Morecambe & Wise: The Whole Story. Image shows from L to R: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise. Copyright: BBC
Morecambe & Wise: The Whole Story

Morecambe & Wise: The Whole Story

  • TV documentary
  • BBC Two
  • 2013
  • 2 episodes (1 series)

The story of Eric and Ernie, from struggling variety turns to the kings of TV comedy. Features Michael Grade, Gary Morecambe, Gail Morecambe, Joan Morecambe, Tony Hannan and more.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 2 - Part 2

The affectionate and revealing portrait of the journey of two great comedians from obscurity to fame concludes. This episode looks at how Morecambe & Wise reached 28 million viewers.

Further details

This episode looks at success and television.

The television years didn't come easy. After their appalling baptism of fire with Running Wild on the BBC, Eric and Ernie's TV career was marked out by an anxiety never to lose editorial control again.

They made it big on television by returning to what they knew best, only now they were top of the bill.

Featuring restored colour footage from their BBC series, shown here for the first time since it was transmitted.

Broadcast details

Sunday 1st December 2013
90 minutes

Cast & crew

Michael Grade Self
Gary Morecambe Self
Gail Morecambe Self
Joan Morecambe Self
Tony Hannan Self
Christopher Paul Lee (as Dr C P Lee) Self
Graham McCann Self
Ernest Maxin Self
Barry Cryer Self
Barry Norman Self
Eric Morecambe Self (Archive Material)
Ernie Wise Self (Archive Material)
Doreen Wise Self (Archive Material)
Dean Lennox Kelly Narrator
Guest cast
Penelope Keith Self
Bobby Ball Self
Tommy Cannon Self
Ann Hamilton Self
Angela Rippon Self
Mike Fountain Self
Eddie Braben Self (Archive Material)
John Ammonds Self (Archive Material)
Bill Cotton Self (Archive Material)
Production team
Andy Humphries Director
Andy Humphries Producer
Caroline Wright Executive Producer
Peter Elphick Editor

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