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BBC to host Ronnie Barker lecture

The BBC has unveiled plans for an annual lecture about comedy named in honour of the late Ronnie Barker.

Barker, who died 10 years ago, starred in a succession of hit shows including Porridge and The Two Ronnies.

The talk, likened to the BBC's Reith Lectures which feature some of the great minds of the day discussing the important issues of the day, will be shown on BBC One.

Shane Allen, the controller of comedy commissioning at the BBC, said: "This marks the significant cultural impact of comedy in British life. It's a great opportunity for an influential comedy figure to share their experiences, opinions and challenges in keeping the comedy flag flying high at the BBC.

"We're proud to name the lecture in honour of BBC legend Ronnie Barker; it marks the huge contribution he made as one of the nation's most beloved writers and performers, whose work will continue to be enjoyed for decades to come."

The first speaker is yet to be announced.

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