Morecambe & Wise

Welcome to the Morecambe & Wise website, dedicated to Britain's best and most loved double act, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.

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9th March 1965...
Eric and Ern awarded Show Business Personalities of the year for 1964.

2nd March 1983...
Eric and Ernie`s hour long special, Variety Days, shown on ITV.

News Archives

Morecambe & Wise News 2010

Please note, links from older news items may no longer be accurate.

2010 - A Review

Posted: 27th December 2010
We look back at 2010, covering the major events and looking forward to what the next twelve months may bring.Read the feature.

Gary's Year

Posted: 18th December 2010
Gary Morecambe provides this exclusive feature about his 2010 and the plans for the next twelve months. There is news of the Mr Lonely film and the proposed Eric Morecambe museum too. Read the feature here.

BAFTA Premier

Posted: 10th December 2010
Having recently attended the BAFTA Premier of Victoria Wood's new drama, Eric and Ernie, we present our feature about the evening, the stars and the film. We even managed to grab a quick interview with Jim Moir. You can find the feature in our Features section, or just go direct to the feature.

Competitions Finished

Posted: 27th November 2010
Both of our competitions are now over and the winners of the new bookazine will be notified in the next 7 days. The DVD Box Set winner has previously claimed their prize. Thanks to everyone who entered and we hope the winners enjoy their prizes over the festive season.

New Atricle from 1979

Posted: 27th November 2010
Added a new article from 1979. Two extracts from the book 'This Is Their Life' which covers the history of many celebrities including Eric and Ern. View the article or visit our Article section.

Brathay Auction

Posted: 10th November 2010
UPDATE: As reported earlier this year, the Brathay Trust are holding a huge auction to raise money for disadvantaged and vulnerable children in the UK. One of the prizes was a guided tour of Morecambe with Eric's son Gary and Eric's former chauffeur. The auction has now finished with the winning bid of £122.
More details about what the Brathay Trust does can be found on their website: Brathay Trust.

Sullivan Shows

Posted: 30th October 2010
Our on-going project to catalogue each Ed Sullivan appearance has been updated with a further two slots now documented. These cover the November 63 and February 64 shows. Full details on the Ed Sullivan Shows page.

New Article - 1968

Posted: 30th October 2010
We have added a new article to our archives, this time from 1968. It breaks the news that Eric and Ern are leaving ATV and heading to the BBC to further their careers. An interesting read, mentioning their need for colour and more money. Read the article here and see more of the archives in the Archives section.

Competitions Update

Posted: 27th October 2010
More than 24 hours after we were flooded by auto-entry competition submissions, we are still trying to put everything in order and track the source/s of the problem. We apologise to all genuine fans and site visitors for suspending our competitions, and are glad to say they are now back online. Thanks for the kind messages of support we received from true Eric and Ern fans, as a non-profit making, voluntary website, we really appreciate it.

Competitions Suspended

Posted: 26th October 2010
Both competitions have been suspended due to mass automated entries. Any entries received from any of these auto-entry websites will be invalid and a report will be filed with their ISP regarding SPAM. Using auto-entry methods means the people entering our competitions have no idea about the website, no idea about the work we do, have never actually visited the site and ruin the chances of genuine fans of winning a prize they actually want.
Further news will be posted once we decide what to do.
Anyone who entered the competition after midnight 25th October will not be entered into any of the competitions.
Anyone found to be using any auto-entry website will be banned from entering any future competitions.

New Competition

Posted: 22nd October 2010
Yes, just in time for Christmas, you could win the wonderful new bookazine; Morecambe & Wise Comedy Classics. This really is a great prize, so check out our review and head over to the competitions section to try and win one.

Mr Lonely Delay

Posted: 21st October 2010
The brand new re-prints of Eric's first book, Mr Lonely, has had a slight delay. This means that anyone who won a copy in our competition will not have received their prize. We apologise on behalf of the publishers for this, but they tell us the book should be ready in the next few weeks. We will keep you informed if there are any changes to this. Sorry.

Series 9 Review

Posted: 21st October 2010
We have added our somewhat belated review of the BBC series 9 DVD. Things are hectic here especially as one of us us currently moving house and the other is trying to maintain the site and keep up with corrispondance. Which brings me on to email. Please note that we always reply to emails. I think there has been some issues with our ISP as I know for a fact several have not reached their destination. If you have contacted us and not receved a reply (keeping the above in mind) please let us know.

Bookazine Order

Posted: 19th October 2010
If you read our news article a few days ago you will know about the new book about to hit the shelves. In the article we promised a pre-order link, and here it is:

Order the book here.

We will have a competition coming very soon to win yourself a copy too, so keep watching...

Win The BBC Box Set

Posted: 16th October 2010
Yes, you could win the new 20 disc, BBC Box set by entering our simple competition. This massive collection contains all 9 series plus the Christmas specials and can be yours by answering an easy question. It's so easy, we even give you a choice of three answers.

Please only enter if you want to win. See previous news item for details!

DVD Give Away

Posted: 15th October 2010
Seems strange that people enter competitions and yet fail to claim the prize when they win! Anyway - being kind souls, we will give series 9 to the first email we receive (from the original entrants) who actually wants the DVD. Here is your chance...

Bookazine Coming Soon

Posted: 12th October 2010
The Morecambe & Wise Comedy Classic special is an affectionate tribute to Britain’s best-loved comedy partnership, with contributions by Eric’s son, Gary Morecambe, Victoria Wood and Ben Miller. Morecambe & Wise's careers spanned from music-hall days in the '40s and '50s, through movies in the '60s and over 20 years of TV shows from the 1960s right through to the 1980s.Their celebrated BBC Christmas specials drew enormous audiences with an unsurpassed 27 million for the 1977 broadcast.

This 132-page full-colour tribute to Eric and Ernie is packed with photos of the comedy duo at every stage of their career and articles about every aspect of their lives, from their early years in variety to the spectacular success of their latter years. Providing intimate access to family archives as well as fascinating articles about the pair at work and play, the publication will be a perfect Christmas gift as well as a wonderful memento for any aficionado of classic British comedy.

Morecambe & Wise costs £7.99 and goes on sale 21 October.
Link to pre-order - coming soon...

Competition Closed

Posted: 29th September 2010
Our BBC Series 9 competition has now closed and the lucky winners should be informed within the next seven days. Watch out for more great competitions coming very soon and thanks to everyone who entered.

Box Set Announced

Posted: 17th September 2010
The full BBC shows will be available on a massive 20 disc box set this Christmas. It will include all nine series plus the 5 Christmas specials. Available from October 4th and named The Complete Collection, it has a nice white cover but sadly no additional content announced as yet. We have now added it to our Complete Works section for completeness.

Ernie's Importance : Feature

Posted: 11th September 2010
We have added a brand new feature; Ernie's Importance. It is both a normal feature and an audio feature, so you can listen live on the site or download it for your MP3 player.
We look at Ernie's role in the act and how often it is underrated. With contributions from Joan Morecambe, Ann Hamilton and Eddie Braben, this 7 minute feature is worth a listen.
Audio Features page.