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Not quite goodnight from Ronnie
Ronnie Corbett
Ronnie Corbett said he loved working in "trendy TV"
Comedy star Ronnie Corbett has no plans for "good night from him" for a good while yet, he told an audience at the Hay festival.

He hopes to follow up his cameo appearances on Extras and Little Britain.

He said Rob Brydon and David Walliams were talking about writing a new comedy series about an old people's home.

"I'm the only man - the Hugh Hefner of the old people's home," said the 76-year-old to a sell-out crowd.

He added that he loved working in what he termed "trendy TV".

The Two Ronnies star, who has already guested in Little Britain, said: "Rob Brydon and David Walliams are talking about writing a series in an old people's home full of old ladies.

"They're brothers - Rob has given his brother his kidney when they were youngsters and now he wants him to give it back."

Of being asked to lampoon himself in Ricky Gervais' Extras, in a skit "sniffing powder" behind the scenes at the Baftas, he said: "Anne my wife wasn't sure..but my daughter said: 'You must.'"

Biggest laughs

"But it was sealed when I heard that Moira Stuart was to be my 'supplier!'"

He added of Gervais: "With Stephen Merchant, they're such a team, they really enjoy what they're doing and what other people are doing but they take it very seriously."

Corbett praised the BBC3 comedy Gavin and Stacey, which he said was "very funny" although he said it was a pity how much new comedy was "tucked away on BBC3 and BBC 4".

One of the biggest laughs came when Corbett was asked did he realise his event was being sponsored by the local nursing home.

"Are they going to let me go home do you think?" he quipped.

Promoting his memoirs, And It's Goodnight From Him, he fondly recalled his partnership with Ronnie Barker - they met when Corbett, behind the bar, served him a gin and tonic at an actors' club in London.

"He was sure that I was standing on a beer crate," he said.

The long and the short of it, is that it led to a 16-year series, with the duo pooling their backgrounds - Corbett in pantomime and musical comedy and Barker in rep.

"He learned vaudeville...and I learned a little bit of character acting and voices from him."


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