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

The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968)

BBC One variety / sketch show starring Morecambe and Wise. 69 episodes (9 series), 1968 - 1977. Stars Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.

Press Clippings

Decline in Xmas comedy classics is no laughing matter

The audience is more fragmented than it used to be, and there is less consensus about what counts as family entertainment. The sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys is one of the BBC's biggest hits in that area, but I can't be the only one who finds its endless reliance on swearing for laughs off-putting.

Andrew Vine, The Yorkshire Post, 24th December 2019

André Previn dies at the age of 89

The conductor and composer André Previn has died at the age of 89.

BBC, 28th February 2019

Morecambe and Wise: The Lost Tapes, review

A reminder of comedy genius.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 26th December 2018

Morecambe & Wise Show: The Lost Tapes, review

Lost reels of The Morecambe & Wise Show from 1968 have been freshly restored. But the material is not a patch on the pair's later Christmas specials, finds Gerard Gilbert.

Gerald Gilbert, The Independent, 26th December 2018

BFI announces Morecambe & Wise and Sid James recoveries

Newly recovered episodes of Sid James sitcom Citizen James and The Morecambe & Wise Show will be screened at the BFI next month.

British Comedy Guide, 5th November 2018

Obituary: Fenella Fielding

She was a serious actress remembered for a single, stand-out comic performance.

BBC, 12th September 2018

Eric Morecambe's East Fife 4 Forfar 5 finally occurs

The Scottish League Cup Group B tie between the sides went to penalties after a 1-1 draw. And the score in the shootout? East Fife 4 Forfar 5. Had he lived to see that, it would surely have raised a smile from Morecambe, who came up with the score as a jokey greeting whenever he met his friend James Alexander Gordon, the popular announcer who read the classified results on the BBC for 40 years.

BBC, 22nd July 2018

Morecambe and Wise: Rescuing a 'lost' film

An old BBC broadcast of Morecambe and Wise from 1968 has been restored using a groundbreaking new technique. Once thought unsalvageable by experts, the badly damaged old film was scanned using X-rays, then an algorithmic reconstruction method was used to digitally reconstruct the images. Now they have 30 seconds of restored film which can be seen for the first time in decades.

BBC, 26th February 2018

Bringing a Morecambe and Wise film back to life

BBC archivists have described the painstaking process of restoring a previously lost 50-year-old episode of Morecambe and Wise.

Chortle, 25th January 2018

Morecambe & Wise top poll of nation's most memorable TV

Years after they last appeared as the Christmas centrepiece on BBC One, The Morecambe & Wise Show is still the most memorable festive TV programme according to the British public.

The Guardian, 22nd December 2017