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Ronnie Corbett

Ronnie Corbett

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 21 Oct 2007

Comedian

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is an entertainer so central to British popular culture he can be identified by the outline of his glasses alone - Ronnie Corbett. For more than 50 years, from late night reviews to prime-time sit-coms, his comic talents have made us laugh and made us love him; a nattily turned out national treasure with a quick wit and a ready smile.

His success is due, of course, to his own ability but also to two enduring and remarkable partnerships. Along with Ronnie Barker, he formed one of the great TV duos of all time whilst his 40-year marriage to his wife Ann saw her abandon her flourishing entertainment career to sustain him through the vicissitudes of fame and family life. Ronnie Corbett looks back over his life and career, from his days in review at Danny La Rue's club to his last ever programme with Ronnie Barker - a moment that brought them both to tears.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Ann Hart

5.

Castaway's favourite

Ann Hart

Music Maestro Please

Leonard Bernstein

6.

Leonard Bernstein

Candide (Overture)

Artist: Original Broadway cast from 1956

Others who chose this artist

9.

10.

Book

Untold Stories by Alan Bennett

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Luxury item

A hammock

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 29 May 1971

Comedian, Actor

Roy Plomley's castaway is comedian Ronnie Corbett.

Choices

Glasgow Orpheus Choir

1.

Glasgow Orpheus Choir

By Cool Siloam's Shady Rill

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George Frideric Handel

2.

Castaway's favourite

George Frideric Handel

I know that my Redeemer liveth (from Messiah)

Soloist: Isobel Baillie Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra Conductor: Leslie Heward

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Mel Tormé

4.

Mel Tormé

I Found A Million-Dollar Baby

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Frank Sinatra

5.

Frank Sinatra

I Wish I Were In Love Again

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Ainsworth

6.

Ainsworth

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

9.

10.

Book

Handbook on tropical vegetation by

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Luxury item

Golf clubs and balls

Others who chose a similar luxury

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