It has been announced that Ronnie Barker (or to use his nom de plume, Gerald Wiley) has died. Ronnie was the most talented comedy actor in this country of the last fifty years; head and shoulders above most other actor/comedians.
Well-loved by the public and his colleagues alike, he created characters both on paper and in the studio who will stand the test of time and remain in the nation’s hearts for many years to come. He (and Ronnie C) proved that good comedy need not be overtly crude or cynical. Barry Cryer has said he was in the same league as Peter Sellers, and I would have to agree.
A very sad loss. God bless you, Ronnie.