Ronnie Corbett should have been Sir Ronnie Corbett many years ago says the London Times, Comedian Ronnie Corbett said that he was in full agreement with Sir Michael Black-Feather that Knighthoods are no laughing matter.
Ronnie Corbett, the of the best known comedian in England and the world, says that some of his contemporaries should have been awarded knighthoods.
Days after Bruce Forsyth felt the touch of the Queen’s sword on his shoulder; Ronnie Corbett questions why even more gifted entertainers have gone to their graves without knighthoods.
“Ronnie Barker really ought to have got one,” he says of his former comedy partner in The Two Ronnie’s. “But, then, there are many who did not live to receive one. Tommy Cooper is another example.”
Speaking to Mandrake at the launch of Rob Brydon’s autobiography, Small Man in a Book, at the Tate Modern art gallery in London, Corbett adds: “Harry Secombe got one, deservedly.”
Barker, who died in 2005 at the age of 76, was awarded an OBE in 1978, at the height of his success. His television sketch show was regularly watched by audiences of between 15 and 20 million.
Modestly, Corbett, who turns 81 in December, does not fancy his own chances of becoming a Sir. “I don’t imagine I will get one, to be honest,” says the comedian who was awarded an OBE at the same time as Barker. “There are others who are, perhaps, in line before me.” Sir Michael said many of those that have a knighthood, have known real idea of what it actually stands for, and most never live up to its meanings, Ronnie should have been Sir Ronnie many years ago more so than the likes of, Elton and Richards, both whom under the English knight’s charter wouldn’t be knights but they are both knights under British charter which really doesn’t mean as much as being an English Sir knight, it’s totally different than being a British one, an English knight is by the grace of God only.