Morecambe & Wise Forever. Image shows from L to R: Ernie Wise, Eric Morecambe. Copyright: Shiver Productions
Morecambe & Wise Forever

Morecambe & Wise Forever

  • TV documentary
  • ITV3
  • 2017
  • 2 episodes (1 series)

Two part documentary celebrating the famous British comedy double act. Features Gail Morecambe, Gary Morecambe, Joan Morecambe, Mike Fountain, Michael Grade and more.

Morecambe & Wise Forever. Copyright: Shiver Productions

Key details

2 (1 series)
Gail Morecambe, Gary Morecambe, Joan Morecambe, Mike Fountain, Michael Grade, Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise and Martin Clunes
Patrick Talbot
Ali Lynch, Mark Robinson and Kerry Allison

This two-part documentary celebrates one of the greatest double acts Britain has ever seen, revealing recently found photos of the duo which have been never been seen in public before.

Narrated by Martin Clunes, viewers will hear stories told by those who knew Eric & Ernie best - including Eric's wife Joan and sons, Gary and Stephen, and daughter Gail.

For the first time Gary and Gail go back to the house in Morecambe where Eric was born - and there's even a reunion with Eric's chauffeur and a ride in his original Rolls Royce around Eric's home town.

Other contributors include Sir Michael Grade, Anita Harris, Hannah Gordon, Millicent Martin and actresses Suzanne Lloyd and Fenella Fielding.

The first episode covers the early years of Morecambe & Wise - from their childhood dreams to the growing friendship that would ultimately change the world of comedy. We meet Mary Naylor, the former child performer, who was there on the day that Eric and Ernie performed in public for the very first time.

The second part covers their golden age on the small screen with particular emphasis on their iconic TV series and Christmas specials as Gary reveals how the Morecambe family watched this most festive of treats themselves.

Additional details

Camera set-up
Single camera

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 16th April 2017 at 9pm on ITV3
Most recent repeats
  • Sunday 12th April 2020 at 9:00pm on ITV3 - Episode 2
  • Sunday 12th April 2020 at 8:00pm on ITV3 - Episode 1
  • Thursday 27th June 2019 at 1:10am on ITV3 - Episode 2

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