Ronnie Barker:
More people watched The Two Ronnies in the last two years than watched The Office and Little Britain combined, which is a heartening thought. The brilliant Ronnie Barker has died, and with his sad loss a whole tradition of English comedy becomes a little dimmer, a little further away. Thankfully we still have his genius on DVD. He seemed able to fit into the skin of any character, but I always though he was funniest as Awkwright the shopkeeper in Open All Hours – the 4th series of which is released on DVD on the 1st of November. But see him in anything, and stand in awe of his perfect timing, and masterful use of insinuation.