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

Morecambe & Wise In America

  • TV documentary
  • Gold
  • 2018 - 2019
  • 3 episodes (1 series)

Jonathan Ross presents this three-part documentary series telling the story of how Eric and Ernie attempted to break America. Also features Glenda Jackson, Nicholas Parsons, Millicent Martin, Diana Rigg, Shaparak Khorsandi and more.

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

Key details

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2018 - 2019
Channels
Gold
Episodes
3 (1 series)
Features
Jonathan Ross, Glenda Jackson, Nicholas Parsons, Millicent Martin, Diana Rigg, Shaparak Khorsandi, Gina Yashere, Anita Harris and more
Director
Simon Lloyd
Producers
Simon Lloyd, Mark Wells, Andrew Solt, Joe McVey, Helen Nightingale and Greg Vines
Companies

Morecambe & Wise In America tells the story of Eric and Ernie's attempts to break America, featuring over an hour of footage that has never been seen in the UK.

Over the course of five years in the 1960s, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise made multiple trips to New York to appear on the USA's biggest variety show, The Ed Sullivan Show - also credited with helping The Beatles 'crack' America. The untold story of their attempt to make it in the States is documented for the first time, including footage that has never been shown on British television before, alongside Eric and Ernie's own photographs, home movies and memorabilia from the time.

In Morecambe & Wise In America, host Jonathan Ross will also peel back the curtain on the working dynamic of the legendary pair behind the scenes, with contributions from family and colleagues as well as some of the legendary guest stars who worked with them including Glenda Jackson, Nicholas Parsons, Millicent Martin and Dame Diana Rigg.

The series also includes Morecambe & Wise's very first appearances on television in colour.

Additional details

Production
Studio
Picture
Colour

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 27th December 2018 at 8pm on Gold
Most recent repeats
  • Saturday 1st May 2021 at 7:10am on Gold - Episode 3
  • Monday 26th April 2021 at 3:10am on Gold - Episode 3
  • Saturday 24th April 2021 at 7:45am on Gold - Episode 2

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