The authorized biography of Ronnie Barker
Ronnie Barker was one of the most admired and celebrated entertainers in the history of British television. Not only did he star in Porridge and Open All Hours, two of the most critically acclaimed sitcoms of all time, he was also one half of the bespectacled
Two Ronnies, a double act that topped the TV charts for more than 15 years.
As well as being a brilliant performer, Ronnie was an outstanding comedy writer and throughout his career he used a variety of pseudonyms to sell his scenes and sketches to the very shows he was working on. He also found success as a serious actor, starring in television films including the Emmy Award-winning Winston Churchill movie The Gathering Storm and My House in Umbria with Dame Maggie Smith. He featured on the big screen opposite such film greats as Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn.
A celebration of Ronnie’s life and career, this biography contains original contributions from people who had worked with Ronnie and knew him best including John Cleese, David Jason,
Sir Peter Hall, and Eric Idle. It was written with the full consent and collaboration of Ronnie himself and is packed with interviews and unseen illustrations from his own personal archive.