Morecambe & Wise
Laugh it up with Morecambe & Wise
“We were travelling from Birmingham to Coventry during the blitz. Eric's mother suggested that we should try to become a double act” ~ Ernie Wise
The Morecambe and Wise Show, which ran from 1968-1977 proved to be a golden period in their TV careers. During this time the writers developed the relationship between the two, with Eric as the childlike common man and Ernie as the slightly pompous aspiring playwright.
Their end-of-year Christmas specials became wildly popular in the 1970s – with the 1977 show attracting over 28 million viewers (around half the UK population at the time!).
The duo were very popular in Blackpool, and whilst starring in a show here in 1963, a statue of Eric was sculpted by Victor Heyfron. It can be found along the promenade!
Both Morecambe and Wise were awarded an OBE in 1976.
Their early careers where subject to a television biopic called Eric and Ernie in 2011.
In 2013 the duo were honoured with a Blue Plaque at Teddington Studios where their last four series were recorded.
“My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and I told him of course he could, so long as he didn't take it out of my garden” ~ Eric Morecambe