Eric, Ernie and Me
Comedy-drama following the story of how The Golden Triangle was formed and celebrating the man behind Morecambe and Wise's greatest successes.
For over a decade, the Liverpudlian ex-market stall trader Eddie Braben penned Morecambe and Wise's material, reshaping the double act into the Eric and Ernie that the nation took to its heart. But it wasn't all sunshine.
This comedy-drama follows the story of how The Golden Triangle was formed and celebrates the man behind Morecambe and Wise's greatest successes.
In 1969 Eddie Braben was persuaded by the BBC's then Head of Light Entertainment Bill Cotton to make the journey to London to meet Eric and Ernie and their producer John Ammonds. It wasn't a meeting of the minds. But there was a spark, something different and special that Braben saw in the music hall double act who had yet to crack their on-screen presence. He set out to uncover the essence of what would transform them into television's most beloved entertainers.
What followed was years of dedication, determination and hard graft - comedy comes at a price. With the help and support of his wife Deidree, Eddie dug deep, taking on a huge scripting workload that saw Eric and Ernie take over the living rooms and hearts of the UK population.
Year on year a new series, a new Christmas special, incredible celebrity guests and the never-ending commute from home in Liverpool to work in London saw Eddie work himself to the point of exhaustion. He was a man desperate for a break but driven by perfection and the need to make people laugh.
The film culminates in a journey to the iconic 1977 Christmas Show, celebrates a decade of enormous success for both Braben and Morecambe and Wise, whilst not shying away from the pressure and pain Eddie went through to help create the screen work of Britain's beloved double act.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
|Executive Producer||Toby Stevens|
|Executive Producer||Ben Farrell|
|Executive Producer||Gregor Sharp|
|Eddie Braben||Stephen Tompkinson|
|Eric Morecambe||Mark Bonnar|
|Ernie Wise||Neil Maskell|
|John Ammonds||Rufus Jones|
|Deidree Braben||Liz White|
|Bill Cotton||Alex Macqueen|
|Ernest Maxin||Adam James|
|Joan Morecambe||Katherine Kingsley|
|Doreen Wise||Natasha Joseph|
|Verity Lewis||Isobel Middleton|
|Glenda Jackson||Lisa Jackson|
|Andre Previn||Darren Bransford|
|Barry Cryer||Jon Culshaw|
|Vanessa Redgrave||Rosalind Halstead|
|Production Company||Objective Fiction|