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Ronnie Barker is alive

March 18, 2005

So, it seems that Ronnie Barker is very much alive and well. Why, then, was I certain that he'd died sometime in the early nineties? I could have sworn he pegged it, right down to remembering various retrospectives, tributes and excruciatingly regular repeats of Porridge on terrestrial television. Cresley and many of her cow-orkers were also certain that he was dead but no, there he is popping up on Comic Relief and tonight's BBC1 schedule.

What is he, some kind of fucking comedy revenant or something? Or is it something more sinister, an attempt to implement some kind of real-life reverse memory hole, an attempt to present as common knowledge the fact of Barker's vitality after his death was widely reported? After all, it's the big lies that work best.

Maybe it's final proof of the Matrix hypothesis and we'll soon see hundreds of Ronnie Barkers brawling with an obviously CGI Keanu Reeves in a playground somewhere.

Or - and stick with me here, I know it's a crazy idea - I could have misremembered.


Posted by Jonah at March 18, 2005 3:01 PM


Yeah, me too, I thought it was 'good night from him and good night from the other one' yonks ago.
Does anyone else remember the production line of cryogenic Brezhnevs on 'Whoops Apocalypse' (TV version) back in ~'82?

Posted by: Jan at March 21, 2005 12:02 PM

he's still alive??????!!!!!

Posted by: the eel at April 13, 2005 3:15 PM

He sure is. Say, fancy a gmail invite anyone?

Posted by: jonah at April 13, 2005 3:27 PM

btw mr jones, i'm afraid you're all mouth and trousers according to you're website is only 50% evil. tchoh!

Posted by: the eel at April 13, 2005 3:41 PM