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Bruisyard: Unique script of Blackadder Christmas special that never was goes under the hammer

06:00 11 December 2012

Paul Rous, who runs Bruisyard Hall, has just bought a Black Adder Christmas script at a charity auction in aid of the Suffolk Foundation.

Paul Rous, who runs Bruisyard Hall, has just bought a Black Adder Christmas script at a charity auction in aid of the Suffolk Foundation.

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IT is one of Britain’s greatest comic institutions and largely regarded as one of the best TV sitcoms of all time.

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So when co-writer Richard Curtis donated a unique piece of Blackadder memorabilia to The Suffolk Foundation the charity was understandably delighted.

The signed 22-page draft for an unfilmed Christmas special was a star attraction at a recent fundraising auction held at Bruisyard Hall, near Framlingham.

It was bought by the venue’s Paul Rous, who was delighted to have secured the manuscript.

“I have always thoroughly enjoyed the Blackadder series and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to own a piece of something I grew up with and have such fond memories of,” he said. “I feel the connection between Blackadder and Bruisyard Hall is a very relevant one given that one highlights the significant periods of British history since the 1400s and the other has lived through them.”

The script comes with a note from Mr Curtis, who has a home in Walberswick and is a great supporter of The Suffolk Foundation.

In it he says the draft was started in 1988 by himself and fellow writer Ben Elton but was abandoned because they feared it might cause too much offence and they had another idea about Blackadder’s Christmas Carol that they wanted to pursue instead. Mr Curtis describes the Christmas special that never was as a “strange mix between Fawlty Towers and the Life of Brian” and finishes by saying: “I hope you enjoy it a bit - but don’t get too excited - for one thing it just stops - it has no end at all.”

The auction - held at Bruisyard Hall as part of a masquerade ball and helmed by Steven Stockton of Bonhams - raised more than £4,000 for The Suffolk Foundation, which distributes grants to charities and community groups across the county.

Other lots included Sunday lunch at Maison Talbooth, a meal at Emmett’s Cafe in Peasenhall, an original Matisse lithograph, a morning on the Newmarket gallops and a tour of the Adnams Copper House Distillery.

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