Bring Me Morecambe & Wise

The Plays Wot Ernie Wrote

Series 1 - Episode 4 The Plays Wot Ernie Wrote



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.


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 & Crew

Narrator Victoria Wood
Contributor Chris Tarrant
Contributor Penelope Keith
Contributor David Baddiel
Contributor Angela Rippon
Executive Producer Ricky Kelehar
Series Director Sean Doherty
Series Producer Sean Doherty
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