ITV3 is to celebrate Morecambe & Wise with unseen material.
Following similar programming around Les Dawson, Rising Damp and the Carry On franchise, Morecambe & Wise Forever celebrates the adored double act – revealing recently found photos of the duo hitherto unseen in public.
Airing over the Easter weekend, the two part 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.
The first instalment covers the early years of Morecambe & Wise – from their childhood dreams to a growing friendship that would ultimately change the world of comedy. The second looks at their golden age on the small screen.
“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”. – Mark Robinson, Executive Producer
The two-parter will have contributions from Michael Grade, Anita Harris, Hannah Gordon, Millicent Martin, Suzanne Lloyd and Fenella Fielding.
Morecambe & Wise Forever is a Shiver production for ITV3.