This is a selection of some of the most humorous Morecambe & Wise scripts which feature people such as Vanessa Redgrave, John Mills, Cliff Richard, and the famous Antony and Cleopatra sketch with Glenda Jackson. Eddie Braben has also included an introduction to each sketch.
For more than 40 years, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise epitomized the best of British comedy. Beginning their iconic partnership in 1941, they graced stages all over the UK, and moved from radio to TV screen, where they became a staple for family audiences with their famous star-studded Christmas shows, garnering viewing figures as high as 23 million. Many of their routines and sketches are now ingrained on the British memory—from dance routines with the likes of Angela Rippon and Shirley Bassey, to ironic moments in the "plays what Ernie wrote" that featured the likes of Vanessa Redgrave, Penelope Keith, and Peter Cushing, and celebrated encounters with great performers from all corners of the arts, such as Andre Previn. The term "comic genius" can be overused, but never when describing these two. Morecambe & Wise left a legacy that has influenced successive generations from Ben Elton to Miranda Hart, and this delightful book brings their story to life through the inclusion of 20 facsimile documents, many of which have never been seen before.
With a brand new introduction by Eddie Braben and including never-before-seen material Morecambe and Wise charmed a nation for decades and at their height commanded TV audiences that could only be matched by the moon landings and the 1966 World Cup final. Often called the third member of Morecambe and Wise, the late Eddie Braben was the quiet genius behind their best-loved jokes. Here, collected together for the first time, is a celebration of the finest repartee Braben ever penned for them - the banter between Eric and Little Ern, lines from those horrendous plays what Ernie wrote, and the unforgettable celebrity encounters with such names as Glenda Jackson, Andre Previn and, of course, Des O'Connor. The perfect Christmas stocking-filler for Eric and Ernie fans young and old. Ernie: Can you remember the first words you spoke in the theatre? Eric: I'll never forget them. How could I? 'This way, please! Programmes!...' After a couple of months came my big break. That great Shakespearian actor and dance band leader, Sir Lawrence Olivier came to the theatre. Ernie: What happened? Eric: He came up to me. My heart stopped. He said, ' Young man, have you read any of Shakespeare's plays?' Ernie: What did you say? Eric: I said, 'Only two of them.' He said, 'Which ones?' I said, 'Romeo and Juliet.' So he put me in his next play. Ernie: What was it about? Eric: It was about thirty minutes too long.
British television has hosted some celebrated double acts over the years - from the Two Ronnies to Reeves and Mortimer, from French and Saunders to Fry and Laurie and from Mitchell and Webb to Matt Lucas and David Walliams. But none of these acclaimed duos come within a million miles of challenging the cherished place in the folk memory of television's golden age occupied by Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, whose partnership lasted from 1941 to Morecambe' death in 1984. Icons of British television in the 1970s, Eric and Ernie were, in the words of one commentator 'the most illustrious, and the best-loved, double-act that Britain has ever produced'. And Louis Barfe is one of the best-connected and most knowledgeable writers about British post-war light entertainment - both on stage and on television. He has a gift for narrating celebrity lives in a manner that is informative and affectionate but never hagiographic. Funny, human and incisive, Sunshine and Laughter gets to the heart of what made TV's most enduringly popular double act tick.
A reissue of the 1977 original, a scrapbook compendium packed with laughs and jokes, games, snaps and comic strips, stories and spoofs, and even a centrefold - not necessarily in that order. Lots of sunshine, and plenty for a rainy day too. Everything, in fact, that you would expect from Britain's best loved comic duo. They've still got it, you know.
Morecambe and Wise are legends that need no introduction. They charmed a nation for decades and at their height commanded TV audiences that could only be matched by the moon-landings and the 1966 World Cup final. Here collected together for the first time is a celebration of their finest repartee - the banter between Eric and Little Ern, lines from those horrendous plays what Ernie wrote, the wonderful sketches and jokes penned by the likes of Eddie Braben and Fred Metcalf, and the unforgettable celebrity encounters with such names as Glenda Jackson, Andre Preview and, of course, Des O'Connor. The perfect gift to help Eric and Ernie fans enjoy their finest moments and learn those classic lines by heart.
This is not just a biography of Britain's best-loved double-act, it is also the biography of one of British television's best-loved shows. Morecambe and Wise worked together for more than 40 years, honing skills drawn from the music-hall, variety, radio, movies and television and then combining them to produce an award-winning show that became the jewel in the crown of BBC's light entertainment output.
Ann Hamilton (British Actress), Arthur Tolcher, Barry Cryer, Billy Marsh, Bill Cotton, Bring Me Sunshine, Bring Me Sunshine (1984)
Author: Source Wikipedia
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 31. Chapters: Ann Hamilton (British actress), Arthur Tolcher, Barry Cryer, Billy Marsh, Bill Cotton, Bring Me Sunshine, Bring Me Sunshine (1984), Bring Me Sunshine (1994), Dick Hills, Dick Hills and Sid Green, Eddie Braben, Eric & Ernie: The Autobiography of Morecambe & Wise, Eric and Ernie, Eric Morecambe, Ernest Maxin, Ernie Wise, Janet Webb, John Ammonds, John Junkin, List of Morecambe and Wise joint appearances, List of The Morecambe & Wise Show (1978-1983) episodes, Morecambe & Wise: Greatest Moments, Morecambe & Wise: There's No Answer To That!, Morecambe (play), Morecambe and Wise: In Their Own Words, Night Train to Murder, Positive Thinking... (Morecambe and Wise), Rex Rashley, Simon, Simon, That Riviera Touch, The Importance of Being Ernie, The Intelligence Men, The Magnificent Two, The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968-1977), The Passionate Pilgrim (film), The Play What I Wrote, Two of a Kind (UK TV series). Excerpt: Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, usually referred to as Morecambe and Wise, or Eric and Ernie, were a British comic double act, working in variety, radio, film and most successfully in television. Their partnership lasted from 1941 until Morecambe's death in 1984. They have been described as "the most illustrious, and the best-loved, double-act that Britain has ever produced." In a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes drawn up by the British Film Institute in 2000, voted for by industry professionals, The Morecambe and Wise Show was placed 14th. In September 2006, they were voted by the general public as number 2 in a poll of TV's Greatest Stars and in 2011 their early career was the subject of the television biopic Eric and Ernie. Morecambe and Wise's partnership began in 1941 when they were each booked separately to appear in Jack Hylton's revue, Youth Takes a Bow at the Nottingham Empire...
Contextualizing the duo’s work within British comedy, Shakespeare criticism, the history of sexuality, and their own historical moment, this book offers the first sustained analysis of the 20th Century’s most successful double-act. Over the course of a forty-four-year career (1940-1984), Eric Morecambe & Ernie Wise appropriated snippets of verse, scenes, and other elements from seventeen of Shakespeare’s plays more than one-hundred-and-fifty times. Fashioning a kinder, more inclusive world, they deployed a vast array of elements connected to Shakespeare, his life, and institutions. Rejecting claims that they offer only nostalgic escapism, Hamrick analyses their work within contemporary contexts, including their engagement with many forms and genres, including Variety, the heritage industry, journalism, and more. ‘The Boys’ deploy Shakespeare to work through issues of class, sexuality, and violence. Lesbianism, drag, gay marriage, and a queer aesthetics emerge, helping to normalize homosexuality and complicate masculinity in the ‘permissive’ 1960s.