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.