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Eric and Ernie, 21 March, 2024, BBC Four

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Prepare yourself for an engaging evening with Eric Morecambe (played by Daniel Rigby) and Ernie Wise (Bryan Dick) as their formative years come to life in this special single drama titled “Eric and Ernie.” Originally broadcast on January 1, 2011, this timeless story traces the journey of these legendary comedians from child stars to national treasures.

With Eric Bartholomew’s first impression of Ernie Wiseman being “big head, short legs,” their enduring friendship sets the stage for their comedic partnership. Encouraged by Eric’s determined mother Sadie, he becomes the funny man to Ernie’s ‘feed.’

From children’s variety shows to climbing the ladder of live performance, they face challenges along the way. After a disastrous television debut in the series Running Wild, Morecambe and Wise learn to trust their own instincts and focus on making people laugh.

Featuring a stellar cast including Victoria Wood as Sadie and Jim Moir (Vic Reeves) as Eric’s father George, this heartwarming drama provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of these beloved entertainers.

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Get ready to be transported back in time with Eric and Ernie on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 8:50 PM on BBC FOUR. This one hour and twenty-nine-minute production will remind you why Morecambe and Wise are forever etched in comedy history.


Isabelle aka Izzy Jacobs is the UK previews specialist at memorabletv.com. Isabelle is particularly drawn to crime dramas, but she also has a not so secret love for all things reality TV. In addition to her work at memorabletv.com, Isabelle is also an avid traveler and a devoted foodie.

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