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Morecambe & Wise in America

  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary

Summary

Jonathan Ross brings us some sunshine by telling the story of the much-loved comedy duo's attempts to become stars in America during the 1960s.

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Episode 2: Morecambe & Wise in America

Summary

Eric and Ern are invited back onto The Ed Sullivan Show on the same night as the Beatles, giving them an audience of more than 70 million viewers, and are also offered a three-film deal in Britain that could be their fast track to Hollywood. Featuring performances never seen before by British viewers, and interviews with many of the artists who worked with them, including Diana Rigg, Glenda Jackson and Nicholas Parsons. Presented by Jonathan Ross.
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Review

Eric and Ernie were watched by 13 million in the early 1960s – but in the States, which they were trying to break along with the Beatles, it was more like 60 million. Sketches not seen in the UK before demonstrate how US audiences began to warm to the pair on the influential Ed Sullivan Show, buoyed by the host’s introductions: “They’re so darn charming!”

It’s fascinating to see which routines work and which don’t, while the boys’ three-picture deal with Rank took them into territory that didn’t suit their comedy at all. What it did do was prove their capability with a big production number – something that would feed back into the TV shows we know and adore today.

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Cast

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NarratorJonathan Ross
ContributorDiana Rigg
ContributorGlenda Jackson
ContributorJon Culshaw
ContributorNicholas Parsons
ContributorGina Yashere
ContributorShappi Khorsandi
ContributorPenn & Teller

Crew

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DirectorSimon Lloyd
Executive producerMark Wells
Executive producerAndrew Solt
Executive producerJoe McVey
Executive producerHelen Nightingale
ProducerGreg Vines
ProducerSue Tiplady
Series producerSimon Lloyd

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  • Episode 2

    Morecambe & Wise in America

    Summary

    Eric and Ern are invited back onto The Ed Sullivan Show on the same night as the Beatles, giving them an audience of more than 70 million viewers, and are also offered a three-film deal in Britain that could be their fast track to Hollywood. Featuring performances never seen before by British viewers, and interviews with many of the artists who worked with them, including Diana Rigg, Glenda Jackson and Nicholas Parsons. Presented by Jonathan Ross.
    Recommended

    Review

    Eric and Ernie were watched by 13 million in the early 1960s – but in the States, which they were trying to break along with the Beatles, it was more like 60 million. Sketches not seen in the UK before demonstrate how US audiences began to warm to the pair on the influential Ed Sullivan Show, buoyed by the host’s introductions: “They’re so darn charming!”

    It’s fascinating to see which routines work and which don’t, while the boys’ three-picture deal with Rank took them into territory that didn’t suit their comedy at all. What it did do was prove their capability with a big production number – something that would feed back into the TV shows we know and adore today.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorJonathan Ross
    ContributorDiana Rigg
    ContributorGlenda Jackson
    ContributorJon Culshaw
    ContributorNicholas Parsons
    ContributorGina Yashere
    ContributorShappi Khorsandi
    ContributorPenn & Teller

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorSimon Lloyd
    Executive producerMark Wells
    Executive producerAndrew Solt
    Executive producerJoe McVey
    Executive producerHelen Nightingale
    ProducerGreg Vines
    ProducerSue Tiplady
    Series producerSimon Lloyd
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