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Summary

  1. News and updated for 31 March 2016
  2. Ronnie Corbett dies at the age of 85
  3. Composer Hans Zimmer discusses Batman v Superman sound problems
  4. Louis Walsh in rumoured X Factor return

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By Lauren Turner and Keily Smith

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Ronnie Corbett: Your tributes

We will leave you with some of the memories of Ronnie Corbett, pictured here at Buckingham Palace receiving his CBE in 2012, sent in to us today. 

Ronnie Corbett receiving his CBE in February 2012
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As a youngster I loved the Two Ronnies. I was lucky enough to meet him once many years ago playing as a junior doctor in a charity golf event at his local club, Dulwich and Sydenham. He happened to be in the bar after we had finished and asked what the golf day was in aid of. When we told him, he asked if we had an after dinner speaker lined up, and when he found out we hadn't, he offered to join us and do a turn. He was an absolute delight to talk to at the bar and through dinner, and he had us falling off our chairs with the funniest imaginable after-dinner speech and auction. What generosity of spirit from an absolute legend.

Alan Murphy

So sad to hear of Ronnie Corbett’s passing – he didn't ever stop working in spite of losing his entertainment other half, dear Ronnie Barker. He gave us decades of fun and laughter in his very clever and inimitable way. Big laughs from a little man. I am sure he enjoyed every minute he was on stage or in front of the camera and bravely carried on when Ronnie Barker died in 2005.

Linda Day

So sorry to hear of the death of comic genius Ronnie Corbett. There will never be another comic actor like him. My condolences to his family.

Audrey Finney

Just heard the sad news that Ronnie Corbett has died. He was a funny man, a fine actor and a great comedian. Ronnie was unique and irreplaceable and we shall not see his like again.

Alan Barlow

Harry Hill: 'They just don't make 'em like him anymore'

Harry Hill is the latest comedian to pay tribute to Ronnie Corbett:

Ronnie was one of the first comics I ever saw live - he had such great timing and charisma. He'd seen so much come and go but was still really interested in new comics.

He came to my show at the Edinburgh Fringe unannounced, which was one of the biggest thrills of my life, and over the years gave me some great advice. Showbusiness was in his blood - he was a true pro.

When I had him on TV Burp, the gag was he would walk through the door and I would smack a custard pie in his face - he insisted on rehearsing it with a real pie.

Although he's known for his partnership with Ronnie Barker, anyone who knew him would tell you the most wonderful, entertaining partnership he was part of was with his wife Anne - the pair of them lit up the room. He was such fun and we will all miss him. They just don't make 'em like him anymore.

Ken Dodd pays tribute to 'brilliant little man'

Ken Dodd said his friend Ronnie Corbett was a "brilliant little man" who he "admired greatly" and "shall miss very, very much". 

Referring to Corbett's armchair monologues, 88-year-old Dodd said the comedian was the "best sit-down comic ever" and was a "superb diddy man".  

Dodd said: 

He excelled in all different branches of show business, he was a brilliant actor, an excellent comedian, a wonderful storyteller. His timing was superb. Ronnie was a very good, nice person. He was a very good friend and a brilliant little man - he was a great personality. He was brilliant in so many ways, he had so many facets to his art and skills. It is a great loss to show business and to everyone - all of us.

He said Corbett and Ronnie Barker were "Britain's best ever double act", adding: "Both of them were excellent. They excelled in so many branches of showbusiness." 

Corbett's golf club pays its respects

Ronnie Corbett
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The Addington Golf Club has paid tribute to Corbett, who was a regular at the Surrey club.

"Very sad to hear of the passing of our friend, Ronnie Corbett. To his family, we extend our deepest sympathies," it wrote on Facebook

The club was due to hold the Ronnie Corbett Golf Classic in June, in which he was to be the guest of honour. 

Dame Edna: Corbett's 'lovely spirit'

Dame Edna Everage
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Dame Edna Everage comic Barry Humphries has said Ronnie Corbett "belonged to the great tradition of musical artists". 

I've always looked up to him, even when I'm looking down at him, and I'm saddened to hear of his passing because he was a lovely spirit. He was always courteous to everyone, he had no arrogance or vanity.

His teaming with Ronnie Barker was a stroke of genius. I know that a lot of his work was assisted by the writer Ian Davidson, and we will all miss Ronnie.

Griff Rhys Jones describes Corbett as 'true professional'

Griff Rhys Jones told BBC Radio Suffolk: 

Very important to understand, he was a very great interpreter of scripted comedy, that was his great skill. He's come through a tradition of both music hall and sketch comedy but he was a consummate television performer who then took his skills onto the stage. He was a true professional, he worked solidly at the things that he did and that's I think what made him so successful.

The One Show to pay tribute to Ronnie Corbett

A special tribute will be paid to Ronnie Corbett on The One Show tonight.

The programme tweeted the news, along with a clip of when the comedian appeared on the show in 2010.

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The One Show will be broadcast at 19:00 BST.  

Barbara Windsor: 'It was our biggest flop'

Barbara Windsor
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Dame Barbara Windsor has paid tribute to Ronnie Corbett, with whom she worked at the start of both of their careers. 

I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Ronnie today. We worked together in cabaret at Danny La Rue's club early in our careers and then again when we both were cast in a show called Twang!!. It was the biggest flop either of us ever had in our careers and we still laughed about it every time we bumped into each other over the years.

I saw him recently in the street and we laughed about two little people being such good friends for so many years. Ronnie was a truly brilliant all-round performer as well as comedian who could do it all. My love and thoughts are with Annie and the family on this very sad day.

Loss of Crystal Palace's 'smallest fan'

Ronnie Corbett and wife Anne Hart
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Crystal Palace said it has lost one of its "smallest fans" following the death of Ronnie Corbett, pictured above with wife Anne.

Manager Alan Pardew said: "It's a sad day, he contributed so much to light entertainment in Britain. 

"When I was growing up him and Ronnie Barker had us in stitches with four candles etc." 

Corbett attended matches at Selhurst Park, the nearest Premier League team to his home. He also supported Hearts in Edinburgh.

"Such a shame for his family and as a representative of the club. We hope they are bearing up and we send our love to them." Pardew said.

Ronnie Corbett 'was one of the special ones'

Rob Brydon and Ronnie Corbett on the Rob Brydon Show
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Rob Brydon has paid tribute to Ronnie Corbett. The Welsh comedian is known for his impersonations of Corbett and the pair appeared on panel show Would I Lie to You in 2010.

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Obituary: Ronnie Corbett

The Two Ronnies
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As one half of The Two Ronnies, Ronnie Corbett was one of the UK's best-loved entertainers with a career spanning more than six decades.

The Two Ronnies predated Ant and Dec by more than 20 years and followed on from another household name comedy double act - Morecambe and Wise.

Made up of the rotund, jocular Englishman Ronnie Barker and the diminutive mischievous Scot Ronnie Corbett, the pair would become known for their hilarious sketches, mock news bulletins and comedy songs.

Their famous pay-off after every show was: "And it's good night from me. And it's good night from him."

Neither comic played the straight man, both seemingly more than content to share out the funnies between them and they worked together for more than 30 years until Barker's death in 2005.

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Sir Michael Parkinson says Ronnie Corbett was 'a very easy man to love'

Ronnie Corbett's close friend Sir Michael Parkinson said: 

He was a very easy man to love. He was a perfect companion. He was bright. He could tell good stories. He was funny. He was very rarely depressed. Anne, his wife, she'll be distraught. I mean, it was a great marriage. They've been together for many, many years, and it was a very loving partnership. We were just mates and I shall miss him terribly.

'It's goodnight from me': The best of Ronnie Corbett

Ronnie Corbett has died at the age of 85. Here is a look back at some of his work.

Twitter tributes

Fans of Ronnie Corbett have been remembering the comedian with one of his best-known sketches after the news of his death.

Arguably one of the most famous created by the Two Ronnies was the mix-up between "fork handles" and "four candles".

People have been using the hashtags #fourcandles and #forkhandles and posting images in tribute. 

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John Cleese: Corbett had 'the best timing'

Corbett's legacy in adverts

Campaign magazine has done its own tribute to Ronnie Corbett by rounding up some of the many adverts he has appeared in over the years. 

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Fellow comedians bid goodbye to 'comedy great'

BBC boss calls Corbett 'a true great'

Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, described Corbett as "one of the true greats of British comedy".

Ronnie Corbett was a wonderful comic and entertainer. A man of great charm and warmth who brought laughter and joy to millions. He was quite simply one of the true greats of British comedy.