corbett (as Sid) tries to convince his friend George (played by Barker) that a duck he has bought is actually an Argentinian racing pigeon.
Some of the word play and sketches may be frowned upon now but doesn't take anything away from the brilliant writing and performances that will always make this set a Classic.
A must have for anyone's collection
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Purchased and put away for my father in law for Christmas , he's going to love itPublished 1 month ago by M. Jubb
It was very good to be able to get my hands on the full 2 Ronnies collection. The one drawback on the dvds are that the chapters generally combine more than one segment as opposed... Read morePublished 1 month ago by H Adam