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Posted by Big Boo on May 14th, 2010

sorry ronnie corbettSorry! was a BBC sitcom that starred Ronnie Corbett as a librarian called Timothy Lumsden who was in his forties but still lived at home with his mother and father, who still treated him somewhat as if he was a teenager.

Timothy’s mother was called Phyllis (played by Barbara Lott) and she was most definitely the head of the household. If something didn’t meet with her approval then it wasn’t allowed to happen, especially if it had anything to do with Timothy leaving home.

His father was Sydney (William Moore) who was also much put upon and derided by his wife, so he had evolved a survival scheme of either sleeping whenever possible, or hiding behind a newspaper.

I think Sydney also didn’t really listen properly to things at times, which is why he always came out with his catchphrase “Language Timothy” whenever Tim said something that he thought was rude or inappropriate, when most of the time it wasn’t anything of the sort.

Timothy also had a sister named Muriel, who was always urging him to leave home, as she had already managed to do so by marrying her husband, Kevin. This didn’t sit well with Phyllis, who always treated Muriel with distrust, despite being her own daughter!

The show ran from 1981 to 1988, clocking up seven series in all. Did Timothy ever home at the end of it though? I don’t think so. He’s probably still trapped at home now…

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