In This Month
4th July 1963...
Eric and Ern open the Ape house at Belle Vue Zoo.1st July 1970...
The BBC broadcast series 4 of The Morecambe & Wise Show12th July 1977...
Eric was presented with an Honorary Degree from Princess Alexandra by The University of Lancaster23rd July 1999...
A statue of Eric is unveiled by the Queen in Morecambe.
Morecambe & Wise News 2013
Please note, links from older news items may no longer be accurate.
Vampire Now On Kindle
Posted: 27th December 2013
The series of children's books written by Eric in 1982 have been re-released on the Amazon Kindle. Both books, The Reluctant Vampire and The Vampire's Return are included in this edition and can be yours for just £3.99.
Book Reviews Added
Posted: 9th December 2013
In case you were looking for a Christmas present this year, we have added three book reviews covering all of the new publications being published this year. They can all be found in our reviews section.
Posted: 8th December 2013
With the festive season almost here, we present a list of shows featuring Morecambe & Wise for this years viewing. There are some old classics, like GOLD's Bring Me Morecambe and Wise, the usual clips collection in Perfect Morecambe and Wise Xmas, and a new two part program covering the leading ladies and the routines they did in front of the curtains.Click here to see the listings.
Broken Contact Form
Posted: 24th November 2013
It has come to light that our contact form has not been working for at least 6 weeks, which means anything sent to us never arrived. We are trying to fix the problem with our hosting company. If you used the form in the last 6-8 weeks, the chances are we did not receive it.
We have setup a temporary email account that can be used which can be found on the Contact Us page
We appologise for this and hope to restore the contact form as soon as possible.
Driving Mr Morecambe
Posted: 18th October 2013
A new book by the former chauffeur of Eric is to be released on 1st November. This book promises to be different than most other Morecambe & Wise books in that the story is told from his point of view. Including never before seen photographs and behind the scenes stories, this book is an ideal Christmas present. Read more here
Eric and Ern On Tour
Posted: 9th October 2013
Direct from a critically acclaimed sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe premiere and autumn tour, Eric and Little Ern transfers to the West End for an eight-week Christmas season.
The production vividly brings back the warm memories of a bygone era, recreating some of the finest moments of Eric and Ernie’s television and stage performances through the use of classic sketches alongside new material devised by the show’s performers. Newly extended from its Edinburgh hour, the script explores the dynamic that made Morecambe and Wise one of Britain’s most enduringly popular double acts.
Read our review here.
Visit the website for full details and dates.
DVD Delayed Again
Posted: 8th October 2013
The long awaited second series of Two Of A Kind has again been delayed. Anyone who has this item on oder with Amazon should have got an email recently informing them of the new expected release date; March 2014.
Statue Clean Up
Posted: 11th September 2013
The famous statue of Eric Morecambe on the promenade of his home town is due for a clean-up after a friend of the late John Ammonds visited the attraction.
June Tedbury noticed that the engraving around the larger than life statue were getting difficult to read and so complained to the council. Now they are set for a good clean to bring them back to their former glory.
Edinburgh Show Review
Posted: 10th September 2013
A recent trip to the Edinburgh Festival this year would not have been complete without going to see the new play, Eric and Little Ern. How good was it? Read our review
out find out.
The play is now going on tour around the UK, so check their website
Posted: 7th September 2013
A new book by Gary Morecambe is set for release this year, just in time for the festive season. The book, titled, The Treasures of Morecambe and Wise - Bring Me Sunshine contains twenty items/documents of memorabelia from the personal collection of Eric and Ern. The book is available to pre-order on most online sites including Amazon
Posted: 28th August 2013
A new book, published postumously by Eddie Braben is due for release on 26th September. The book titled Eddie Braben's Morecambe and Wise Book features their best routines plus previously unreleased material from the great writer himself. Most online stores should have it available for pre-order including Amazon.
Posted: 21st June 2013
This year at the Edinburgh Festival there will be a new show about Morecambe and Wise. Entitled Eric and Little Ern, the show will vividly bring back the warm memories of a bygone era, recreating some of the finest moments of Eric and Ernie’s television and stage performances with the use of classic material, used with permission of writers who worked with Morecambe and Wise. The show starts in run on July 31st.
For more details visit the shows website.
Posted: 20th June 2013
We have added some new pictures to our gallery that show the unveiling of the new plaque dedicated to Eric and Ernie. The new plaque was unveiled at Teddington Studios in front of Joan and Gail Morecambe along with several celebrity guests. Our thanks to Simon Hildrew for supplying the photographs. View the gallery here.
Eddie Braben Dies
Posted: 21st May 2013
It is with great sadness that we hear of Eddie's passing. Eddie was a wonderful, warm and immensely funny person, who learnt his trade while working on a market stall. From humble beginnings in Liverpool he spanned the heights of show business working for some of the greats. A lot of his writing career was with Ken Dodd, writing quick-fire one-liners that Ken was famous for.
Later he was partnered to Eric and Ernie by Bill Cotton after their previous writers Sid and Dick were tempted back to ATV.
We interviewed Eddie a few years back and he couldn’t have been more amenable, friendly and open. You can read the interview here.
Posted: 19th May 2013
A new plaque has been unveiled today, to commemorate the time spent at Teddington Studios by Morecambe and Wise. A little later than originally planned, the new plaque joins others that name the starts who have worked and filmed at the London studios.
Amongst the guests were Eric’s wife Joan, and daughter Gail, who were thrilled that the Heritage Foundation has chosen to honour the double act.
New Photograph, Old Statue
Posted: 1st April 2013
A very kind Morecambe and Wise fan has sent us a photograph of the fibre glass statue, in its original location, Battersea Park, on 4th September 1977. This image is the first one we’ve seen of the statue in it’s very short-lived appearance in the park. Shortly after it was moved due to complaints from residents. The image can be seen in our feature about the statue
and our gallery page.
Thanks to Stuart for sending us the picture.
Rare Radio Shows
Posted: 1st April 2013
Rare radio shows from 1976 will be broadcast by BBC Radio 4 Extra. Starting on Monday 8th April, six episodes of The Morecambe and Wise Radio Show will be broadcast again. Four of the episodes have not been broadcast since 1976. This is one to add to your diary.
Posted: 1st April 2013
We have added a new article from 1972 entitled A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Boardroom. The artcle appeared in the Sportsworld magazine and focuses on Eric's love of football and of course Luton Town. The article can be found in our Articles section
for 1972 or directly read the article here.
Posted: 30th March 2013
After the Miranda Hart program it would seem that the fibreglass statue of Eric and Ern has been moved from its original location that we tracked down in 2007. The bad news is that the new location is unknown (believed to be South Wales). The good news is that it has at last been renovated. It is good to know that it is being looked after.
You can read our original feature about the statue here.
John Ammonds Tribute
Posted: 16th February 2013
With the very sad passing of John Ammonds on 13th, as a tribute we are releasing our extensive and exclusive interview with him conducted in 2007. We had not previously released this material by request of John himself, as he used much of the content in his after-dinner speaking and events. He asked we use it only when he no longer did these functions. It was a wonderful and insightful interview with a warm and knowledgeable man. You can read the interview here.