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Summary

  1. News and updated for 31 March 2016
  2. Ronnie Corbett dies at the age of 85
  3. Composer Hans Zimmer discusses Batman v Superman sound problems
  4. Louis Walsh in rumoured X Factor return

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By Lauren Turner and Keily Smith

All times stated are UK

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Ronnie Corbett: Your tributes

We will leave you with some of the memories of Ronnie Corbett, pictured here at Buckingham Palace receiving his CBE in 2012, sent in to us today. 

Ronnie Corbett receiving his CBE in February 2012
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As a youngster I loved the Two Ronnies. I was lucky enough to meet him once many years ago playing as a junior doctor in a charity golf event at his local club, Dulwich and Sydenham. He happened to be in the bar after we had finished and asked what the golf day was in aid of. When we told him, he asked if we had an after dinner speaker lined up, and when he found out we hadn't, he offered to join us and do a turn. He was an absolute delight to talk to at the bar and through dinner, and he had us falling off our chairs with the funniest imaginable after-dinner speech and auction. What generosity of spirit from an absolute legend.

Alan Murphy

So sad to hear of Ronnie Corbett’s passing – he didn't ever stop working in spite of losing his entertainment other half, dear Ronnie Barker. He gave us decades of fun and laughter in his very clever and inimitable way. Big laughs from a little man. I am sure he enjoyed every minute he was on stage or in front of the camera and bravely carried on when Ronnie Barker died in 2005.

Linda Day

So sorry to hear of the death of comic genius Ronnie Corbett. There will never be another comic actor like him. My condolences to his family.

Audrey Finney

Just heard the sad news that Ronnie Corbett has died. He was a funny man, a fine actor and a great comedian. Ronnie was unique and irreplaceable and we shall not see his like again.

Alan Barlow

Harry Hill: 'They just don't make 'em like him anymore'

Harry Hill is the latest comedian to pay tribute to Ronnie Corbett:

Ronnie was one of the first comics I ever saw live - he had such great timing and charisma. He'd seen so much come and go but was still really interested in new comics.

He came to my show at the Edinburgh Fringe unannounced, which was one of the biggest thrills of my life, and over the years gave me some great advice. Showbusiness was in his blood - he was a true pro.

When I had him on TV Burp, the gag was he would walk through the door and I would smack a custard pie in his face - he insisted on rehearsing it with a real pie.

Although he's known for his partnership with Ronnie Barker, anyone who knew him would tell you the most wonderful, entertaining partnership he was part of was with his wife Anne - the pair of them lit up the room. He was such fun and we will all miss him. They just don't make 'em like him anymore.

Ken Dodd pays tribute to 'brilliant little man'

Ken Dodd said his friend Ronnie Corbett was a "brilliant little man" who he "admired greatly" and "shall miss very, very much". 

Referring to Corbett's armchair monologues, 88-year-old Dodd said the comedian was the "best sit-down comic ever" and was a "superb diddy man".  

Dodd said: 

He excelled in all different branches of show business, he was a brilliant actor, an excellent comedian, a wonderful storyteller. His timing was superb. Ronnie was a very good, nice person. He was a very good friend and a brilliant little man - he was a great personality. He was brilliant in so many ways, he had so many facets to his art and skills. It is a great loss to show business and to everyone - all of us.

He said Corbett and Ronnie Barker were "Britain's best ever double act", adding: "Both of them were excellent. They excelled in so many branches of showbusiness." 

Corbett's golf club pays its respects

Ronnie Corbett
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The Addington Golf Club has paid tribute to Corbett, who was a regular at the Surrey club.

"Very sad to hear of the passing of our friend, Ronnie Corbett. To his family, we extend our deepest sympathies," it wrote on Facebook

The club was due to hold the Ronnie Corbett Golf Classic in June, in which he was to be the guest of honour. 

Dame Edna: Corbett's 'lovely spirit'

Dame Edna Everage
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Dame Edna Everage comic Barry Humphries has said Ronnie Corbett "belonged to the great tradition of musical artists". 

I've always looked up to him, even when I'm looking down at him, and I'm saddened to hear of his passing because he was a lovely spirit. He was always courteous to everyone, he had no arrogance or vanity.

His teaming with Ronnie Barker was a stroke of genius. I know that a lot of his work was assisted by the writer Ian Davidson, and we will all miss Ronnie.

Griff Rhys Jones describes Corbett as 'true professional'

Griff Rhys Jones told BBC Radio Suffolk: 

Very important to understand, he was a very great interpreter of scripted comedy, that was his great skill. He's come through a tradition of both music hall and sketch comedy but he was a consummate television performer who then took his skills onto the stage. He was a true professional, he worked solidly at the things that he did and that's I think what made him so successful.

The One Show to pay tribute to Ronnie Corbett

A special tribute will be paid to Ronnie Corbett on The One Show tonight.

The programme tweeted the news, along with a clip of when the comedian appeared on the show in 2010.

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The One Show will be broadcast at 19:00 BST.  

Barbara Windsor: 'It was our biggest flop'

Barbara Windsor
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Dame Barbara Windsor has paid tribute to Ronnie Corbett, with whom she worked at the start of both of their careers. 

I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Ronnie today. We worked together in cabaret at Danny La Rue's club early in our careers and then again when we both were cast in a show called Twang!!. It was the biggest flop either of us ever had in our careers and we still laughed about it every time we bumped into each other over the years.

I saw him recently in the street and we laughed about two little people being such good friends for so many years. Ronnie was a truly brilliant all-round performer as well as comedian who could do it all. My love and thoughts are with Annie and the family on this very sad day.

Loss of Crystal Palace's 'smallest fan'

Ronnie Corbett and wife Anne Hart
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Crystal Palace said it has lost one of its "smallest fans" following the death of Ronnie Corbett, pictured above with wife Anne.

Manager Alan Pardew said: "It's a sad day, he contributed so much to light entertainment in Britain. 

"When I was growing up him and Ronnie Barker had us in stitches with four candles etc." 

Corbett attended matches at Selhurst Park, the nearest Premier League team to his home. He also supported Hearts in Edinburgh.

"Such a shame for his family and as a representative of the club. We hope they are bearing up and we send our love to them." Pardew said.

Ronnie Corbett 'was one of the special ones'

Rob Brydon and Ronnie Corbett on the Rob Brydon Show
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Rob Brydon has paid tribute to Ronnie Corbett. The Welsh comedian is known for his impersonations of Corbett and the pair appeared on panel show Would I Lie to You in 2010.

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Obituary: Ronnie Corbett

The Two Ronnies
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As one half of The Two Ronnies, Ronnie Corbett was one of the UK's best-loved entertainers with a career spanning more than six decades.

The Two Ronnies predated Ant and Dec by more than 20 years and followed on from another household name comedy double act - Morecambe and Wise.

Made up of the rotund, jocular Englishman Ronnie Barker and the diminutive mischievous Scot Ronnie Corbett, the pair would become known for their hilarious sketches, mock news bulletins and comedy songs.

Their famous pay-off after every show was: "And it's good night from me. And it's good night from him."

Neither comic played the straight man, both seemingly more than content to share out the funnies between them and they worked together for more than 30 years until Barker's death in 2005.

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Sir Michael Parkinson says Ronnie Corbett was 'a very easy man to love'

Ronnie Corbett's close friend Sir Michael Parkinson said: 

He was a very easy man to love. He was a perfect companion. He was bright. He could tell good stories. He was funny. He was very rarely depressed. Anne, his wife, she'll be distraught. I mean, it was a great marriage. They've been together for many, many years, and it was a very loving partnership. We were just mates and I shall miss him terribly.

'It's goodnight from me': The best of Ronnie Corbett

Ronnie Corbett has died at the age of 85. Here is a look back at some of his work.

Twitter tributes

Fans of Ronnie Corbett have been remembering the comedian with one of his best-known sketches after the news of his death.

Arguably one of the most famous created by the Two Ronnies was the mix-up between "fork handles" and "four candles".

People have been using the hashtags #fourcandles and #forkhandles and posting images in tribute. 

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John Cleese: Corbett had 'the best timing'

Corbett's legacy in adverts

Campaign magazine has done its own tribute to Ronnie Corbett by rounding up some of the many adverts he has appeared in over the years. 

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Fellow comedians bid goodbye to 'comedy great'

BBC boss calls Corbett 'a true great'

Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, described Corbett as "one of the true greats of British comedy".

Ronnie Corbett was a wonderful comic and entertainer. A man of great charm and warmth who brought laughter and joy to millions. He was quite simply one of the true greats of British comedy.

Sir Bruce Forsyth: Corbett's death 'one of saddest days'

Corbett and Forsyth performing together in a 1980s show
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Sir Bruce Forsyth has spoken emotionally about his friend, colleague and fellow golf enthusiast Ronnie Corbett.

He told the BBC: 

One of the saddest days of my life. Ronnie was a friend, someone I admired so much. It's a very, very sad day. I'm going to miss him like crazy, I really will.

Sir Bruce said one of the first times he saw him was when Corbett was working in the cast of a Danny La Rue show in the West End, and said the pair had been "great together". 

That was one of the wonderful things about Ronnie - he was very adaptable. He could work with anybody, even me. We always say a one-off, but he certainly was a one-off and a half. He really was.

Sir Bruce added that he loved to rehearse with Corbett and also that the pair had "some lovely times" golfing.

He said the "four candles" sketch was one of the all-time greats, describing Corbett as "such a genius". 

"He could work with anybody, Ronnie, because his personality would always gel with the other performer," added Sir Bruce.

Michael Palin: 'His sense of comedy timing was absolutely perfect'

Michael Palin was a writer on The Two Ronnies, alongside Terry Jones. 

He spoke to BBC Radio 4's World at One about their working relationship and friendship:

"He loved whatever he did. He was a marvellous, sharp, concise performer. His sense of comedy timing was absolutely perfect, which is why he worked so well with John [Cleese] and with Ronnie Barker.

Ronnie had a great sense of silliness, which I responded to. He could also do the serious stuff but there was a lovely sort of mischief. His eyes twinkled…and he was absolutely delightful to play with and against. And he was also a good friend.

Former BBC chairman pays tribute to 'one of the all-time greats'

Former BBC chairman Michael Grade has spoken of his sadness at the loss of the "huge talent" that was Ronnie Corbett.

He told the BBC news channel Corbett was "one of the all-time greats of British comedy, no question".

I'm so sad for Anne and the family - and the nation, really. We've lost a great friend and entertainer.

He learned his craft the hard way. He was a master of comedy of all kinds - TV, cabaret, variety. He even played in a sitcom, Sorry!, for me for the BBC, which was wonderful.

[He was] the most wonderful man. A great talent.

The Two Ronnies was primetime staple

The Two Ronnies was a Saturday night TV staple from 1971 to 1987. 

Their comedy was a mix of surrealism, slapstick and social commentary - and they liked nothing better than dressing up. 

Here are some images of the pair in some of their more elaborate get-ups. 

The Two Ronnies
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The Two Ronnies
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The Two Ronnies
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The Two Ronnies
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The Two Ronnies
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Ronnie Corbett: Some of his best one-liners

Ronnie Corbett
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Here are just a few of some of Corbett's best-known - and best-loved - one liners.

  • A cement mixer collided with a prison van on the Kingston by-pass. Motorists are asked to be on the look-out for 16 hardened criminals
  • We'll be talking to a car designer who's crossed a Toyota with Quasimodo and come up with the Hatchback of Notre Dame  
  • A juggernaut of onions has shed its load all over the M1. Motorists are advised to find a hard shoulder to cry on
  • After a series of crimes in the Glasgow area, Chief Inspector McTavish has announced that he is looking for a man with one eye. If he doesn't find him, he's going to use both eyes  
  • French wine growers fear that this year's vintage may be entirely spoiled due to the grape treaders' sit-in
  • All those who believe in psychokinesis raise my right hand  
  • There was a fire at the main Inland Revenue office in London today, but it was put out before any serious good was done   

Looking back on Corbett's career

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Nick Higham looks back at the life of Ronnie Corbett. 

Ronnie Corbett: Half of one of the biggest comedy double acts of all time

Two Ronnies
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As one half of The Two Ronnies, Corbett was part of one of biggest comedy double acts of all time, alongside Ronnie Barker.

Among the pair's most memorable sketches were "Four Candles" and "Nothing's Too Much Trouble". 

Barker first worked with Corbett in The Frost Report and Frost on Sunday, programmes for which he also wrote scripts. In 1971 they teamed up for the first Two Ronnies.

A total of 12 series of the comedy show were made.

At its peak, more than 17 million viewers tuned in to see the programme, which aired until 1987. 

The duo reunited for The Two Ronnies Sketchbook shortly before Barker's death in 2005. 

Corbett surrounded by family

Ronnie Corbett
BBC

"Ronnie Corbett CBE, one of the nation's best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family," said his publicist. 

"They have asked that their privacy is respected at this very sad time."

BreakingRonnie Corbett dies

Entertainer Ronnie Corbett has died aged 85 surrounded by his family, his publicist has said.

Harry Potter flies high in illustrated book

Chamber of Secrets
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The artwork for the new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has been revealed, with the Weasleys' flying car taking centre stage. 

Jim Kay, who will be using his imagination to re-create the Potter world for all seven books in the series, has used paint, pencil and pixels to create the fully-illustrated tome.

Author JK Rowling said: ​"Seeing Jim Kay's illustrations moved me profoundly. 

"I love his interpretation of Harry Potter's world and I feel honoured and grateful he has lent his talent to it."

The second in the series of republished books goes on sale in October.

Watership Down rating: Your reactions

Watership Down
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Yesterday we told you how the new head of the British Board of Film Classification said he would give Watership Down a PG rating instead of a U if it was released today.

And many of you agreed with him that it was too upsetting for young children to watch.

Although others thought he was talking nonsense. 

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Jamie Cullum to perform at Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza

Jamie Cullum in February 2016
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Jamie Cullum is heading to Glastonbury - although not the summer festival at Worthy Farm. 

Instead, the singer is to appear as a special guest at the annual Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza, which festival organiser Michael Eavis set up to thank local residents for putting up with the disruption of the main event.

Cullum joins Van Morrison on the bill for the August event. 

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Cullum had this to say:

I am delighted to be playing as part of Glastonbury’s Abbey Extravaganza and opening for the legendary Van Morrison. Glastonbury is a festival close to my heart and to be a part of the support that is behind such a distinguished, world class event is as important as the festival itself.

Music, community, love and consideration are the cornerstones of Glastonbury and it’s events such as the Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza that go to prove this.

Coronation Street star Beverley Callard taking time off from soap

Beverley Callard, left, with the Duchess of Cornwall
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Callard showed the Duchess of Cornwall around when she visited the set

Beverley Callard, who plays Liz McDonald on Coronation Street, is taking time off from the soap. 

The news came after she wrote on Twitter that she had been "battling the demons of depression" - and that one of the drugs she has been taking has been withdrawn. 

She suggested on Twitter it had been stopped for financial reasons and also thanked fans for their support. 

A Coronation Street source confirmed the temporary departure after the medication was discontinued, saying: "She is taking some time off whilst her doctors look for a suitable alternative."

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The actress has previously spoken about her experience of having depression, calling it the "curse of the strong".

Louis Walsh reported to be making X Factor return

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Louis Walsh
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He looks like an X Factor judge, he sounds like an X Factor judge, and now it seems - if reports are to be believed - that Louis Walsh is to become an X Factor judge once again.

BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw announced last month that he was leaving the show after one series. 

And now The Sun is reporting that Walsh is being lined up to take his place after being sacked from the ITV programme last year.

He's said to have flown to LA for talks with Simon Cowell. 

A source from the show told The Sun: "He’s doing all he can to sign him for the next series. Louis is up for it.

"Simon wants an older person back after admitting last year’s series was too youthful, which might have made more people go to Strictly."

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Hungarian Noble Prize winner Imre Kertesz dies

Imre Kertesz
AFP

Hungarian Noble Literature Prize winner Imre Kertesz has died at the aged of 86. 

The novelist drew on his experiences in Nazi concentration camps for many of his works, having been incarcerated in Auschwitz as a teenager.

Fateless was the first in a trilogy of books in which Kertesz reflected on the Holocaust. A Kudarc (Fiasco) and Kaddish For a Child Not Born were written later and had the narrator looking back at a life scarred by the Holocaust.

He won the Noble Prize in 2002.

Krisztian Nyary, director of Kertesz's publishers Magveto Publishing, told AFP:    

Kertesz was one of the 20th Century's most influential Hungarian writers, not just through his works but through his thoughts and worldview as well.

Hans Zimmer on Batman v Superman dialogue woes

Uber film composer Hans Zimmer has said he is not to blame if music drowns out dialogue during a movie - instead calling out inferior cinema sound systems. 

There has been criticism levelled at the muted dialogue in Batman v Superman, for which he composed the score. 

Speaking to the BBC's Rebecca Jones, he said: "I don't have control over it."

"Nobody sets out to make an incomprehensible movie. When we mix the film we mix it to the highest possible standard and we can hear every word, but that doesn't mean that every cinema has the same speakers... so what's our choice? Create for the lowest common denominator or tell people 'make your sound systems better'.

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Dynamo's magic trick fails during live stage show

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It must be every magician's worst nightmare, doing a trick in front of an audience which doesn't quite go to plan. 

But that's what happened to Dynamo during his live stage show at London's O2 arena. 

He asked audience member Tom to help him with a trick that saw Dynamo put his volunteer's mobile phone inside a bottle. 

Impressive stuff. 

But then when Dynamo asked another member of the public on the stage to ring Tom's mobile... nothing happened. 

The magician could be heard saying he hoped there was enough mobile reception before the trick was tried again, but the phone just wouldn't ring.

"It's a live magic show people, anything could happen," he told the audience. 

Read more and watch the video.  

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