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Eric and Ernie

Drama telling the story of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise's formative years, as reluctant performer Eric Bartholomew becomes the funny man to precocious Ernie Wiseman's 'feed'.

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

Sat 1 Sep 2018 19:30

Classic Comedy

Classic Comedy
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BBC Comedy: The Morecambe and Wise Show

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
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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