Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves) and Victoria Wood star as Eric Morecambe's parents in the one off drama, Eric & Ernie.

Victoria Wood is also the executive producer of the programme. It was her idea to focus the story on the pair's boyhood friendship when they were child performers in variety shows, and their efforts to get established in the mainstream.

I got a quick chance to ask Jim about his part in the production.

How did you come to be involved in Eric & Ernie?
My agent rang me to go for a reading with Victoria Wood. I didn't feel nervous. I got called back, and then I got a phone call to say yes, you're doing it.

Was it a laugh working with Victoria, or serious hard work?
It was pretty much work because things moved quite fast during filming, but we did go out a couple of nights. We did some people-watching which was quite good fun.

Which is your favourite Morecambe and Wise sketch?
I seem to remember seeing one years ago when they were watching Frank Sinatra from the side of the stage doing a song. It made me laugh a lot.

Did you like wearing the vintage outfits?
It was like a busman's holiday for me. I could have taken my own wardrobe! [laughs] I like doing period stuff, especially the 1930s.

What was the hardest bit of production?
Nothing really, because it's fun. I think if you like what you're doing, it's not hard. Don't know if acting is hard. I think if you think it is you're in the wrong profession.

What was your favourite moment?
Probably the first scene I filmed when it was torrential rain. Me and Sadie [Eric Morecambe's mum, as played by Victoria Wood], we had to do a tender scene on the bench and then sun suddenly came out. [See video above]. It was the most brilliant sunset. It heralded the rest of the production for me. It was just a great moment.

What touches you the most about this story?
I suppose it was three parts - the Eric and Ernie story and my part as George, he was having to put up with quite a bit with Sadie being away, but he got his life back in the end.

The scene where George and Sadie are sitting with all the people in the area at their house watching Eric and Ernie in their first TV show, Running Wild, and they weren't very good.

I'm not sure if you'd call it touching but it's poignant. It must have been difficult for the parents to have invited the whole neighbourhood round and the show turns out to be a flop.

The film is like a very moving ballad, there are high points and low points. So when you stop crying, you started laughing.

Victoria said she wanted a man to write the script, to capture the authenticity of the men's friendship. What was your first thought when you read the script?
When I first got the script I looked at my part first and I immediately liked him, and then I read the whole story and I thought it was quite gripping and it moves along at a pace. Every word was right, there wasn't any point where I questioned it.

Jim Moir plays George Bartholomew, father of Eric Morecambe, in Eric & Ernie.

Eric & Ernie is on BBC Two at 9pm in England, Scotland and Wales and at 10.35pm in Northern Ireland on Saturday, 1 January.

It's repeated on the BBC HD channel at 10.30pm on Thursday, 6 January.

You can watch classic Morecambe And Wise clips on the BBC Comedy website.

Fiona Wickham is the editor of the BBC TV blog.

Comments made by writers on the BBC TV blog are their own opinions and not necessarily those of the BBC.

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by lizasumm

    on 8 Jan 2011 17:32

    Absolutely brilliant in every way- thank you. A real treat! Thank you BBC and all the people involved with this superb production.

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by retroblogger

    on 7 Jan 2011 11:28

    Brilliant in almost every respect. One minor criticism about the sound though. Whenever we heard a performances in the background, there was far too much reverberation, making it very difficult to understand what was being said. Also, it always seems to be the same reverberation irrespective of the location. Minor I know, but it spoilt it a little for me as it sounded too artificial.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by ClintH

    on 6 Jan 2011 02:29

    Brilliant! The actors performances spookily believable!

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by Sue_Aitch

    on 5 Jan 2011 17:19

    For smashy, message 23: the credits are here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wy7ck

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by teresa

    on 5 Jan 2011 00:24

    The show of Eric&Ernie brought back good memories, much laughter. Well presented by Victoria Wood & all involved.

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by roomster02

    on 4 Jan 2011 20:50

    ERIC&ERNIE,was a brilliant peice of television,as a life long fan of morcame&wise i thought all the actors gave a tremendous preformance,maybe the powers that be could make more programmes following the boys careers.well done to all.

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by smashy

    on 3 Jan 2011 19:49

    Victoria Wood once again show's her brilliance and is just not seen enough either as an acress or comedienne. I was enthralled by the whole show and cannot give enough praise for all those involved. Unfotunately something that happens all too often is that when the credits are shown thay are miniaturised whilst another programme is advertised and I was unable to see who played Ernies wife. Was it Jessie Buckley, an oustanding young singer on the up ?

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by jenhanlon

    on 2 Jan 2010 20:12

    brilliant - enjoyed this programme so much. Christmas was always a time for Morecombe and Wise and this just made christmas for me. The acting was fabulous from all the main characters, and the script really drew me into the lives of these characters too. I cried (especially when Ernie's dad left him in the hotel room) and laughed an awful lot.... Watching the 1977 christmas show tonight I was even more in awe of the actors who played Eric and Ernie. Well done BBC for giving them another chance after their first TV flop and for bringing them back to life!!!!

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by Basjean1

    on 2 Jan 2010 16:48

    pure joy, cant remember the last time I enjoyed an evenings viewing without interruption of adverts etc., Victoria you are wonderful. the whole evening was wonderful. many thanks Jean

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by Philip M

    on 2 Jan 2010 09:35

    An excellent portrayal of E&E, showing us that it takes time to work up through the old variety circuit. You didn't get overnight sensations in those days.
    Jim Moir was great casting too. Hope he gets more opportunity to fine tune his acting skills.

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