The musical guests are Los Zafiros, Glenda Jackson, André Previn and Shirley Bassey. A variety of sketches finishes with Ernie's latest play called 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' starring Francis Matthews as King RIchard.

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Eric Morecambe ...
Himself
Ernie Wise ...
Himself
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Herself
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Herself
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Himself
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Himself (as Andre Previn)
Los Zafiros ...
Themselves
Ann Hamilton ...
Kenneth Hendel
Rex Rashley ...
Robin's Merry Man
Arthur Tolcher
Ken Alexis
The Mike Sammes Singers ...
Themselves
Dick Emery ...
Himself
Frank Bough ...
Himself - Fred and Ginger Sketch Chorus
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Eric and Ernie receive Christmas presents from the BBC but all are not equal. Eric and Ernie play turkeys but so far they have escaped the Christmas plate. Los Zafiros perform a "María Isabel". Glenda Jackson is introduced to the audience. Eric, Ernie and Glenda do a homage to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers with a singing and dancing routine to songs such as "Let's Face The Music And Dance" and "Just the Way You Look Tonight". Ernie introduces André Previn who is to conduct the orchestra whilst Eric plays Grieg's Piano Concerto. Shirley Bassey is introduced and sings "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" with some assistance of Eric and Ernie. She then sings "Diamonds Are Forever". Ernie's tries to give a piano recital. Francis Matthews stars as King RIchard in Ernie's play called 'The Adventures of Robin Hood'. Written by jem

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25 December 1971 (UK)  »

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[Eric tries to play Grieg's piano concerto]
André Previn: You're playing all the wrong notes.
[Eric stands up and seizes André Previn by the lapels]
Eric Morecambe: No. I'm playing all the *right* notes. But not *necessarily* in the right order.
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Morecambe and Wise's Best Show Ever
19 December 2015 | by (Whitehaven Cumbria) – See all my reviews

I think 1971 was their best of Eric and Ernie's Christmas Shows for BBC 1. There must be very few people who haven't seen the hilarious Grieg's Piano Concerto sketch where Eric infuriates Andre Previn and plays the concerto so badly causing the orchestra to stop, telling an irate Previn, " I'm playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order". It is a highlight of a fantastic show that features Shirley Bassey being bombarded with smoke when she sings " Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and Eric threatening to resign from the BBC and go back to ITV.

Other shows are good, but 1971 seemed to be the breakthrough show for the BBC, and saw Morecambe and Wise become so popular that their last BBC1 show attracted 28 million viewers in 1977( over half the population).


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