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30 Days Of Telly #5

Day five, a show you hate. Oh, well this one's easy. Again there are several, but there's only one show that leapt immediately to mind, and made my brain recoil in horror at the thought of it: The Two Ronnies. As a child the theme music alone was enough to put me into a coma, and it would probably still have the same effect now, if I was fool enough to give it the opportunity. For anybody who has the good fortune to be too young/too not British/unconscious for most of the last fifty years, this was a sketch show starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. I mostly hate it for its spectacular failure to be in any way amusing, but also because it's entirely possible that Ronnie Corbett may be the most irritating man alive. I don't have any scientific evidence to back this up, you understand, but trust me, his monologues speak for themselves.

It's funny, actually (thinking back, that is, not the show). When I was a kid, we only had the one room heated, so in the winter, you didn't want to be anywhere else but in the room that had the TV in it. This meant that it was very hard to escape shows that you hated. Times have changed, but the memory of being trapped in the living room with Ronnie Corbett's interminable monologues lingers.

I may have nightmares now. Thank you, meme.

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sarren
Jun. 13th, 2013 06:35 am (UTC)
My family watched that together when growing up. It evokes good memories for me.

I'd name pretty much any reality show, but especially the ones that prey on people's insecurities.
swordznsorcery
Jun. 13th, 2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, I did think about a few reality shows. They're not really on my radar though, as I don't see them at all. That was why I went for one that I found it so hard to escape! It's nice not to have to share a TV anymore. :)
sarren
Jun. 13th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
oh, gods, speaking of sharing a tv, I lived with my stepfamily for six months when I was 19, and was FORCED to watch soaps. SOAPS.
swordznsorcery
Jun. 13th, 2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
Ha! Depending on the soap, that could be the worst kind of torture.

I did actually get quite into an Australian soap once. It was an old one, from the eighties, but it didn't air here until the early nineties. It was called "A Country Practice". I used to watch it in the school holidays, until the characters I liked all left.

If you had to suffer through any of ours, I apologise. They are truly dreadful.
sarren
Jun. 13th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
Home and Away, and Neighbours. ACP wasn't too bad, i don't think it was technically a soap.
lost_spook
Jun. 13th, 2013 11:34 am (UTC)
:lol: yes, I'm afraid really liked it, too - though I DO remember as a child finding Ronnie C's monologues very very long. Rewatching some of the repeats as an adult, they're not at all, and most of them were pretty amusing, even now they were very dated. So many of the sketches are still great - but then I do love good wordplay and Ronnie B really had a knack for that.

I do sympathise with being trapped in the room, though - it wasn't quite that bad in our house, but sometimes some shows became almost impossible to avoid.
swordznsorcery
Jun. 13th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, there's that very famous four candles/fork handles sketch of theirs, which is seen as a classic. It does nothing for me, I'm afraid! I'm very difficult with comedy.
lost_spook
Jun. 13th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
;-) Well, the monologues were definitely intended as child torture, though, this is entirely true.
liadtbunny
Jun. 13th, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
I didn't mind it apart from Ronnie Corbett's monologues which as you say they were interminable and now Corbett is hailed as a comedy genius, eh? I think it's because Barker's dead though and Corbett isn't, if that doesn't sound too bad.
swordznsorcery
Jun. 13th, 2013 07:05 pm (UTC)
A comedy genius? Okay... Ronnie Barker seems to have been loved by everybody, and he was held in great regard by his colleagues. Ronnie Corbett, on the other hand, sits in a very big chair.

Oh, and he was in "Sorry". The only sitcom that apologised for itself. It was that bad... ;)
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