Comedian Ronnie Corbett is back on the BBC this Christmas.

To celebrate his 80th birthday, Ronnie Corbett will host The One Ronnie as celebrity friends help him out in this all star sketch show. This will be the first time that Ronnie has fronted a show like this for the Beeb since the death of his comedy partner.

Ronnie Barker had been his comedy co-star since the early 70s, until his death in October 2005. The Two Ronnies show comprised of sketches, songs and parodies. The show was watched by millions and landed several Christmas specials. Corbett recently attended the unveiling of a bronze statue of his old mate Ronnie Barker.

While they had huge success on the BBC it was over on ITV that the pair were first ‘put together’ for a sketch. David Frost and his Frost Report satirical series saw Barker and Corbett teamed up in several sketches across the LWT production. BBC Entertainment execs liked what they saw – and secretly lured them over to BBC One, little did the Beeb bosses know ITV had just axed the pair – the rest is of course history, and indeed comedy gold.

The Two Ronnies aired on BBC One from 1971 to 1988 and Corbett and Barker reunited in 2005 for one final series, with new jokes wrapped around classic sketches.

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