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Skulduggery
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Posted:I just heard this on the news.
Written by: BBC News
British TV comedy actor Ronnie Barker, who starred in Porridge and The Two Ronnies, has died aged 76.
One of the most loved and respected comedy performers of his generation, he was best known as one half of a double act with Ronnie Corbett.

But he also proved himself as an outstanding sitcom actor and script writer, winning four Bafta TV awards.

Chat show host Michael Parkinson told BBC News 24 he was "one of our very greatest comedy actors".

BBC reporter Charlotte Hume said: "His wife wanted everyone to know that he died at home peacefully."

The actor had a long history of heart trouble.

Last year he was awarded a lifetime achievement Bafta for his TV work.

That led to a return for the Two Ronnies on BBC One, 34 years after the show first appeared on TV screens and 17 years after he had first retired from showbusiness.

Barker also delivered a number of dramatic performances, most recently as Winston Churchill's manservant in the award-winning TV film The Gathering Storm and in HBO film My House in Umbria.

At the peak of his career Barker, along with Corbett, entertained 17 million people every Saturday night.

"He was not just a comic. He had a writer's ear for a good script and was a very good writer himself," added Parkinson on Tuesday.

"He was also a generous performer. He was uneasy with the fame that came with the job.

"He was an object lesson to a lot of people who seek the limelight with half his talent."

Paying tribute Michael Hurll, producer of The Two Ronnies, said: "We will never see his like again.

"You felt safe with him. The whole family could watch him."

He said the comedian delivered "laughs, big laughs, and laughs that you will always remember".

Perfectionist

The BBC head of comedy Jon Plowman said Barker was "just a genius".

"He had an everyman quality and he loved words. He could just do it.

"He was a perfectionist and I think we can all respect that.

"He was an extraordinary guy and an encourager as well as a brilliant performer and writer."

BBC arts correspondent David Sillito told BBC News 24: "In many ways Barker and Corbett were the heirs to Morecambe and Wise."

In an interview with the BBC looking back on his career, Barker once said: "I would like to be remembered as one of the funniest men people have seen on TV."





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Gayle......!
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Posted:frown

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Posted:frown angel

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UCOF
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This is truley a terribl day for Englsh comedy.
I remember being 6 and watchin the Two Ronnies with my mum. I also remember laughing.. lots.

Ronnie Barker, Rest In Peace, our screens wont be the same without you.
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Posted:ubbcrying

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FireByNite
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Posted:Written by: UglyCowsOfFrance

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This is truley a terribl day for Englsh comedy.
I remember being 6 and watchin the Two Ronnies with my mum. I also remember laughing.. lots.

Ronnie Barker, Rest In Peace, our screens wont be the same without you.
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_Clare_
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Posted:frown

Ah well... there goes one of the last vestiges of dubious comedy.


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coleman
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Posted:ubbcrying

isn't all the best comedy dubious?


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_Clare_
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Posted:Yep...

But it's not a bad thing that we've moved away from the sexism, racism and homophobia that made up so much of 70s/80s tv comedy.


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Posted:frown

that man helped me to develop my sense of humor...........along with alot of us im sure.............

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Posted:Four Candles?

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Posted:I remember that sketch so well ubblol biggrin ubblol
My dad loved the Two Ronnies, and I remember time and time again watching and laughing so much at Ronnie Barker. He truly was a funny man.

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simian


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Posted:my favorite was always The Worm That Turned


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"Switching between different kinds of chuu chuu sometimes gives this "urgh wtf?" effect because it's giving people the phi phenomenon."

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Posted:frown frown

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_Clare_
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Posted:The worm that turned was splendid... but so was Porridge biggrin


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RosieMary
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Posted:Thanks for starting the tribute, Skully, Ronnie Barker deserves it. He was of his time so don't anyone get too stressed about sexism/racism etc. Dick Emery was much worse. I'm impressed by the age ranges that remember him. Even here in Oz it was on the news at 6am and they had nearly hour tribute before 7am, not bad at all. I don't suppose anyone of you is old enough to remember that he was often on radio too, as Ron Glum with June Whitfield as Eth and Jimmy Edwards as Dad, and in The Navy Lark with Jon Pertwee (later one of the Dr Whos.)


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You lot in UK are probably going to be lucky enough to see lots of reruns now. biggrin


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Posted:I read about this last night, sad news it was. frown

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Haha, laughed so hard when I first watched that sketch.


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Posted:ubblol

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Posted:I always loved Ronnie. In his memory I'll try and tell a tasteless joke to someone today. frown

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RosieMary
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Posted:Written by: jeff(fake)

I always loved Ronnie. In his memory I'll try and tell a tasteless joke to someone today. frown



Be sure to share it with us. ubblol


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pricklyleaf
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Posted:very, very sad, loved him in poridge, as well as growing p with the two Ronnies

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and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

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Posted:frownplain speaking, so good

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