ON THIS DAY, 1929...
On 25th September, Ronnie Barker was born. Barker was a British actor and comedian, best known for his work in British television and radio, particularly for his roles in three popular comedy shows: "The Two Ronnies", "Porridge" and "Open All Hours".
The Two Ronnies: Ronnie Barker partnered with Ronnie Corbett to create "The Two Ronnies," a sketch comedy show that ran from 1971 to 1987. The show featured a mix of sketches, musical performances, and humorous monologues. Barker and Corbett became iconic figures in British comedy during this time.
Porridge: Ronnie Barker also starred in the sitcom "Porridge," which aired from 1974 to 1977. In this show, he played the character Norman Stanley Fletcher, a prisoner in a British jail. The series was well-received and is considered one of Barker's most memorable roles.
Open All Hours: is a sitcom that originally aired from 1973 to 1985. The show featured Ronnie Barker in the leading role as Arkwright the owner of a small, corner grocery store in the fictional town of Balby, South Yorkshire. It follows the daily life and interactions of Arkwright, and his nephew and errand boy, Granville, played by David Jason.
In addition to his television work, Ronnie Barker was known for his talent as a writer and performer. He had a successful career in various aspects of entertainment, including radio, film, and stage. His contributions to British comedy have left a lasting legacy, and he is fondly remembered as one of the great comedians of his era.