Bring Me Morecambe & Wise

Series 1 - 4. The Plays Wot Ernie Wrote

Radio Times
Review by:
Mark Braxton

Ernie Wise’s terrible plays and the A-listers they attracted to 70s staple The Morecambe and Wise Show are the focus of this week’s raid on the sketch cabinet. There are marvellous clips of Arthur Lowe, Peter Cushing and Penelope Keith sending themselves up, but the icing on the guest-star cake was Oscar-winning Glenda Jackson. As M&W scriptwriter Eddie Braben says, “She brought out the best in them, as they did in her.”

The Eric and Ern missteps aren’t glossed over, however. One film –
a deal-sweetener for the pair’s migration to ITV and shown only once on telly – is fascinatingly terrible. But otherwise the deluge of punchlines will leave you satisfyingly soaked.

About this programme

4/5. A celebration of the comedy duo's series of sketches based around the plays that Ernie wrote. Plus, a look at the movies the duo appeared in and the actors who guest-starred on their television show. Featuring contributions by Chris Tarrant, Penelope Keith, Angela Rippon and David Baddiel. Narrated by Victoria Wood.

Cast and crew


Victoria Wood
Chris Tarrant
Penelope Keith
David Baddiel
Angela Rippon


Executive Producer
Ricky Kelehar
Series Director
Sean Doherty
Series Producer
Sean Doherty