Legendary Two Ronnies script set to fetch £40,000 as the script goes to auction

It is a legendary sketch that ranks among the most popular in British comedy history.

Now the script for the Two Ronnies' classic 'Four Candles' is expected to fetch at least £40,000 when it goes up for auction on Friday.

The four-page document, handwritten by Ronnie Barker and titled 'Annie Finkhouse?' was recently voted the pair's best ever sketch.

First aired in 1976, it begins with Barker in a hardware store asking for what sounds like four candles, which Ronnie Corbett behind the counter pulls from a drawer. 'No,' says Barker's character, 'handles for forks.'

The script for the Two Ronnies' classic 'Four Candles' is expected to fetch at least £40,000 when it goes up for auction on Friday

The script for the Two Ronnies' classic 'Four Candles' is expected to fetch at least £40,000 when it goes up for auction on Friday

And so begins a series of misunderstandings between the pair that leaves the shopkeeper increasingly frustrated but the shopper unmoved.

Describing the scene, Barker wrote: 'An old ironmongers shop.

'A shop that

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