Gentlemans Relish - A Saucy Look at the Fairer Sex Ronnie Barker


Published: 1985


125 pages


Gentlemans Relish - A Saucy Look at the Fairer Sex  by  Ronnie Barker

Gentlemans Relish - A Saucy Look at the Fairer Sex by Ronnie Barker
1985 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 125 pages | ISBN: | 10.26 Mb

Ronald William George Barker, OBE was a British actor, comedian, writer, broadcaster and businessman. He was known for his roles in various British comedy television series, such as The Frost Report, Porridge, The Two Ronnies and Open All Hours.Born in Bedford, he began his acting career in repertory theatre and decided he was best suited to performing comic roles.

Barker gained his first acting successes at the Oxford Playhouse and later in various roles in the West End including Tom Stoppards The Real Inspector Hound. During this period, he became a cast member on BBC radio and television comedy programmes such as The Navy Lark.

Barker got his television break with the satirical sketch series The Frost Report in 1966 where he met future collaborator Ronnie Corbett. He joined David Frosts production company and was to star in a number ITV shows including a short film during this period.However, it was after rejoining the BBC that he found fame with the sketch show The Two Ronnies (1971—1986) with Ronnie Corbett. After the series of pilots called Seven of One, he gained starring roles in the sitcoms Porridge, its sequel Going Straight and Open All Hours.

Apart from being a performer, he was noted as a comedy writer both under his own name and the pseudonym Gerald Wiley, which Barker adopted to avoid pre-judgements of his talent. Barker won the BAFTA for Best Light Entertainment Performance four times, amongst other awards, and received an OBE in 1978.Later television sitcoms such as The Magnificent Evans and Clarence were less successful and he decided to retire in 1987.

After his retirement, he opened an antiques shop with his wife, Joy. After 1997, he appeared in a number of smaller, non-comic roles in films.Barkers writing style was based on precise scripts and perfect timing. It often involved playing with language, including humour involving such linguistic items as spoonerisms and double entendres. He preferred innuendo over the crudely explicit, a restraint that demanded some imagination from the audience and was the essence of his comedy. He never liked sex or obscenity on television, but there was no shortage of frisky gags in The Two Ronnies.

Corbett said he had a mastery of the English language.

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