Somebody Laughed: Eddie Braben Brings You Sunshine
Writer Eddie Braden's highlights: Morecambe and Wise, The Show With Ten Legs, Ken Dodd Show, Jimmy's Cricket Team, Worst Show on the Wireless and Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show.
The man who brought sunshine to Eric and Ernie brings some golden rays into your ears - selecting shows what he wrote:
Most famed for his close working with relationship with evergreen double act Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, Eddie Braben penned some of their most famous lines.
Of course, that wasn't the only string to his bow – other beneficiaries of his strong comic writing include Ken Dodd and Jimmy Cricket, whose work also features. Eddie himself also steps into the spotlight to helm his own vehicle the Worst Show on the Wireless – joined by Alison Steadman. In between, he reminisces about radio and what it has meant to him.
* Morecambe and Wise (December 1977)
* The Show With Ten Legs (February 1977)
* The Ken Dodd Show - Star Parade (July 1963)
* Jimmy's Cricket Team (June 1991)
* The Worst Show in the Wireless (February 1975)
* The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show (December 1977)
When Eddie Braben passed away at the age of 82 in May 2013, Bruce Forsyth was one of those keen to pay tribute. Eddie began his writing career penning jokes on the back of paper bags on a fruit and veg stall.
Producer: Martin Dempsey
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in May 2007.