UK commercial broadcaster ITV3 is set to air a new documentary featuring iconic British comic duo, Morecambe and Wise.
Morecambe & Wise Forever will air over the Easter weekend. The two-part doc will showcase found photos of the duo which have been never been seen in public.
Narrated by Martin Clunes, viewers will hear stories told by those who knew Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise best, including Morecambe’s wife, Joan, and children, Gary, Stephen and 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 part covers the early years of Morecambe and Wise, and the second part covers their golden age on the small screen with particular emphasis on their iconic TV series and Christmas specials.
The new instalment is part of ITV3′s ‘Forever’ series, following on similar docs celebrating Les Dawson, Rising Damp and the Carry On movies.
Morecambe & Wise Forever is a Shiver production for ITV3. Executive producer is Mark Robinson and the series producer is Ali Lynch. It has been commissioned for ITV3 by Satmohan Panesar.
“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,” said Robinson, in a statement. “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.”
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.