Rent Morecambe and Wise: Series 1 and 2 (1968)

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The earliest surviving episodes of the BBC's 'The Morecambe and Wise Show' - including part of an episode from the 1968 series and all of the 1969 series. Including guest stars Peter Cushing, Bobbie Gentry, Juliet Mills, Edward Woodward, Susan Hampshire and Frankie Vaughan. The BBC series of the Morcambe and Wise Show was one of the most popular television series ever and represented the legendary comic duo at the height of their powers. In their magnificent sketches, musical numbers and magical tomfoolery, thousand hilarious memories. In September 1968, Morecambe and Wise returned to the BBC.
It had been 14 years since their previous BBC series, Running Wild, but in the intervening years the duo had perfected their act in six years of success with ATV.The first series (of which only 25 minutes of episode 6 now survives in black and white) went out on BBC2, the only channel available in colour. It was a reasonably successful run, but soon, disaster struck twice. Eric Morecambe had suffered a heart attack and by the time he had recovered, he and Ernie's two writers had returned to ATV to make their own show. Eddie Braben, formerly Ken Dodds writer, was hurriedly contracted and, as Eric returned with added zest, it was soon clear the second series would be better still. The comedy began to focus on the duo's relationship, sketches around Ernie as a pompous writer started and the first jibes at Des O'Connor were heard. It was a triumphant return, earning them over 15 million viewers, a BAFTA and more than a hint of the greatness still to come...
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John Ammonds
Eddie Braben, Mike Craig, Lawrie Kinsley, Sid Green, Dick Hills, Barry Cryer, John Junction, Ron McDonnell
British TV, TV Classics, TV Comedies
Release Date:
Run Time:
213 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Disc 1:
This disc includes episodes 1 - 3
Disc 2:
This disc includes episodes 4 - 5

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