The UK's favourite comedy channel, Gold, has commissioned The Two Ronnies Spectacle (3 x 60') from North One Television. Exclusive to Gold, the series will give comedy-lovers a charming insight into two of Britain's most interesting and well-loved double acts and will include rarely seen footage of the duo.
The series will delve deep into some of the exciting spectacles from The Two Ronnies, featuring an exclusive interview with Ronnie Corbett himself. Ronnie will also visit the Victoria & Albert Museum to unearth stored personal memorabilia of Ronnie Barker ? artefacts that have not been seen on TV before.
Each show will contain numerous classic sketches from their BBC primetime series, alongside rare material from the UK and abroad. As well as in-depth and revealing interviews with friends and colleagues, the show will also feature interviews with a carefully-selected cast of contemporary comedians such as Stephen Mangan, Al Murray and Clive Anderson, who are all genuine fans of The Two Ronnie?s and offer a nostalgic insight into what made them such special performers.
The series was commissioned by UKTV's director of commissioning Jane Rogerson. Julie Swanston is the commissioning editor for UKTV with Ricky Kelehar executive producing for North One Television.
Julie Swanston says
I'm excited to be celebrating Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker?s illustrious career together. The Two Ronnies Spectacle provides a fantastic insight into >one of Britain's best-loved comedy double acts and it?s great to have Ronnie Corbett working with us. It leads on perfectly from Bring Me Morecambe & >Wise on Gold last year and further adds to the exclusive comedy slate the channel is continuing to create.
Gold General Manager Steve North adds
The Two Ronnies Spectacle will fit in perfectly with the channel?s brilliant new commissions and it is testament to the channel?s quality new programmes. >After creating a definitive piece around Morecombe and Wise last year to be working with another of Britain's favourite double acts is incredibly exciting.
The Two Ronnies Spectacle follows Gold?s other successful commissions such as the return of Yes, Prime Minister, The Comic Strip: Five go to Rehab and Bring Me Morecambe and Wise which provided Gold with hit ratings winners. It will air on Gold later this year and forms part of Gold?s ?double digit millions? investment into new content for the channel which includes Gold?s first scripted sitcom Us and Them which was announced in February.
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Notes to Editors
Dedicated to celebrating the best of British comedy, Gold is the nation's favourite comedy channel. Much-loved comedy series such as Only Fools and Horses, Vicar of Dibley and Outnumbered sit alongside successful commissions including Fry and Laurie: Reunited, Royle Family Behind the Sofa, the highly anticipated return of Yes, Prime Minister and the successful commission The Comic Presents Five Go To Rehab, plus new acquisitions such as Gavin and Stacey, Getting On, Miranda and Mrs Brown?s Boys. The perfect tonic to make you laugh whatever the time of day, Gold shows universally funny content that everyone can enjoy so stick something funny on.
Where to find Gold: Sky channel 110, Virgin TV channel 126, and Top-Up TV channel 20.
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