Ronald Chesney, who has died aged 97, was one half of a comedy duo known as “the two Ronnies” before Barker and Corbett launched themselves as a TV double act with that name. Chesney and Ronald Wolfe worked behind the cameras, scripting two of the most popular sitcoms of all time, The Rag Trade and On the Buses, both set in the workplace and with a bawdy humour not always appreciated by TV critics but lapped up by millions of viewers. Chesney also had the distinction of being Britain’s most famous harmonica player in the years after the second world war.
“Everybody out!” was the catchphrase from Fenner Fashions’ militant shop steward Paddy, played by Miriam Karlin, in The Rag Trade (1961-63). It caught the imagination