Sketches include a number of Christmas carol jokes outside 10 Downing Street, which ends with Peter Cushing finally getting his money back, after 10 years, Eric gives Ernie a giant wallet, Bully on a...
The Morecambe & Wise Show was a long running and massively popular sketch series starring British comedy duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, plus a string of top-name international celebrity guests (of a bygone age), like André Prévin.
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After a nine year run at the BBC various cutbacks meant that their expensively mounted TV shows came under fire. The duo refused to cut corners or compromise resulting in them being asked to be released from their contracts. The BBC did this and Morecambe and Wise took their talents to Thames Television, who were part of the ITV network. Thames had offered the duo a decent deal which they picked up on. The show on ITV did well enough although many people consider their best work to have been in their BBC days. The show ran until the early 1980s at which point Eric was in poor health and was told to slow down. He went into semi retirement, made one TV movie with Ernie (Night train to Murder) for Thames Television and died in May 1984 shortly after filming had been completed. The movie was shown on ITV during Christmas 1984 and was dedicated to him. See more »
And off we go to Thames - the later Morecambe and Wise years
Morecambe and Wise headed to Thames after they had reached their peak at the BBC, and the common theory is that the material produced was much lower during this time.
Yes, both Morecambe and Wise look a bit older, and them not having Eddie Braben writing the scripts at the start of their Thames tenure didn't help, as he was, in my opinion the only one really capable of writing for them inch perfect, but there are some lovely sketches and moments, at least in the early years.
You just have to look a bit harder for it, as in amongst that you do I'm afraid have some weaker things, as well as material being rehashed, not only from the BBC series, but also the ATV years.
My advice would be to pan for the gold and skip the rest.
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