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No That’s Me Over Here

This sitcom was Ronnie Corbett's first starring role, encouraged by executive producer David Frost. The first two series were made in monochrome by Associated Rediffusion during 1967-68, but when that company lost its franchise the idea was picked up by LWT for another spin in colour. Ronnie plays Ronnie, a little man who thinks big thoughts and will do anything to improve his status. He works for the same insurance company as his sniffy neighbour (Henry McGee) and competes with him for the approval of their boss (Ivor Dean). In fact, the show is full of bowler-hatted civil servant types of the kind you might find in Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks. Python-to-be Graham Chapman co-wrote all three series with Barry Cryer, with assistance from Eric Idle on series 1.