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Morecambe & Wise

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Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise were a famous British comedy double act, who worked together for over forty years until Eric Morecambe’s death from a heart attack in 1984.

Beginning in variety, a form of popular British theatre similar to American vaudeville, they progressed to radio and then to television and, less successfully, to films.

It is their television shows they are most remembered for. Although their first series in the 50s was panned, subsequent series from 1961 onwards were extremely popular. By the 1970s they were the most popular comedy stars in Britain.

Their shows were a mixture of stand up comedy, sketches and musical numbers in which they danced or/and sang (often with a star guest). One song in particular, Bring Me Sunshine, which they often performed at the end of their shows, became their de facto theme tune. According to the Bring Me Sunshine Songfacts, Eric’s mother always called him Sunshine, which is why Morecambe and Wise adopted it.

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  • Ryncewynd

    Of all the films they did, "That Riviera Touch" was definately the best...

    17 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Parisblues

    is someone know where I can find this title : "the great wall of Harpenden "?

    22 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Eyoki

    This is the time of year when i really feel their absence...

    21 Nov 2008 Reply

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