The original script of a pioneering TV show which introduced comedy legends like Tony Hancock and Benny Hill has gone on sale.
The Educating Archie script which belonged to the show’s star, ventriloquist Peter Brough, is to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne in Somerset.
Educating Archie was a light entertainment programme which ran from 1950-1958, featuring Mr Brough and his doll, Archie Andrews.
Starting on radio, the show proved incredibly popular, averaging 15 million viewers and boasting a large fan club.
It also introduced many famous comedians, including Tony Hancock, Benny Hill, Harry Secombe, Dick Emery, Beryl Reid and many more. In 1958, the show was transferred to television, and was broadcast from 1958-59.
The leather-bound book contains all the scripts from the 1958 television series, and was Mr Brough’s personal copy.
Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said: “This is a wonderful piece of television history from an iconic show of its day. It is very rare to see items like this appearing on the open market, and it should attract a huge amount of interest from collectors.”
The script will be sold in Lawrences’ autumn collectors sale on November 2.