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.
Eric and Ernie
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.
|Harry Wiseman||Reece Shearsmith|
|Young Eric||Jonah Lees|
|Young Ernie||Harry McEntire|
|Little Eric||Thomas Atkinson|
|Little Ernie||Josh Benson|
|Jack Hylton||Ted Robbins|
|Gordon Noval||Andrew Greenough|
|Ronnie Waldman||Julian Wadham|
|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|
|Billy Crackers||Peter Gunn|
|Girl from Vasaria||Carolynne Good|