1 9 7 1 – 1 9 7 3 (UK)
20 x 30 minute episodes
Originally broadcast regionally in the Welsh language as Ryan a Ronnie, the English version of this comedy series from BBC Wales premiered nationally on Friday 18 June 1971 and starred Welsh comedy duo Ryan Davies (the clown with the rubber face and a flair for female impersonation) and Ronnie Williams (the straight man).
Initially aired in the children’s spot at 4.55 pm, Ryan and Ronnie returned to BBC1 in 1972 in the later adult timeslot of 7.00 pm and again in 1973 at 7.30 pm.
The shows combined filmed and studio sketches and comedy songs with a weekly guest, usually a Welsh singer.
Each show also featured an episode of a spoof soap opera entitled Our House (“the continuing saga of an ordinary family”) in which Ryan played the mother and Ronnie played Will, the father.
“Mam” (Davies) doted on her son Nigel Wynn (originally played by Derek Boote and later by resident singer Bryn Williams) and forgave him anything. Conversely, she was extremely strict with daughter Phyllis Doris (Myfanwy Talog), addressing her as “you brazen hussy”.