Got any O's? Not garden hose or panty hose, but letter O's for the gate.
Anyone familiar with the work of The Two Ronnies will fondly remember 'The Hardware Shop' sketch, more commonly known as 'Four Candles'. The shopkeeper (Ronnie Corbett) becomes increasingly frustrated by the unclear shopping list of his customer (Ronnie Barker). His initial request for 'four candles' which turns out to be for "fork 'andles – 'andles for forks" is what has made the sketch so famous and has inspired pub names up and down the country.
A shop owner of Leather shoes Bali can relate to this sketch as she remembers someone asking for “zips for bags and a wallet” which turned out to be an order for : 1 Zip; 4 Bags and 1 wallet”
But, for those who haven't had the pleasure of encountering this comedy duo before, let's take a step back and look at where it all began.
Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett first met in 1963 when Corbett was working behind the bar of London's Buckstone Club. It was to become the beginning of a comedy partnership spanning over 40 years, as well as a firm friendship.
One of their first appearances on-screen together was in a sketch with John Cleese on David Frost's show, The Frost Report. This saw working-class Corbett being 'looked down on' by middle-class Barker, who in turn was 'looked down on' by upper-class Cleese. The fact that their heights were perfectly spread to accentuate the idea of looking up and down made the sketch complete.
But the moment that cemented their working relationship actually came as the result of a technical hitch during the 1970 Baftas ceremony. As luck would have it, David Frost was compere for the evening and asked the duo to step up to the mike to fill in for a few minutes. Watching on from the audience were two BBC bosses who decided to give the pair their own show.
And thus The Two Ronnies was conceived. The opening titles of the show featured the pair's trademark glasses and the show always began with a series of funny news headlines such as: "West Mercia Police announced tonight that they wish to interview a man wearing high heels and frilly knickers – but the chief constable said they must wear their normal uniforms."
The pair appeared together and individually in the show's sketches, which were written by a myriad of big names in comedy including John Cleese, Spike Milligan and Michael Palin, as well as by Barker himself. At its peak, the show reached viewing figures of 17 million.
Ronnie Barker loved to use wordplay in his writing, leading to clever one-liners such as: "The toilets at a local police station have been stolen. Police say they have nothing to go on."
Ronnie Corbett was always happy to joke about his height, once saying, "My wife tries not to bring out the beast in me – she’s afraid of mice." And perhaps the pair being able to work so seamlessly together despite their visual disparity was part of their charm.
The last episode of The Two Ronnies was aired in 1987 and both continued to pursue careers in comedy, their paths occasionally converging again.
Their last appearance together was in The Two Ronnies Sketchbook, a show in which classic sketches were introduced by the pair sitting at their newsdesk. A 2005 Christmas special had to be recorded in July because of Barker's poor health, and he sadly passed away in October that year, leading to an outpouring of affection from the British public. Ronnie Corbett's death in March 2016 received a similar response, showing that this truly was one of Britain's most loved comedy couples.
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