Morecambe & Wise

Welcome to the Morecambe & Wise website, dedicated to Britain's best and most loved double act, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.

In This Month

9th November 1953...
You're Only Young Once (YOYO), Eric and Ern's first radio series begins on the BBC Northern Home Service.

11th November 1972...
Parkinson interviews Eric & Ern

24th November 1976...
Eric and Ern are awarded their OBE's

23rd November 1978...
Eric & Ern appear in an episode of The Sweeney.

2nd November 2001...
ITV broadcast The Unforgettable Eric Morecambe

News Archives

Morecambe & Wise News 2018

Please note, links from older news items may no longer be accurate.

Xmas Telly

Posted: 17th December 2018
Morecambe and Wise are again on TV over the festive season. We have gathered the dates and times for you, in case you want to record or watch live. View the details here.

Lost Episodes Found

Posted: 15th December 2018
Two episode thought lost from the first BBC series have been found in tact in a derelict cinema in Sierra Leone. The episode have been returned to the UK and will be broadcast on BBC Two over the festive period. The episodes did not appear on the DVDs, as they were assumed lost at the time, so this will be the first time they have been seen since original broadcast.

Ernest Maxin Dies

Posted: 28th September 2018
Earnest Maxin, the choreographer and eventual producer of many Morecambe & Wise shows has sadly died at the age of 95. Along with John Ammonds, he helped make the shows special with classic song and dance routines remembered by fans.

When he became producer, taking over from Ammonds, he poured even more effort into the routines with classics such as Singing In The Rain and Nothing Like a Dame becoming almost legendary.

He helped Eric and Ern reach the top of their game, producing shows that remain in the hearts of fans around the world.

We will publish our interview with him, conducted several years ago (but withheld on request) as a tribute very shortly.

New Book

Posted: 16th September 2018
To celebrate 50 years since the first BBC episode of the Morecambe and Wise Show, Gary Morecambe is releasing a book to commemorate the event. The book is an abridged version of his book published in 2013 and will be called 50 Years of Sunshine. Available soon.

BBC Release Unseen Pics

Posted: 3rd September 2018
To celebrate the 50 years since the first Morecambe & Wise show was screened on the BBC, the organisation has released unseen photographs of the comedy duo, never before seen. Many news sources reported on this, amongst them The Guardian.

The pictures range from behind the scenes shots, publicity shots and personal shots taken away from the studio. Some however are not new and will be familiar to some fans.
It seems odd that the BBC have chosen to forget Running Wild, the first failed series shown on the channel in 1954, instead focusing on the BBC series from 1968.

Regardless, the images are interesting to view and keep Eric and Ern in the public eye.

Xmas Theatre

Posted: 6th August 2018
If you fancy seeing some real live Morecambe and Wise this festive season, why not get yourself to The Lowry theatre in Manchester.

Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel relive some of the greatest sketches, songs and routines. You`ll feel you`ve experienced the real thing and been taken back to a world of sunshine and laughter.

This is a must see for any Eric and Ern fan.

Movie Tease

Posted: 5th August 2018
From the previous news item, you will know about the efforts to raise money to produce a film based on the life of Eric Morecambe. If you want to see a little teaser of what it could look like, head over to Vimeo and check out Mr Sunshine – the teaser.. Fingers crossed this actually gets made.

Morecambe - The Film

Posted: 1st August 2018
A new film about the life of Eric Morecambe could be arriving soon if funding is found for the project. Based on the original play Morecambe staring Bob Golding, the film will be directed by Paul Hendy and written by Tim Whitnall. Bob Golding is set to reprise his role as the famous comedian.
This is something worth keeping an eye on.

Uncle Ernie

Posted: 8th May 2018
We have a wonderful new feature for you, sent to us by Jill. Many knew Ernie as a top class showman, a dancer, a song and dance man, Eric`s best friend and half a star. But to Jill he was just plain uncle Ernie. You can read her memories in this great feature.
We would like to thank Jill for letting us use this memoir.

Doreen Wise Dies

Posted: 29th April 2018
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Doreen Wiseman, wife of Ernie. Doreen met Ernie in 1947 and they married in 1953, remaining together up until Ernie’s death in 1999. She never remarried, claiming no one could ever live up the great man that was half of Morecambe and Wise.

Old Footage

Posted: 26th February 2018
Finally, after over 1 years work, previously lost footage of Morecambe and Wise has been stitched back together from a plate of goo. No, this is not a joke. An old film canister containing material from the first BBC series was found, but the film was in such a bad state, almost goo-like, special techniques had to be used to extract the layers of images.

The full fascinating story can be found on this BBC page.

The final film can be viewed on this BBC page.