Two ronnies four candles sketch script

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two ronnies four candles sketch script

Fork Handles: The Bery Vest of Ronnie Barker by Ronnie Barker

With a foreword by Ronnie Corbett.

Loved by millions and collected here for the first time is the very best of Ronnie Barker’s classic sketches, monologues, songs and, of course, the brilliant two-handers that he wrote for The Two Ronnies. Celebrating his genius for comic wordplay, this wonderful collection includes ‘Pismonouncers Unanimous’, ‘An Appeal for Women’ ‘Swedish for Beginners’ and the nation’s favourite sketch, ‘Fork Handles’.

As talented a writer as he was performer, Ronnie Barker was behind the best known Two Ronnies’ material. His comedy writing was so prolific that he began using the pseudonym Gerald Wiley while working on Frost on Sunday, which he continued when making The Two Ronnies, so eager was he to ensure that his writing was judged on its merit alone.

Showcasing the work of a true comic icon, and one of the best writers and comedians of the twentieth century, Fork Handles is every bit as warm and funny as Ronnie Barker himself.
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Published 23.03.2019

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A script for the sketch in Ronnie Barker's handwriting was discovered on Antiques Roadshow in and subsequently authenticated by Ronnie Corbett, who noted that while it was unusual for Barker to write in red ink, it was undoubtedly his handwriting. Corbett surmised that the script may have originally been donated to a charity fund-raiser, as Barker, being uncomfortable with appearing in public, would often donate an item to charity events rather than appearing in person. The sketch was inspired by a real incident in a hardware shop in Hayes , which was submitted by the owners as possible material.
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Two Ronnies Four Candles script to auction

The original script, penned by Ronnie Barker himself and officially titled 'Annie Finkhouse? The classic scene, first aired by the BBC in , features Barker trying to buy handles for garden forks from Ronnie Corbett. It is one of Britain's best-known comedy scenes and has been voted the best-ever Two Ronnies sketch. The original script, penned by Barker himself and officially titled 'Annie Finkhouse? Andrew Stowe, from East Bristol Auctions, said: "This script is one of the most thrilling items we've ever had. It's an absolute icon of British comedy.

A shopkeeper in a hardware shop becomes increasingly frustrated by a customer because he continuously misunderstands what he is requesting.. Both customer and shopkeeper have an accent, especially the customer. Read the explanations to understand the misunderstandings. Word play and homophones exhibit Barker's fascination with the English language and are cleverly used to powerful comic effect in this sketch. What kind of plugs? Electric bathroom plugs, we call them, in the trade.

First aired by the Two Ronnies in , the side-splitting scene is considered one of the greatest pieces of comic writing - and performance - of all time. Barker plays a shop customer who wants to buy "fork handles" - but assistant Ronnie Corbett thinks he wants "four candles". On four A4 pages, it is written in red ink under Barker's alias Gerald Wiley and shows numerous corrections and scribbles. Barker is believed to have given the script away and it first came to light last year on the BBC Antiques Roadshow to the excitement of fans. A spokesman for the Original Memorabilia Company, conducting the sale, said: "The Two Ronnies are a national institution and Ronnie Barker, a comedy genius.

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By Christopher Stevens for the Daily Mail. They're the moments that had the nation shaking with laughter — the funniest scenes and sketches from Britain's best-loved comedy TV shows. Here, in a week-long series to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Weekend magazine, we bring you the rib-tickling treasures as they were originally written. The Two Ronnies shows began with the pair sitting at desks like newsreaders and delivering a series of gags and joke news items. Ronnie Barker : And in a packed show tonight we'll be talking to a pathetic out-of-work contortionist who claims that he can't make both ends meet. RC : And to a masochist who likes nothing better than a cold bath in the morning — so he has a warm bath in the evening. RB : And then a lady who's a world authority on carpets, an expert on rugs and not at all bad on lino.

The famous sketch employs wordplay to comic effect when Barker's character goes into a hardware store, run by Ronnie Corbett, with a seemingly simple request for "fork handles", and ends up with four candles instead. Also known as The Hardware Shop or Annie Finkhouse skit, the short performance frequently charts as one of the nation's best-loved comedy scenes. Since first airing in September , it has been immortalised by a pub named The Four Candles in Barker's home-town of Oxford. To hold Ronnie Barker's hand-written script for one of the most iconic comedy sketches in history was beyond words. The sketch was apparently inspired by a real event which took place in a shop in Broadstairs, Kent. It was authenticated by Corbett who surmised that Barker, who rarely wrote in red ink, may have penned for a charity auction as he was sometimes uncomfortable with public appearances.


  1. Flavia L. says:

    Some sketches from the Little Britain pairing of David Walliams and Matt Lucas have stood the test of time better than others.

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