What a sad sad loss. Without a doubt, one of the finest comedy actors and writers Britain has ever seen. When they recently brought back the best of the Two Ronnies on BBC1, the thought that they might be gearing up for some new material was fantastic – That Ronnie Barker hadn’t been writing comedy for 15 years seemed like such a waste. His love of word play, and remarkable facility with language meant that it was comedy that often required focussed listening, and it was justification for their writing when the ‘Four Candles’ sketch was recently voted the nations favourite comedy sketch. (It was that sketch that inspired the titles of two of the tunes on Lessons Learned From An Aged Feline Pt II)
So he’ll be hugely missed, and we’ll now never have that one last Christmas special. Just endless hours of Two Ronnies and Porridge videos to remind us of one of the funniest people any of us have ever seen.