Two Of A Kind. Image shows from L to R: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise. Image credit: Associated Television.

Two Of A Kind

A familiar mix of sketch, stand-up and special guests starring comedy legends Morecambe and Wise

Strand:
Morecambe & Wise
AKA:
The Morecambe And Wise Show; Bernard Delfont Presents: Two Of A Kind
Genre:
Sketch Show
Broadcast:
1962 - 1963  (ITV)
Episodes:
26 (2 series)
Starring:
Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise
Writers:
Sid Green, Dick Hills
Production:
Associated Television

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise star in their own sketch-based entertainment show, mixing contemporary TV spoofs with musical performances, historical epics, plenty of comic banter, and an array of humourous takes on modern life.

Each episode ends with Eric and Ern trying - and failing - to exit through a different door.

Our Review: The ingredients are all here. After the failure of Running Wild, a show reportedly so bad it almost killed Morecambe & Wise's television career before it had begun, the duo's 1961 ATV series began sowing the seeds of success, and Two Of A Kind continued the vein a year later.

To anyone who's familiar with the later (1968 - 1977) BBC series, the format of the show will be no surprise. The full-on magic of those later BBC shows isn't quite in place yet, and we'd be lying if we were to say that there isn't the odd sketch that could have done with another draft - but the chemistry between Eric and Ernie is magical, and there are some fabulously funny sketches to enjoy, plus a range of fascinating musical performances from the likes of The Beverley Sisters.

Constantly charming, often hilarious, and unlike many contemporaries, it stands up incredibly well in 2011 - what more could you want?