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Two Ronnies ‘four candles’ script sells for £28,000

‘Four Candles’ is probably one of the best-known sketches by comedy duo The Two Ronnies.

The Two Ronnies were made of Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. They had a comedy sketch show with the same name. The infamous sketch ‘Four Candles’ first aired on an episode of the show on BBC in 1976. You can watch it below.

In the sketch Ronnie Barker walks into the shop looking for fork handles and Ronnie Corbett who plays the shopkeeper mistakes him for saying ‘four candles’ and it all escalates from there.

In 2006 the original script was discovered on Antiques Roadshow in a bag of rubbish in 2006. It was taken to Ronnie Corbett who confirmed it was real. The following year it sold for £48,000.

The script that was discovered is believed to have been the first draft. It features the original titles and is written in red ink on lined paper.


Expected to fetch between £25,000 and £40,000, it sold for £28,000 at East Bristol Auctions.

Andrew Stowe, from East Bristol Auctions, said it “epitomises British humour”.

“It’s just four pages of writing but it’s something that’s made millions and millions of people laugh over a 40-year period,” he said.

“Everybody loves it, everybody knows it and it’s part of the British conscious.”

At its peak, The Two Ronnies attracted audiences of more than 17 million




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