Ronnie Barker 1984 AA Ad Discovered

This rare TV advert from 1984 starring Ronnie Barker has just come to light.

The advert can be viewed here

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(Ronnie Barker starts off in typical form – behind a newsdesk!) 

Starring Ronnie B in two guises – first as a newsreader, then as a weather reporter. Both small parts fall very easily into the format of a Two Ronnies sketch, and I suspect that the advert was penned by Ronnie B.

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(Ronnie B as ‘Percy Perbright’ the weatherman)

Interestingly, the end narration is spoken by David Jason. This would’ve likely been just before Jason & Barker started working on the final series of Open All Hours. It’s a lovely pairing, somewhat incorporating David Jason into a Two Ronnies feature.

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(does Ronnie B look familiar? Ronnie C appeared some years earlier in a very similar costume!)

Also of note is Ronnie B’s costume – very reminiscent of a Two Ronnies sketch where Ronnie Corbett plays Rupert The Bear in 1979.

A wonderful advert, and it’s great that it has been rediscovered.

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