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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
29th May 1960 Born today: Adrian Paul, London England, actor (Dance to Win, Highlander)
29th May 1924 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid/London), dies
29th May 1911 W.S. Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan fame, dies in his lake at Grims Dyke trying to save a girl.
The Buckstone Club
The Two Ronnies met here at the bar in 1963
Location: Theatre Royal Haymarket,, SW1Y 4HT
Description: 'Same again please...' - who would have thought that these would have been the first words muttered between two of Britain's comedy greats. But that's how it happened back in 1963.
Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett met for the first time at the Buckstone Club, situated in a basement on Suffolk Street right behind the stage door of the Haymarket Theatre, where Ronnie Corbett was serving drinks between acting jobs. And what an eventful meeting it turned out to be.
Their first time working together was when they were invited by David Frost to appear in his (then) new show, The Frost Report, with John Cleese.
But the pair's big break came when they filled for a few minutes during a technical hitch at an awards ceremony. Amongst the audience was Sir Paul Fox, the then Controller of BBC One who was so impressed by the duo that they were subsequently given their own show by the BBC.
Their programme 'The Two Ronnies' quickly became one of the most successful and long running television comedy shows ever on British television, averaging around 17 million viewers a show at its peak.
With an array of great writers behind them their sketches were not only ridiculously funny but also brought with them fantastic wordplay.
One of their most endearing and popular sketches was 'Four Candles' (a sketch written by Barker under the 'Gerald Wiley' pseudonym) where Barker walks into a DIY shop and asks for 'four candles' and Corbett gives him the candles. What Barker wanted, however, was 'fork handles - 'andles for forks' (as in pitchforks).
A perfect example of their great comedy minds.
And with their now legendary show ending catchphrase: So it's 'Goodnight' from me; And it's 'Goodnight' from him; Goodnight!
'The Two Ronnies' as they were known will go down in comedy history as two very very funny and clever men who created laughter for all to enjoy.