For many years, one of the best-kept secrets surrounding “The Two Ronnies” was that the guy who wrote many of the show’s best scripts (INCLUDING “Four Candles”) – one Gerald Wiley – was in fact Ronnie Barker (the LARGER Ronnie) himself.
Even the producers didn’t know. Ronnie used a pseudonym because he wanted his work to be judged on MERIT (as a writer, it is difficult to be objective) rather than used because he had written it – and went to great lengths to maintain the deception (like agreeing with anyone who said one of his sketches was below-par).
The ruse worked until “Four Candles” won an AWARD. There was an expectant hush – then Ronnie stood, looked down to his smaller partner and said, “Oh well, I suppose I’d better get my award then.”
The cheer that went up in the hall was the biggest that night.
Despite Ronnie never having been able to find a good last line for the sketch, it is still regarded overall as being one of the finest ever written.
Like “The Parrot Sketch” or “Who’s On First” – an absolute classic.
Here ARE “Four Candles (Fork ‘Andles)” – along with “Squash” and “Your Nuts, Milord” – ENJOY! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9RbYkwj8Wc