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    Sale 5425

    Pop Culture: Entertainment Memorabilia

    4 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 16

    The Two Ronnies

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    The Two Ronnies
    A collection of shooting scripts used by British actor John Owens when working with Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett on TV comedy sketches between circa 1970 and 1984, each mimeographed typescript script signed by Owens; various subjects include the most famous of all Two Ronnies sketches known as Four Candles/Fork Handles this seven-page script with its original title Annie Finkhouse [play on "Anything Else"] By Gerald Wiley [the pseudonym Ronnie Barker wrote under], 1976, signed on the cover by John Owens; other scripts written by Barker using his pseudonym include: Elizabeth Ah Ha!, 1971; You Are What You Eat, 1978; and High Nigh, 1984; various other Two Ronnies' scripts include: Meeting People Is Wrong by Eric Idle, 1971; Party Names by David Nobbs, 1972; and Bar by Valentine Oates, 1972; and an early script from the ITV show Frost On Sunday circa 1970 featuring Barker, Corbett and Owens; accompanied by two corresponding black and white publicity photographs, both signed by Owens, both -- 8x10in. (2.4x25.5cm.); accompanied by a letter concerning the provenance from John Owens (12)

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    The two Ronnies' Four Candles/Fork Handles /Annie Finkhouse sketch was originally broadcast on September 4, 1976 on BBC1. Judged by a TV audience of several million to be the favourite of all wo Ronnies' sketches; it was also recently voted the funniest comedy moment of the 1970s by viewers of UKTV Gold's When Were We Funniest? Set in an ironmonger's store, Barker famously used his gift for wordplay to great effect. Corbett played a shopkeeper who becomes increasingly frustrated by a customer, played by Barker, whom he continually misunderstands. John Owens appeared briefly at the end of the sketch as Corbett's assistant, Mr. Jones, who is called on by Corbett to take over the customer's order when he can tolerate him no longer.

    Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett first collaborated on The Frost Report for the BBC in 1966, which moved to London Weekend Television in 1968 as Frost On Sunday. In 1971, following an impromptu performance at the BAFTAs, the BBC gave them their own series which ran until Barker's retirement in 1987. The series was contributed to by some of Britain's most successful t.v. comedy writers.

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