Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

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.

Archant

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

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.

0 comments

A120 at Marks Tey

A young man was killed during a crash between a car and a lorry in Essex this morning.

Colchester police station

An 11-year-old girl from Colchester who police were searching for yesterday (December 2) has returned home.

Partners Barbara Grace and Alan Sarfas are threatening to dismantle their beach hut and rebuild it outside Suffolk Coastal HQ if plans go ahead for a rates rise they say is unaffordable.

“We won’t let this happen without making a lot of noise”.

Bury St Edmunds Pedestrian Zone. St Andrews Street South.

Radical changes are needed to make a Bury St Edmunds pedestrian zone safer for those corssing between the modern Arc shopping centre and the historic part of the town centre, it has been claimed.

Stock image of Pier Avenue, Clacton. Pic: Linda Jacobs.

A man in his 20s was repeatedly punched in the face in Clacton town centre and taken to hospital with a fractured eye socket.

Printer Norman Carter also ran a bi-annual Variety Show to raise money for charity.

A coroner looking into the death of an 85-year-old man whose body was washed up in Orford Ness says we might never know what happened to him.

Mayor of Ipswich Roger Fern renames boats for iDive's 60th celebrations.

A diving club has marked its 60th anniversary by renaming two boats after founding members.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24