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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.

Director:

Jonny Campbell

Writers:

Peter Bowker, Victoria Wood (idea)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reece Shearsmith ... Harry Wiseman
Josh Benson Josh Benson ... Little Ernie
Tom Atkinson ... Little Eric (as Thomas Atkinson)
Victoria Wood ... Sadie Bartholomew
Thomas Aldersley Thomas Aldersley ... MC
Vic Reeves Vic Reeves ... George Bartholomew (as Jim Moir)
Ted Robbins Ted Robbins ... Jack Hylton
Jonah Lees ... Young Eric
Harry McEntire ... Young Ernie
Ria Jones Ria Jones ... Landlady
Pam Shaw Pam Shaw ... Lily
Daniel Rigby ... Eric Morecambe
Bryan Dick ... Ernie Wise
Hannah Steele ... Doreen
Esmé Bianco ... Lola
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Storyline

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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Morecambe and Wise See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[Eric and his mother discuss the disastrous TV series]
Sadie Bartholomew: How long are you going to keep this up - this sulking malarkey. You used to sulk when I made you wear that schoolboy outfit - right up till when it got you a big laugh.
Eric Morecambe: Television isn't about dressing up as a schoolboy and singing, you know.
Sadie Bartholomew: Well it certainly isn't about being funny. Not if what I saw you two do is anything to go by.
Eric Morecambe: [sarcastically] Don't go easy on me just because we're related, will you.
Sadie Bartholomew: I don't know how to soft-pedal - ...
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Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 29 December 2010 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

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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The Best Programme of the Festive Period
2 January 2011 | by Bernardo_OReillySee all my reviews

Simply the best programme on British TV over the festive period. Unlike previous biopics of comedians which tend to be dark and depressing, Eric and Ernie was a warm, moving and funny story of the early days of Britain's best loved double act.

The cast was marvellous, it was really like watching the real Eric and Ernie perform. Victoria Wood and Jim Moir (Vic Reeves)were outstanding as Eric's parents.

The film was clearly a labour of love and it shows in every detail.

So why did I give it 9 instead of 10? Well, I would have preferred it to end with their song "Bring Me Sunshine".


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