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The Two Ronnies' famous 'four candles' sketch first aired in September 1976
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The sketch, which involves a mix-up between 'fork handles' and 'four candles', is arguably the most famous created by The Two Ronnies
The sketch features workman Ronnie Barker walking into a hardware shop looking for fork handles and being offered four candles instead by shopkeeper Ronnie Corbett.
Written in red ink on four sides of lined paper, the script includes the original title, Annie Finkhouse and production notes suggesting it was a first draft.It was brought to Antiques Roadshow after being found in a bag of rubbish, and was taken to Ronnie Corbett who confirmed its authenticity.
The 'four candles' sketch
First aired in an episode of The Two Ronnies in September 1976
Also known as The Hardware Shop or Annie Finkhouse, it was chosen as the funniest comedy moment of the 70s on UKTV and finished fifth in Channel 4's Fifty Greatest Comedy Sketches in 2005
At a memorial service for Ronnie Barker in Westminster Abbey in 2005, vergers held four candles instead of two
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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