Continuing our look at the career of Ronnie Corbett, today we go back to just after the Frost report and an early sitcom: No – That’s Me Over Here!
Created by some fairly well known writers (tongue firmly in cheek) and with an impressive cast to back him up, this show ran for three series between 1967 and 1970, clocking up twenty five episodes along the way.
The entirety of the first two series (made by Rediffusion) are missing from the archives, although one 1967 episode appears to exist in private hands. However, the final series (made by LWT in colour) exists in its entirety.
Ronnie Corbett stars as Ronnie, a man short in stature but big in ideas, and a quintessential suburban commuter who works in an insurance company with his snooty neighbour Cyril (played by McGee).
Ronnie and Cyril not only work in the same department, but they also travel to work every morning in the same train in the same compartment, the result of which means that both their business lives find themselves rather linked to each other.
The comedy arises from Cyril’s and others’ constant attempts to thwart Ronnie’s constant big plans to improve his profile at work and win favour with his (and Cyril’s) boss Mr. Robinson. Despite his colleague’s opposition Ronnie is ambitious and will stop at nothing to ensure his plans go to progress.
Jill Mai Meredith
David Frost (executive producer)
Original Transmission Dates: 14th November, 1967 – 5th December, 1970