ITV3 celebrates Morecambe & Wise with unseen material
ITV3 will launch a new instalment of the ‘Forever’ series this Easter with Morecambe & Wise Forever.
Following on from similar celebrations of Les Dawson, Rising Damp and the Carry On movies this brand new 2-part documentary will celebrate one of the greatest double acts Britain has ever seen, revealing recently found photos of the duo which have been never been seen in public before.
Airing over the Easter weekend, this new documentary, narrated by Martin Clunes, will hear stories told by those who knew Eric & Ernie best - including Eric’s wife Joan and sons, Gary and Stephen, and daughter Gail.
For the first time Gary and Gail go back to the house in Morecambe where Eric was born – and there’s even a reunion with Eric’s chauffeur and a ride in his original Rolls Royce around Eric’s home town.
Other contributors include Sir Michael Grade, Anita Harris, Hannah Gordon, Millicent Martin and actresses Suzanne Lloyd & Fenella Fielding.
The first part covers the early years of Morecambe & Wise - from their childhood dreams to the growing friendship that would ultimately change the world of comedy. We meet Mary Naylor, the former child performer, who was there on the day that Eric and Ernie performed in public for the very first time.
The second part covers their golden age on the small screen with particular emphasis on their iconic TV series and Christmas specials as Gary reveals how the Morecambe family watched this most festive of treats themselves.
Morecambe & Wise Forever is a Shiver production for ITV3. Executive Producer is Mark Robinson and the series producer is Ali Lynch.
Mark Robinson says: “There have been many documentaries about Eric and Ernie before, but the fantastic thing about the Forever brand is that for the first time it gives us the unique opportunity to mix biography with travel – visiting the locations which made Morecambe & Wise the much-loved duo we came to know and love.
“We were also delighted to stumble upon never before seen photos of their career in the movies – it was a real pleasure to reveal these behind-the-scenes images, for the first time, to some of the people closest to Eric and Ernie”.
Satmohan Panesar, ITV Commissioner says “Morecambe and Wise entertained a generation and are regarded as one of the greatest comedy double acts Great Britain has ever seen. This new two part documentary in the ‘forever’ series takes us on a journey from the very beginning right through to their golden years”.
Morecambe & Wise has been commissioned for ITV3 by Satmohan Panesar.