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

Morecambe & Wise In America

Gold documentary series hosted by Jonathan Ross. 3 episodes (1 series), 2018 - 2019. Features Jonathan Ross, Glenda Jackson, Nicholas Parsons, Millicent Martin and others.

Episode 2 is repeated on Yesterday on Sunday at 7pm.

Ed Sullivan, his band leader, and Morecambe & Wise. Image shows from L to R: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise.

Series 1, Episode 1

This episode tells of Morecambe and Wise's first steps in their American adventure, appearing on the high-rating CBS variety series The Ed Sullivan Show.

Further details

In March 1963, Eric and Ernie made their first trip across the Atlantic to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. Jonathan Ross tells the story of how they had been spotted appearing at The London Palladium by Sullivan, and how he booked them for three performances in that year.

At first the American studio audience weren't sure what to make of Eric and Ernie, and on their first appearance they were listened to in virtual silence. They selected a more physical routine for their second performance, and the reaction improved. With the Sullivan Show's huge ratings, they had begun to crack America.

Featuring footage never seen in Britain before, as well as personal home movie footage from Eric and Ernie's own collections, this episode tells of Morecambe and Wise's first steps in their American adventure.

Broadcast details

Thursday 27th December 2018
60 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Jonathan Ross Host / Presenter
    Glenda Jackson Self
    Nicholas Parsons Self
    Millicent Martin Self
    Diana Rigg (as Dame Diana Rigg) Self
    Shappi Khorsandi Self
    Gina Yashere Self
    Anita Harris Self
    Stephen K Amos Self
    Penn Jillette (as Penn & Teller) Self
    Teller (as Penn & Teller) Self
    Michele Lee Self
    Michael Grade Self
    Gary Morecambe Self
    Vince Calandra Self
    Graham McCann Self
    Susan Hampshire Self
    Joan Morecambe (as Joan Morecambe OBE) Self
    Gail Morecambe Self
    Debra Supnik Self
    Steve Punt Self
    Barry Cryer Self
    Jon Culshaw Self
    William Cook Self
    Eric Morecambe Self (Archive Material)
    Ernie Wise Self (Archive Material)
    Guest cast
    Vina Saffian Self
    Bill Bonhert Self
    Production team
    Simon Lloyd Series Director
    Simon Lloyd Series Producer
    Mark Wells Executive Producer
    Andrew Solt Executive Producer
    Joe McVey Executive Producer
    Helen Nightingale Executive Producer
    Greg Vines US Producer
    Julian Caidan Editor
    Paul King Director of Photography

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