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Eric & Ernie (2011)

A telling of the fledging careers and early days of the comedy duo that was Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, from their dance-hall performances of northern England to cult status.

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Harry Wiseman
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Thomas Aldersley ...
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George Bartholomew (as Jim Moir)
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In the run-up to World War Two, Ernie Wiseman, a precocious and confident child performer, is signed up by influential impresario Jack Hylton. In Morecambe, pushy stage mum Sadie Bartholomew drags her slightly reluctant son Eric, an eccentric dancer, from one audition to the next until he too becomes a client of Hylton. The boys do not get on at first but Sadie sees a way to exploit their cross-talk and they form a bantering double act as Morecambe and Wise. After war service they become successful on stage and on radio but their attempt to crack the new medium of television is a disaster because they have been forced to accept a script which will make their Northernness acceptable to Southern viewers. They split up. However Sadie knows the formula that once worked and pushes Eric, now married to dancer Joan, into contacting Ernie. They decide to reform, on their own terms, into the act that would become one of the most successful television pairings ever. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Reece Shearsmith plays young Ernie's father and there's a little nod to him playing Papa Lazarou (The League of Gentlemen (1999)) as he puts make up on towards the beginning. See more »

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[Eric and Ernie have just done their first television show and it has received very poor newspaper reviews. Even Eric's mother thinks it was a disaster]
Sadie Bartholomew: [shouting] I can't show me face outside the house! I think we're going to have to move! I told you time and time again to trust your own material! I drummed it into you! And what do you do the moment me back's turned? You forget *everything*!
[Eric walks off and finds his dad sitting alone]
Eric Morecambe: Can I borrow your bike?
George Bartholomew: Where are you planning on going?
Eric Morecambe: ...
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Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 23 May 2011 (2011) See more »

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Positive Thinking
Music by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent
Words by Tony Hatch
Sung by Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise over end credits
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Bringing sunshine
28 September 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Morecambe and Wise have become a much loved comedy duo in Britain mainly because the same few BBC Christmas Specials get constantly repeated. As someone remarked, if they were so good why are we not seeing the rest of their output?

However it was only a matter of time that we see the formation of their beginnings as a partnership in 1941, a friendship that lasted over 40 years. It is undoubtedly a charming story, well acted by both leads that tells the story of these young performers and the beginnings of this famous comedy act until they launch their television careers although it would be some time before they would make it big on television.

Vic Reeves and Victoria Wood play Eric Morecambe's parents although Ernie Wise's parents are not featured. There is nothing much earth shattering here, a tale told well with some sentimentality and stereotypes but despite the acting it is not always entirely memorable.


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