Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 10°C

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

A community leader has made an impassioned plea for a precious area of countryside where 560 homes could be built to be saved from the developers’ bulldozers.

Daryl Goodrich to talk about his life in film making at University of Suffolk

Please get in touch and please come home is the message to missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie McKeague from his uncle, a week after he was last seen.

From the minute The Dreamboys stepped on stage, I knew it was going to be a great show.

Health workers have been caught stealing controlled drugs from some of the region’s hospitals, it can be revealed.

Aspiring rock-gods and up-and-coming shredders have pitted their axe-wielding skills to the test in a competition to find Ipswich’s top air guitar hero.

Five men have been jailed for a total of 112 years for conspiring to murder a man in Bury St Edmunds who was left for dead after being shot with a sawn-off shotgun.

Now 10 games into the season and Ipswich Town sit 13th in the table. Is that going to be the club’s level for the rest of the season?

Police in Ipswich are cracking down on anti-social behaviour in Christchurch Park, after reports of drug users and heavy drinkers in the area.

The first layers of paint concealing one of Carl Giles’s most important pieces of artwork have been scraped away – but it is still too early to tell if it can be salvaged.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24