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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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.

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Sun 18 May 2014 22:00 BBC Four

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  • Eric and Ernie

    Morecambe and Wise
    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

Eric
Daniel Rigby
Ernie
Bryan Dick
Sadie
Victoria Wood
George
Jim Moir
Harry Wiseman
Reece Shearsmith
Young Eric
Jonah Lees
Young Ernie
Harry McEntire
Little Eric
Thomas Atkinson
Little Ernie
Josh Benson
Joan
Emer Kenny
Doreen
Hannah Steele
Jack Hylton
Ted Robbins
Gordon Noval
Andrew Greenough
Ronnie Waldman
Julian Wadham
Showgirl
Esme Bianco
MC
Thomas Aldersley
Edna
Angela Curran
Vernon
Stephen Aintree
Nigel
Alex Price
Fishmonger
Martin Walsh
Usherette
Clara Darcy
Landlady
Ria Jones
Lily
Pam Shaw
Stage Door Keeper 1
Marcus Taylor
Stage Door Keeper 2
Simon Holland Roberts
Stage Door Keeper 3
Finetime Fontayne
Stage Door Keeper 4
Lee Oakes
Doug
Robert Willox
Billy Crackers
Peter Gunn
Girl from Vasaria
Carolynne Good
Writer
Peter Bowker
Producer
Timothy Bricknell
Director
Jonny Campbell

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