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A Tribute to Windsor Davies

Like June Whitfield, who passed away in December, Windsor Davies was one of those stars that you thought would be around forever. Although he retired from acting and the public eye back in 2004, Windsor Davies was never forgotten in that time, thanks to the impact his most famous roles had on the viewing public..

Alongside the likes of Tom Jones and Max Boyce, Windsor Davies was one of the most famous Welsh stars of his day. That deep, resonant voice, made all the more distinctive by the strong Welsh accent, became a much-loved trademark. There was no doubting it was Windsor when hearing those glorious tones. It is therefore all the more surprising when you consider that this icon of Welsh entertainment was actually born in Canning Town, London in 1930 - albeit to a Welsh family.

In 1939, young Windsor returned with his family to the South Wales village of Nantymoel, the place of his father's birth. After leaving school, he worked as a miner before doing his National Service in No…

Proper Telly Favourites - Why We Love Ronnie Barker

The love and affection which the nation holds in its heart for a certain Ronald William George Barker is still as strong as ever and shows no signs of diminishing. Indeed, it could be said that Ronnie Barker is the most beloved British television star of all-time.

In a recent poll on Twitter , featuring 32 of the greatest, most loved TV comedy personalities, you voted Ronnie B as your Proper Telly Favourite Sitcom Star of the 70s & 80s. Before the poll started, I promised that the winner would be the subject of a tribute piece here on Proper Telly and this is that loving tribute.

A Tribute to Ronnie Barker from All of Us Originally this article was going to be a combination of career retrospective and personal memories of the national treasure that is Ronnie Barker. By the way, I say national treasure in the present tense because, despite it being over thirteen years since Ronnie's passing, we still love him as much as ever and he continues to entertain us to this very day. In…