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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 October 2005, 15:38 GMT 16:38 UK
Ronnie pays tribute to Ronnie
Ronnie Corbett

Ronnie Corbett, friend and co-star with Ronnie Barker for more than 40 years, remembers the comedy actor.

Ronnie Barker was unique because he had this huge array, this panoply of people he could be - voices, characters, looks.

Because he trained as a character actor in rep he had this huge armoury and he was infinitely careful about how each one was developed.

He was quite daunting to try and do a funny voice alongside, I can assure you. They came to him with such ease, and me who was just about good enough to play me, I was easily overshadowed by all these wondrous voices.

He was just an absolutely splendid, uniquely funny person.

He was an absolute joy to work with. He was a pleasure because of all his control, discipline. When we would rehearse we would always come in the following day and know our lines.

Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker
The Two Ronnies series ran for 15 years

The next day we knew the sketches. We worked all our lives like that.

We were on the same wavelength. When we used to get scripts we would mark the top with 'A, B, A minus'.

We would come in the next day and we would have marked them all the same way. We absolutely agreed on what was funny. That was such a great plus, such a benefit.

I loved all his comic creations but I particularly loved Open All Hours. That little shop is still part of today. You can still run into a little shop like that.

I just loved watching him in Open All Hours.

Ronnie Corbett was speaking to BBC News.


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