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Eric, Ernie and Me (2017)

How Eddie Braben transformed Morecambe and Wise into the nation's most beloved entertainers.

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Dan Zeff

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Neil Forsyth
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Tompkinson ... Eddie Braben
Mark Bonnar ... Eric Morecambe
Neil Maskell ... Ernie Wise
Liz White ... Dee Braben
Rufus Jones ... John Ammonds
Alex Macqueen ... Bill Cotton
Adam James ... Ernest Maxin
Katherine Kingsley ... Joan Morecambe
Natasha Joseph Natasha Joseph ... Doreen Wise
Lisa Jackson Lisa Jackson ... Glenda Jackson
Rosalind Halstead ... Vanessa Redgrave
Darren Bransford ... Andre Previn
Jon Culshaw Jon Culshaw ... Barry Cryer
Susan Twist Susan Twist ... Patsy
Isobel Middleton Isobel Middleton ... Verity Lewis
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Biopic of Eddie Braben's time working as the chief scriptwriter for TV comedy duo Morecambe and Wise during their most successful period in the seventies - and how his genius and ideas transformed their act, and took them to the very top of their profession. But it wasn't always laugh-a-minute for Eddie behind scenes, as the stress of keeping the act at the top of their game took its toll on him. Written by stevecann2003

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29 December 2017 (UK) See more »

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The programme suggests that Eddie Braben wrote the Grieg Piano Concerto sketch in 1971, when in fact it was a reworking of a sketch first shown in the sixties series Two of a Kind: Episode #2.3, written by Sidney Green and Richard Hills. See more »

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Bringing the sunshine
2 January 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

When Morecambe & Wise left the BBC in the late 1970s and switched over to ITV. Popular opinion was that they were never as funny.

In truth, they did not have the same writers who came over to ITV with them. Eddie Braben fashioned the Morecambe & Wise act on their television shows for the BBC.

Braben made them come across as a duo who were friends since 1940 and had toured the music hall stage for years.

This biopic based on true facts shows Braben reluctantly becoming a writer for the Morecambe & Wise show, gauded by the legendary Bill Cotton. Driving himself to a breakdown to make the show funny, to do various re-writes and as the main writer trying to meet deadlines.

Braben was certainly an important clog in the wheel. He created the persona of Ernie wanting to be a playwright, the duo both lying in bed together.

The standout performance comes from Scottish actor Mark Bonnar who plays Eric Morecambe. The drama is also a nice tribute to the genius of Braben but I did feel at times it felt short, maybe the comedy sketches needed to be recreated. It also showed up Eric to be more abrasive, holding back the partnership a little because he was afraid to let Ernie blossom with his own talents as a song and dance man.


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