Morecambe & Wise News
Rare Radio Shows
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: 01/04/2013
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: 01/04/2013
New Photograph, Old Statue
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.Posted: 01/04/2013
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.Posted: 30/03/2013
John Ammonds Tribute
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.Posted: 16/02/2013
We have been notified through various sources of the very sad passing of John Ammonds, Eric and Ern's producer throughout most of their radio and television days. John was a tremendous character and a very talented producer, having spent a lifetime in the entertainment industry. We will be releasing our full interview with him as a tribute very shortly.
This sad news comes after the passing of another person with Morecambe and Wise connections, Jean Bamforth. Our recent feature (Morecambe, Bamforth and Wise) tells the story of her life and her connection to Eric and Ern.
Our thoughts are with both families at this very sad time.Posted: 14/02/2013
Lost Tapes Cancelled
The anticipated CD, due for release in January 2013, containing many unheard and previously lost audio material from Morecambe and Wise has been cancelled.
Fans with orders may have already been informed of delays with their order, but they are soon to be told that the product will not be released.
This is very sad news as some of the material planned for the CD had never been heard before and some had been thought lost until recently.
Whatever the reason for the decision, we hope fans will at some time get to hear these rare and important clips, rather than hording them away to be lost or deleted again.Posted: 08/02/2013
A new plaque, commemorating Morecambe and Wise, is to be unveiled at Teddington Studios on Sunday 21st April.
The Heritage Foundation is putting up the plaque where the boys made their last four television series for Thames, and will be amongst other greats of entertainment. Other plaques to people like Keny Everett, Sid James, Benny Hill and Tony Hancock are already there.Posted: 14/01/2013
New Years Update
Find some time at last we have updated the site, back-filling several items, updating reviews and adding some new ones. The main change to current content is for the review
and Episode Guide
for Two Of A Kind Series 1. Thanks to a fan, we have changed the broadcast details and changed the review to reflect the content (our review copies were not complete).
We have added details about the new documentaries put out this year, those being Bring Me Morecambe & Wise (by GOLD) and Morecambe & Wise - Song and Dance (BBC). These have been added to the On The TV
We have also added a new article from 2009 published in Suffolk magazine that interviews Ann Hamilton
Finally we would like to wish you all the best for the new year.Posted: 30/12/2012
Eric Morecambe Hide Open
The original hide at RSPB Leighton Moss, opened by Joan Morecambe in 1986, has seen its fair share of wind, rain and storms, and was beginning to show signs of aging. The RSPB, helped by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Lancashire Environment Fund and Higher Level Stewardship, have built a new hide which was officially opened on Saturday 27th October 2012.
Eric’s daughter Gail was invited to open the hide and was accompanied by Michael Fountain, Erics driver. You can read the full (extended) press release in our features section
and see more image in our galley.Posted: 28/10/2012