Ronnie Barker con Fork Handles: The Bery Vest of Ronnie Barker: 1
With a foreword by Ronnie Corbett.
Loved by millions and collected here for the first time is the very best of Ronnie Barker’s classic sketches, monologues, songs and, of course, the brilliant two-handers that he wrote for The Two Ronnies. Celebrating his genius for comic wordplay, this wonderful collection includes ‘Pismonouncers Unanimous’, ‘An Appeal for Women’ ‘Swedish for Beginners’ and the nation’s favourite sketch, ‘Fork Handles’.
As talented a writer as he was performer, Ronnie Barker was behind the best known Two Ronnies’ material. His comedy writing was so prolific that he began using the pseudonym Gerald Wiley while working on Frost on Sunday, which he continued when making The Two Ronnies, so eager was he to ensure that his writing was judged on its merit alone.
Showcasing the work of a true comic icon, and one of the best writers and comedians of the twentieth century, Fork Handles is every bit as warm and funny as Ronnie Barker himself.
"My favourite comedian" (Peter Kay)
"A huge talent" (David Jason)
"One of the most memorable, greatest performers of the television age" (Michael Grade)
"A true icon of situation comedy and character comedy and there was nobody to my mind to touch him" (Nicholas Parsons)
"[Ronnie Barker] had this extraordinary ability to make the nation laugh, probably more often than anyone else I know" (Michael Palin)
From the Back Cover
In the golden age of Saturday night entertainment, seventeen million people regularly tuned in to watch The Two Ronnies. The tightly-scripted sketches, speeches and songs relied on clever wordplay, hilarious puns and surreal plots. On screen Ronnie Barker’s impeccable delivery and comic characters were key to the show’s success, but what few realise is that he was also responsible for the brilliant scripts at the heart of it all.
Early in his career when he was writing and performing sketches for Frost on Sunday, Barker began submitting much of his material under a pseudonym, to make sure it was judged on its own merit. He particularly delighted in writing caricatures of British life, like bumbling toffs, dim-witted yokels and bosomy barmaids and, although he disliked crude humour, Barker was the master of cheeky innuendo.
Even after his death Ronnie Barker’s comic genius continues to entertain generations of the British public and inspire a whole range of modern comedians. Collected here for the first time is a definitive selection of his very best work.
One of the greatest entertainers of his generation, Ronnie Barker was loved by millions for his roles in classic shows Open All Hours, Porridge and The Frost Report. Born in Bedford in 1929, Ronnie Barker began writing and performing in radio shows such as The Navy Lark. Barker met his comedy partner Ronnie Corbett while working on The Frost Report. Legend has it that they were signed up by the BBC after they impressed producers by filling in when a technical hitch occurred during the BAFTA awards. A gifted character actor as well as comedy writer, Barker went to star in classic sitcoms Open All Hours and Porridge.