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Woman recreates iconic 1970s Two Ronnies 'Four Candles' sketch

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Woman recreates iconic 1970s Two Ronnies 'Four Candles' sketch

Woman recreates iconic 1970s Two Ronnies 'Four Candles' sketch

An amateur film-maker has recreated the hilarious Two Ronnies 'Four Candles' sketch in the old-fashioned local hardware shop she has visited since a little girl.Every time Vicky Holton visited ironmongers and merchants store Odell & Co.

She says she was reminded of the classic 1976 BBC comedy sketch.And in November last year the designer and singer was struck with the idea of making her own version of the sketch in the family-run store.She quickly found two male friends to play the parts of the shopkeeper, originally played by Ronnie Corbett and the difficult customer, originally Ronnie Barker.After casting the two pals from her local acting group in Stony Stratford, near Milton Keynes, Bucks., her nostalgic sketch came together in a perfect re-enactment.Sean Calvert, who took the role of the shopkeeper, and Dave Pibworth, who played the customer, both brilliantly acted out the 43-year-old sketch, right down to the body language.The store itself was set up in almost exactly the same way as H.

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Harrington's general ironmonger in Broadstairs, Kent - where the Two Ronnies filmed their sketch. Vicky said: "It's really funny how small details make all the difference."This whole thing came out of just a thought from the blue I had in the middle of the night last November.

But we enjoyed filming it so much."Vicky's video has been a big hit around her hometown of Stony Stratford - with people stopping her in the street since it was filmed in January to chat to her about it.And Vicky, whose family has lived in Milton Keynes for generations, added that she has been visiting Odell & Co.

With her grandparents and her mother since she was a little girl.She said: "The two shop owners, David Odell and his brother Richard, have known me most of my life.

They've seen me grow up."My mother calls them 'the boys'.

My grandparents used to go in that shop when they were young, too."David didn't really understand what I was doing - but because he knows me quite well he was happy to let me use the shop for an afternoon."She added: "It's heartwarming to see the place still there and thriving and still well loved by people."The sketch - which was filmed one Sunday afternoon in January - has racked up over 8,000 views on YouTube, with viewers from as far as Tokyo, Beijing, and Florida.And although her two actors had only met the day before filming, they managed to strike up a perfect rapport on camera.Now, it seems Vicky has got the bug, and is considering filming something similar in the future."Never say never.

I'm sure there are other ones we can do.

We enjoyed it so much," she said.Odell & Co.

Has been run by the Odell family for almost 160 years, since 1863.David Odell, who has co-run the shop with his brother Richard for the last 50 years, said: "I was initially somewhat surprised that Vicky wanted to re-film the sketch on our premises."But when I thought about it, I was quite excited about the idea. "I remember people coming in to the shop back in the 1970s when the sketch first came out, and quoting the Two Ronnies, asking for four candles."A lot of local people seem delighted that Vicky has rehashed the sketch."The original sketch was penned by Ronnie Barker under the pseudonym Gerald Wiley.It was inspired by a couple who ran a hardware shop in Hayes, west London, and who wrote about amusing things that happened in their shop.The sketch is regularly voted as one of the best comedy scenes of all time. 

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An amateur film-maker has recreated the hilarious Two Ronnies 'Four Candles' sketch in the old-fashioned local hardware shop she has visited since a little girl.Every time Vicky Holton visited ironmongers and merchants store Odell & Co.

She says she was reminded of the classic 1976 BBC comedy sketch.And in November last year the designer and singer was struck with the idea of making her own version of the sketch in the family-run store.She quickly found two male friends to play the parts of the shopkeeper, originally played by Ronnie Corbett and the difficult customer, originally Ronnie Barker.After casting the two pals from her local acting group in Stony Stratford, near Milton Keynes, Bucks., her nostalgic sketch came together in a perfect re-enactment.Sean Calvert, who took the role of the shopkeeper, and Dave Pibworth, who played the customer, both brilliantly acted out the 43-year-old sketch, right down to the body language.The store itself was set up in almost exactly the same way as H.

E.

Harrington's general ironmonger in Broadstairs, Kent - where the Two Ronnies filmed their sketch.

Vicky said: "It's really funny how small details make all the difference."This whole thing came out of just a thought from the blue I had in the middle of the night last November.

But we enjoyed filming it so much."Vicky's video has been a big hit around her hometown of Stony Stratford - with people stopping her in the street since it was filmed in January to chat to her about it.And Vicky, whose family has lived in Milton Keynes for generations, added that she has been visiting Odell & Co.

With her grandparents and her mother since she was a little girl.She said: "The two shop owners, David Odell and his brother Richard, have known me most of my life.

They've seen me grow up."My mother calls them 'the boys'.

My grandparents used to go in that shop when they were young, too."David didn't really understand what I was doing - but because he knows me quite well he was happy to let me use the shop for an afternoon."She added: "It's heartwarming to see the place still there and thriving and still well loved by people."The sketch - which was filmed one Sunday afternoon in January - has racked up over 8,000 views on YouTube, with viewers from as far as Tokyo, Beijing, and Florida.And although her two actors had only met the day before filming, they managed to strike up a perfect rapport on camera.Now, it seems Vicky has got the bug, and is considering filming something similar in the future."Never say never.

I'm sure there are other ones we can do.

We enjoyed it so much," she said.Odell & Co.

Has been run by the Odell family for almost 160 years, since 1863.David Odell, who has co-run the shop with his brother Richard for the last 50 years, said: "I was initially somewhat surprised that Vicky wanted to re-film the sketch on our premises."But when I thought about it, I was quite excited about the idea.

"I remember people coming in to the shop back in the 1970s when the sketch first came out, and quoting the Two Ronnies, asking for four candles."A lot of local people seem delighted that Vicky has rehashed the sketch."The original sketch was penned by Ronnie Barker under the pseudonym Gerald Wiley.It was inspired by a couple who ran a hardware shop in Hayes, west London, and who wrote about amusing things that happened in their shop.The sketch is regularly voted as one of the best comedy scenes of all time.





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