Morecambe & Wise

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

In This Month

11th December 1952...
Joan Bartlett marries Eric Morecambe less than a year since they met.

4th December 1977...
Series 3 of the Morecambe & Wise Radio Show is broadcast.

23rd December 1998...
The BBC broadcast The Heart And Soul Of Eric Morecambe.

11th December 2008...
Doreen Wise kindley donates enough funds to allow the Ernie Wise statue to be started for Leeds.

News Archives

Morecambe & Wise News

Selected News:

Jensen Auction

Posted: 22nd February 2016
Eric`s famous Jensen Interceptor will be put up for auction and is expected to fetch in the region of £150,000.
The car, originally purchased by Eric in 1968 for just £4,500 has gone through several owners and eventually ended up with Silverstone Auctions. There it was completely stripped down and re-built from the ground up.
Recently shown at the London Classic Car Show, this was a firm favourite with Eric and also his chauffeur Mike Fountain.
If you want a piece of history and have the cash to spare, this is a gem of a car.

Other News

Unseen Xmas Special

Posted: 22nd November 2017
The BBC are to broadcast a 1 hour special at Christmas that will feature previously unseen footage of Eric and Ernie. The footage will come from home movies provided by the estates, and the show will include interviews with people who appeared in them along side the double act. One to keep an eye out for this year.

Last Laugh

Posted: 21st November 2017
Paul Hendy has written and directed what is probably the best short film about comedy we have ever seen. It is set is a dressing room and revolves around a conversation with Bob Monkhouse, Tommy Cooper and Eric Morecambe.

Staring Bob Golding, the man who was in the fabulous stage show `Morecambe`, this really is worth watching. It is funny, clever and poignant.

Watch on Vimeo

Rickshaw Challenge

Posted: 14th November 2017
The One Show`s Rickshaw Challenge in aid of Children In Need arrived in Morecambe on November 14th, and passed the Eric Morecambe statue. The crowds were out in force, so please join in and donate if you can.

Jensen Sold

Posted: 11th November 2017
The Jensen Interceptor once owned by Eric Morecambe, rescued from rotting away, sold to a UK car auction company and renovated, was sold recently for £95,625.

One of Eric`s favourite cars, and that also of his chauffeur, we hope this wonderful car gets a good home.

Braben Film

Posted: 24th August 2017
The BBC are to make a new biographical film about Eddie Braben, Eric and Ernie’s script writer for most of the career. Eddie, Ken Dodd’s gag man joined Eric and Ern when they left ATV for the opportunity to produce shows in colour.

Their writers did not follow them to the BBC and so Ken was drafted in. The rest, is history. The new film, named Eric, Ernie and Me will hopefully be ready for Xmas 2017.

On The Patio

Posted: 10th June 2017
From time to time on the web you stumble across an interesting article that makes you smile.
The Blackpool Museum Project interviewed Mr Tom Roberts, who has a remarkable patio. Over a period of time this patio was signed by stars of variety, including Ernie.
Read the interview here.

Radio Archives

Posted: 23rd April 2017
The BBC are releasing the complete radio archives on CD and they will be available from October 2017. The set contains all 18 episodes of the radio shows with guests like Anita Harris, Hayle Hunnicutt, Richard Caldicot, Percy Edwards and Clodagh Rodgers. You can pre-order from Amazon now.
View on Amazon

ATV DVD Review

Posted: 9th April 2017
The review of the ATV DVD set released last year has finally gone live. We apologise for the delay and will hopefully have more additions shortly. The review can be found in our reviews section.

New Box Set

Posted: 11th December 2016
Network have released the full box set of Two Of A Kind at long last. It features all surviving episodes plus some interesting extras. Currently Amazon are selling it for a lot more than Networks own website. This is an ideal Xmas present and we will be reviewing it shortly. Amazon link

Statue Unveiled By Family

Posted: 14th October 2016
The new statue of Eric and Ern was unveiled today by Gary, Joan and Gail Morecambe, along with a representative from the Wise family. Located in the Winter Gardens Blackpool, this is a very fitting place to finally re-unite Eric and Ern. For full details you can read our feature.

Blackpool Statue

Posted: 28th September 2016
A new bronze statue is to be unveiled in Blackpool to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the duo first playing at the resort. Created by Graham Ibbeson, the man behind the statue of Eric in his home town of Morecambe, has created the 8 foot statue and it will be unveiled by Eric’s wife, and two of his children, Gail and Gary.

The statue will be unveiled in the entrance to the Winter gardens on October 14th, a location often played by Eric and Ern.

Legacy And Laughs

Posted: 14th May 2016
The new exhibition named The Legacy and Laughs of Eric Morecambe is now open to the public, and will run to July 10th. Located at the Lancaster Museum, this great exhibition features many personal possessions of the great man himself including fishing tackle, typewriter and top hat. You can check out our feature or view images on our gallery.

Lancaster Museum Exhibition

Posted: 14th April 2016
The Lancaster City Museum will be running a new exhibition named The Legacy and Laughs of Eric Morecambe. The exhibition will run from 14th May to 10th July and feature memorabilia and personal items of the great man. Details will be available on the museum`s website in due time.
Lancashire Museum website

Heritage Trail Planned

Posted: 31st January 2016
Plans for a Morecambe and Wise Heritage Trail in Morecambe are underway and close to being finalised. The heritage trail will highlight areas of the seaside town connected to Eric and Ern, and will be identified by plaques. Areas will include the Winter Gardens, Lancaster Road School and The Royal Pub.
The heritage trail was setup after plans for a garden of fame and new bronze relief of the comedy duo were cancelled.
The first plaque will be unveiled on the Jubilee Club on 12th March. The location that Eric made his first paid appearance aged eight.

Xmas Schedule

Posted: 15th December 2015
We have collated all of the Morecambe and Wise shows that are on over the festive season to save you the job. There are some good things this year, the highlight probably being Channel 5 broadcasting Eric and Ernie Live on Xmas eve. Click here for the full list..

Sunshine Garden Cancelled

Posted: 5th December 2015
It is with great sadness that we found out about the cancellation of the planned Sunshine Garden and the Eric and Ern sculture that was planned for the town of Morecambe. Many fund raising events have taken place over the last 12 months, but it seems the project has stalled. There seems to be confusion about the exact reasons with both the project coordinators and Morecambe council claiming different things.
You can read full details on the Lancaster Guardian website.

Sunshine Garden of Fame

Posted: 9th August 2015
After Eric`s statue was vandalised, plans were put in place for a project to bring together Eric and Ern in the holiday resort. As part of that work a new Sunshine Garden of Fame will be build pposite the Winter Gardens Theatre, and the center piece will be a ten foot high bronze wall art depicting the comedy duo. You can read more in our feature: The Sunshine Garden of Fame.

Andre Previn Print

Posted: 4th August 2015
Everyone`s favourite Morecambe and Wise sketch is Grieg`s Piano Concerto, and now you can own a unique tribute to that fantastic piece of comedy history. The Original Memorabilia Company have produced a great framed print, fully authorised by the duo`s estate and signed by Andre Previn. There are different purchasing options, so why not visit the website. Click here to go to the site.

Jensen Rebuilt

Posted: 28th June 2015
The 1968 Jensen Interceptor owned by Eric Morecambe is currently being restored to all its glory. This painstaking process is being fully documented on a new website that includes a lot of photographs. The car was origianlly rescued by Pieter-Jan Baert who then sold it on to Silverstone Auctions. The man behind Silverstone, once he had seen the car, decided not to sell it on, but to take on the job himself. Go to the website.

Sunshine Ale

Posted: 1st May 2015
A new beer has been created as part of the fund raising efforts to make £70,000 for the sunshine garden of fame in Morecambe. The drink, called Sunshine Ale was created by Peter Cross from Cross Bay Brewery, and was launched at the recent Eric Morecambe tribute dinner.
The Sunshine garden is set to open in 2016, and there are many fund raising events going on to help reach the target.