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Eric and Ernie

Single drama telling the story of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise's formative years, from child stars to national treasures.

'Big head, short legs' is Eric Bartholomew's first impression of Ernie Wiseman, but their friendship endures and, encouraged by his well-meaning but determined mother Sadie, Eric became the funny man to Ernie's 'feed'.

After a successful stint in children's variety, they work their way up the ladder of live performance, but after a disastrous television debut in the series Running Wild, Morecambe and Wise learn to trust their own instincts and just make people laugh.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sun 18 May 2014 22:00

Classic Comedy

Classic Comedy
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Eric and Ernie

Eric and Ernie
Ernie Wise played by Bryan Dick and Eric Morecambe played by Daniel Rigby.

About Eric & Ernie

Bafta-winning writer Peter Bowker's touching and funny single drama tells the story of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise's formative years, from children's variety stars to national treasures.

A chance meeting between precocious child-star Ernie Wiseman (Wise) and reluctant performer Eric Bartholomew (Morecambe) on the children's variety circuit saw the start of an unlikely friendship.

Encouraged by his well-meaning but determined mother Sadie, because, "You aren't good at anything else," Eric became the funny man to Ernie's "feed". After a successful stint in children's variety, they worked their way up the ladder of live performance, but, after a disastrous television debut in the series Running Wild, Morecambe and Wise learned to trust their own instincts and just make people laugh – and laugh they did.

Starring Victoria Wood as Sadie and Jim Moir (Vic Reeves) as Eric's father, George, the cast list also includes Bryan Dick as Ernie Wise; Daniel Rigby as Eric Morecambe; Reece Shearsmith as Harry Wiseman, Ernie's dad; and Emer Kenny as Joan, Eric's wife. The producer is Timothy Bricknell and the director is Jonny Campbell.

Credits

Role Contributor
EricDaniel Rigby
ErnieBryan Dick
SadieVictoria Wood
GeorgeJim Moir
Harry WisemanReece Shearsmith
Young EricJonah Lees
Young ErnieHarry McEntire
Little EricThomas Atkinson
Little ErnieJosh Benson
JoanEmer Kenny
DoreenHannah Steele
Jack HyltonTed Robbins
Gordon NovalAndrew Greenough
Ronnie WaldmanJulian Wadham
ShowgirlEsme Bianco
MCThomas Aldersley
EdnaAngela Curran
VernonStephen Aintree
NigelAlex Price
FishmongerMartin Walsh
UsheretteClara Darcy
LandladyRia Jones
LilyPam Shaw
Stage Door Keeper 1Marcus Taylor
Stage Door Keeper 2Simon Holland Roberts
Stage Door Keeper 3Finetime Fontayne
Stage Door Keeper 4Lee Oakes
DougRobert Willox
Billy CrackersPeter Gunn
Girl from VasariaCarolynne Good
WriterPeter Bowker
ProducerTimothy Bricknell
DirectorJonny Campbell

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