Two Ronnies to return to TV

Veteran funnymen The Two Ronnies are returning to the nation’s television screens with a new series after 17 years, the BBC confirmed.

Veteran funnymen The Two Ronnies are returning to the nation’s television screens with a new series after 17 years, the BBC confirmed.

Ronnie Barker, now 74, and his comedy partner Ronnie Corbett, 73, enjoyed huge success in the 1970s and 80s, attracting 17 million viewers at their peak.

After teaming up again for a Bafta tribute show for Barker, screened last week, the pair approached BBC1 Controller Lorraine Heggesey about resurrecting their double act.

A BBC spokesman said: “I can confirm that a new series has been commissioned.

“It was just off the back off the Bafta tribute they did that went out last week. They decided they wanted to work together again.

“The show will feature new sketches interspersed with some of their classic material.”

He added: “We’re very happy that such family favourites are returning to BBC One.”

However, fans will have to wait a while to hear the famous “goodnight from me...” catchphrase again.

The pair have not even started writing new material yet and the spokesman said it was unlikely the show would be ready to air before next year.

The Two Ronnies first worked together on the BBC in 1966 and their first series was broadcast in 1971, the beginning of a 15-year run.

Their songs and sketches – most famously their spoof news items – won legions of fans and the BBC will be counting on their continuing popularity today.

Last week’s Bafta show, which honoured Barker’s career and which was hosted by Corbett, attracted more than 7.5 million viewers despite going up against ITV’s reality smash hit I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here.

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