Entertainment Ronnie Barker’s handwritten script for timeless 1976 Four Candles sketch is set to sell for £40,000 (or was that Fork Handles?)

09:20  17 may  2018
09:20  17 may  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The original handwritten version of comic legend Ronnie Barker ’ s celebrated Four Candles sketch was sold for more than £50, 000 on Thursday. ‘Brown pumps, size 9’: The Two Ronnies .

Ronnie Barker ’ s handwritten script for the classic Four Candles sketch is to go under the hammer again. The sketch , which aired September 1976 was officially titled Annie Finkhouse and Ronnie Corbett previously confirmed the script was genuine.

A statue of Ronnie Barkerm, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury © Press Association A statue of Ronnie Barkerm, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Ronnie Barker's famous 'Four Candles' sketch is set to sell for £40,000 at auction.

The handwritten classic scene, voted the best-ever Two Ronnies sketch, was first aired by the BBC in 1976.

The nationally adored comedy classic features Barker trying to buy handles for garden forks from Ronnie Corbett.

The pint-sized shop worker misunderstands and pulls four candles out of the drawer.

a person standing in front of a store: The Two Ronnies, Barker and Corbett during their most famous sketch 'Fork Handles' which aired for the first time in 1976 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Two Ronnies, Barker and Corbett during their most famous sketch 'Fork Handles' which aired for the first time in 1976

The original script, penned by Barker himself and officially titled 'Annie Finkhouse?' is now up for sale and expected to sell for £40,000.

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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.

Remarkably, this is less than the £48,500 which the current owner paid for it in 2007 after it appeared on an episode of the Antiques Roadshow the year before.

a close up of text on a white background: The script by Ronnie Barker is written under pen name G Wiley since the comedian awnted to be judged on the quality of his work and not his reputation © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The script by Ronnie Barker is written under pen name G Wiley since the comedian awnted to be judged on the quality of his work and not his reputation

The Two Ronnies, Barker and Corbett during their most famous sketch 'Fork Handles' which aired for the first time in 1976

East Bristol Auctions will be selling the script on June 1 - and with a £40,000 guide price tag is potentially the most valuable item the Hanham-based saleroom has ever auctioned.

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.

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In this sketch , Ronnie Barker asks the Shop Assistant for " Four Candles ". {The whole humour is based on pronouciation. ' Fork Handles ', sounds like "For_ _Andles" or "For Kandles", which sounds like " Four Candles ".

The handwritten script of The Two Ronnies ' famous Fork Handles sketch could fetch up to £80, 000 at auction. The script , penned by the late Ronnie Barker in the 1970 s , went on to be voted the greatest Two Ronnies sketch in a TV special.

a close up of text on a white background: The sketch is so famous a pub in Oxford was named after it. The script is now being sold in Bristol with an estimated price tag of £40,000 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The sketch is so famous a pub in Oxford was named after it. The script is now being sold in Bristol with an estimated price tag of £40,000

'When it first came in to us, I was shaking with delight. 'Fork Handles' is a huge part of the British psyche - and this script was its birth. It's a 'holy grail' for collectors.

'It is an absolutely iconic piece of our social history - not just television history.'

Barker, under his pen name, G Wiley, wrote 'Annie Finkhouse?' in red ink.

a man standing in a room: East Bristol Auctions will be selling the script on June 1 in Hanham and with a £40,000 guide price could become the site's most expensive selling item © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited East Bristol Auctions will be selling the script on June 1 in Hanham and with a £40,000 guide price could become the site's most expensive selling item

Describing the scene, 'Wiley' wrote: 'An old ironmongers shop. A shop that sells everything. Garden equipment, ladies tights, builders supplies, mousetraps, everything. A long counter up and downstage. A door to the back of the shop up left.

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The Four Candles sketch , originally titled The Hardware Shop or Annie Finkhouse [1] is a sketch from the BBC comedy The Two Ronnies . Written by Ronnie Barker under the pseudonym of Gerald Wiley, it was first broadcast on Saturday, 4 September 1976 on BBC1.

Ronnie Barker ' s handwritten version sold at auction in 2007 for £48,500. "He was delighted to find that one of them was that from the Annie Finkhouse sketch , the working title for Four Candles .

The back wall also has a counter. Lots of deep drawers and cupboards up high so that R.C. has to get a ladder to get some of the goods that R.B orders. (Please discuss).'

It continues:

a close up of text on a whiteboard: Ronnie Barker's handwritten four-page script for the Fork Handles sketch is well-known across the nation. References to the script were made at the funerals of both Ronnies © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ronnie Barker's handwritten four-page script for the Fork Handles sketch is well-known across the nation. References to the script were made at the funerals of both Ronnies

R.C Yes Sir?

R.B. Four candles?

R.C. Four candles, yes sir. (He gets four candles from a drawer) There you are.

R.B. No - fork handles

R.C. Four candles. That's four candles.

Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker during filming of The Two Ronnies. © Press Association Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker during filming of The Two Ronnies.

R.B. No. Fork handles. Handles for forks.

R.C. Oh fork handles (he gets a garden fork handle from the top of the shelf). Anything else?'

The sketch is so famous a pub in Barker's home town of Oxford, was named after it.

At Barker's memorial service at Westminster Abbey in 2006, vergers carried four huge candles.

a close up of text on a whiteboard: During the sketch the Twon Ronnies - Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbet - famously misunderstand one another with hilarious results © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited During the sketch the Twon Ronnies - Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbet - famously misunderstand one another with hilarious results

Four candles were also lit at Corbett's funeral in 2016.

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Original script of Two Ronnies ' ' fork handles ' sketch to be auctioned 8 Dec 2017 Penned by Ronnie Barker , the single sheet – handwritten in red ink – is expected to fetch up to £40000 at auction.

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Barker, who was famously very shy, would often donate items to local charity auctions and raffles during the Seventies and Eighties and it is presumed that this is how it came to be in public hands.

It is thought he used pen names so comedy bosses would be able to make a more balanced decision on the sketch, rather than knowing it had been written by one-half of Britain's most famous comedy act.

a close up of text on a whiteboard: The classic scene, first aired by the BBC in 1976, features Barker trying to buy handles for his garden forks from Ronnie Corbett. But the pint-sized shopworker misunderstands and pulls four candles out of the drawer © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The classic scene, first aired by the BBC in 1976, features Barker trying to buy handles for his garden forks from Ronnie Corbett. But the pint-sized shopworker misunderstands and pulls four candles out of the drawer

The script has been consigned to East Bristol Auctions' 'TV, Film & Entertainment Memorabilia' sale on June 1.

Andrew Stowe, from East Bristol Auctions, added: 'Fork Handles' is woven into the very fabric of our day-to-day lives, and it wouldn't exist without this document.

'To see the actual handwritten draft, the way the page is laid out, and Ronnie's actual handwriting is just incredible

. a close up of text on a whiteboard: espite the eye-watering price-tag, it is less than the £48,500 which the owner paid for it in 2007 after it appeared on an episode of the Antiques Roadshow the year before © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited espite the eye-watering price-tag, it is less than the £48,500 which the owner paid for it in 2007 after it appeared on an episode of the Antiques Roadshow the year before

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The Four Candles sketch , originally titled The Hardware Shop or Annie Finkhouse is a sketch from the BBC comedy duo The Two Ronnies . Written by Ronnie Barker under the pseudonym of Gerald Wiley, it was first broadcast on Saturday, 18 September 1976 on BBC1.

Ronnie Barker ’ s original Fork Candles script will be sold at Hansons Auctioneers, in Heage Lane, Etwall, Derbyshire, on Wednesday, December 20 with an estimate of £30, 000 -£ 40 , 000 .

'This was a man on top of his game, at the peak of his career, writing arguably his most famous sketch.

'It's just four pages of handwriting, but those four pages are the most important ever written in British comedy history.'

a close up of text on a whiteboard: East Bristol Auctions will be selling the script on June 1 - and with a £40,000 guide price itís potentially the most valuable item the Hanham-based saleroom © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited East Bristol Auctions will be selling the script on June 1 - and with a £40,000 guide price itís potentially the most valuable item the Hanham-based saleroom

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