ITV-owned prodco Shiver has been commissioned by BBC2 to produce a doc that will take an in-depth look at the iconic British comic double act Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.
Eric & Ernie’s Home Movies (1 x 60) will showcase the early days of the legendary duo through previously unseen footage from Morecambe and Wise’s own home movie collection.
The archive footage, shot by both Morecambe and Wise, as well as their wives and friends, aims to provide unique insight into the pair and their professional and personal lives. It’s the first time the collection in its entirety has been made available to documentary makers.
This footage is combined with interviews with those who knew the pair best, including family, friends and colleagues who worked with Morecambe and Wise during the early stage of their careers.
“Eric and Ernie’s home movies are a treasure trove,” said Mark Robinson, executive producer and creative director at Shiver, in a statement. “We’ve become familiar over the decades with so many classic Morecambe & Wise sketches and routines but this gives us the chance to see Eric and Ernie in the way their nearest and dearest knew them.
The program, which is scheduled to air on BBC2 over the Christmas period, was commissioned by Shane Allen and is produced for Shiver by Ali Lynch and executive produced by Mark Robinson.