Image shows from L to R: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise.

You're Only Young Once

BBC Home Service sketch show / variety featuring Morecambe & Wise. 30 episodes (3 series), 1953 - 1954. Stars Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Pearl Carr and Deryck Guyler.

You're Only Young Once

Sketch and music series based around the Morecambe and Wise Detective Agency, starring the loveable comedy duo

Sketch Show, Variety
1953 - 1954
BBC Home Service
30   (3 series)
Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Pearl Carr and Deryck Guyler
Frank Roscoe
Ronnie Taylor and John Ammonds

Sketches and music based loosely around the Morecambe and Wise Detective Agency. Each episode would see a special guest star visit the agency in search of help or assistance in some manner.

Guests included: Robert Beatty; Charlie Chester; the Dargie Quintet; the Maple Leaf Four; John Slater; MacDonald Hobley; the Ray Ellington Quartet; the Radio Revellers; and Harry Secombe.

Originally broadcast on the North of England Home Service.

Production Details

Part of

Morecambe & Wise

Production company
Also known as
  • YOYO (Acronym)
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 9th November 1953 on BBC Home Service
Last new broadcast
Friday 17th December 1954 on BBC Home Service
Length of episodes
30 minutes

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