Image for Eric and ErnieNot currently available on BBC iPlayer

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.

Last on

Sun 9 Sep 2012 22:00 BBC HD

  • Classic comedy

    Classic comedy

    Watch classic Morecambe and Wise clips on the BBC Comedy site.

    BBC Comedy: The Morecambe and Wise Show
  • 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.

  • Photo: Eric & Ernie

    Photo: Eric & Ernie

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

  • BBC TV Blog: Q&A with Jim Moir (Vic Reeves)

    BBC TV Blog: Q&A with Jim Moir (Vic Reeves)

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

    Read the interview with Jim Moir on the BBC TV blog

Credits

Eric
Daniel Rigby
Eric
Daniel Rigby
Ernie
Bryan Dick
Ernie
Bryan Dick
Sadie
Victoria Wood
Sadie
Victoria Wood
George
Jim Moir
George
Jim Moir
Harry Wiseman
Reece Shearsmith
Harry Wiseman
Reece Shearsmith
Young Ernie
Harry McEntire
Young Ernie
Harry McEntire
Little Ernie
Josh Benson
Little Ernie
Josh Benson
Joan
Emer Kenny
Joan
Emer Kenny
Doreen
Hannah Steele
Doreen
Hannah Steele
Jack Hylton
Ted Robbins
Jack Hylton
Ted Robbins
Gordon Noval
Andrew Greenough
Gordon Noval
Andrew Greenough
Ronnie Waldman
Julian Wadham
Ronnie Waldman
Julian Wadham
MC
Thomas Aldersley
MC
Thomas Aldersley
Edna
Angela Curran
Edna
Angela Curran
Nigel
Alex Price
Nigel
Alex Price
Billy Crackers
Peter Gunn
Billy Crackers
Peter Gunn
Writer
Peter Bowker
Writer
Peter Bowker
Director
Jonny Campbell
Director
Jonny Campbell

Broadcasts

Buy online

Available on: DVD

From suppliers including: BBC Shop

Where to buy

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.