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Eric & Ernie (2011)

A telling of the fledging careers and early days of the comedy duo that was Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, from their dance-hall performances of northern England to cult status.

Director:

Jonny Campbell

Writers:

Peter Bowker, Victoria Wood (idea)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reece Shearsmith ... Harry Wiseman
Josh Benson Josh Benson ... Little Ernie
Tom Atkinson ... Little Eric (as Thomas Atkinson)
Victoria Wood ... Sadie Bartholomew
Thomas Aldersley Thomas Aldersley ... MC
Vic Reeves Vic Reeves ... George Bartholomew (as Jim Moir)
Ted Robbins Ted Robbins ... Jack Hylton
Jonah Lees ... Young Eric
Harry McEntire ... Young Ernie
Ria Jones Ria Jones ... Landlady
Pam Shaw Pam Shaw ... Lily
Daniel Rigby ... Eric Morecambe
Bryan Dick ... Ernie Wise
Hannah Steele ... Doreen
Esmé Bianco ... Lola
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Storyline

In the run-up to World War Two, Ernie Wiseman, a precocious and confident child performer, is signed up by influential impresario Jack Hylton. In Morecambe, pushy stage mum Sadie Bartholomew drags her slightly reluctant son Eric, an eccentric dancer, from one audition to the next until he too becomes a client of Hylton. The boys do not get on at first but Sadie sees a way to exploit their cross-talk and they form a bantering double act as Morecambe and Wise. After war service they become successful on stage and on radio but their attempt to crack the new medium of television is a disaster because they have been forced to accept a script which will make their Northernness acceptable to Southern viewers. They split up. However Sadie knows the formula that once worked and pushes Eric, now married to dancer Joan, into contacting Ernie. They decide to reform, on their own terms, into the act that would become one of the most successful television pairings ever. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Morecambe and Wise See more »

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Reece Shearsmith plays young Ernie's father and there's a little nod to him playing Papa Lazarou (The League of Gentlemen (1999)) as he puts make up on towards the beginning. See more »

Quotes

[Eric and Ernie have just done their first television show and it has received very poor newspaper reviews. Even Eric's mother thinks it was a disaster]
Sadie Bartholomew: [shouting] I can't show me face outside the house! I think we're going to have to move! I told you time and time again to trust your own material! I drummed it into you! And what do you do the moment me back's turned? You forget *everything*!
[Eric walks off and finds his dad sitting alone]
Eric Morecambe: Can I borrow your bike?
George Bartholomew: Where are you planning on going?
Eric Morecambe: ...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in Eric & Ernie: Behind the Scenes (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Positive Thinking
Music by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent
Words by Tony Hatch
Sung by Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise over end credits
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Best of its kind
8 January 2011 | by beresfordjdSee all my reviews

Daniel Rigby and Bryan Dick portrayed Eric and Ernie to perfection. It must have been an incredibly daunting task to do Morecambe and Wise's material and make it work. And make it work they did. Daniel Rigby had Eric down to a tee and Bryan Dick was equally as good as Ernie. Jim Moir played Eric's dad in an understated way and Victoria Wood was her usual reliable self as Eric's mum. The writer of the this piece did a fantastic job, capturing the times and the rhythms - he made it all hang together perfectly. If this does not win some kind of award this year there will be no justice. I had waited to see this eagerly but with trepidation as I would have thought it impossible to pull off, but pull it off is what they did, with aplomb.


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