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Missing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter revealed after 50 years

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the author's estate has released a lost chapter from the book.

The 1961 draft sees Willy Wonka taking the children who won a tour of his factory to the 'Vanilla Fudge Room' and introduces two extra naughty characters - Tommy Troutbeck and Wilbur Rice.

The draft sees Charlie Bucket, his Grandpa Joe and the other children visit Vanilla Fudge Mountain where hundreds of men use picks and drills to work away at the "colossal jagged mountain as high as a five-story building" made of "pale-brown, creamy, vanilla fudge".

In the room Troutbeck and Rice meet a sticky end when they ignore Wonka's warnings and jump on the wagons heading for the 'Pounding and Cutting Room' where the fudge is pounded and cut with knives.

The chapter was apparently binned after Dahl's nephew said it was "rubbish" and his agent, Sheila St Lawrence, suggested it should have "more humour, more light Dahlesque touches throughout".

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published in the US in 1962 and the UK in 1967, in 1971 the book was adapted into the film 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' starring Gene Wilder as the eccentric chocolate factory owner.

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