Eddie Braben

Morecambe & Wise: The Complete BBC Radio 2 Series
  • Morecambe & Wise: The Complete BBC Radio 2 Series

  • Eighteen episodes from Eric and Ernie’s BBC Radio 2 comedy series, collected together for the very first time

    Between 1975 and 1978, when they were at the peak of their popularity on television, Morecambe and Wise also starred in their own radio series, with each episode scripted by the one and only Eddie Braben.

    This feast of gags, sketches and song and dance numbers — plus of course Ernie’s ‘plays what I wrote’ — features a host of special guests including Ann Hamilton, Anita Harris, Gayle Hunnicutt, Richard Caldicot, Percy Edwards, Nicola Pagett, Brian Wilde, Des O'Connor, Vince Hill, Penelope Keith and The Nolan Sisters.

    So pull back the stage curtain and settle down to nine hours of sparkling comedy, in the company of ‘the tall one with glasses’ and ‘the one with the short, fat, hairy legs’. Honestly, you can’t see the join.


    The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show
    Written and adapted by Eddie Braben
    Produced by John Browell

    The Best of British Laughs – Morecambe & Wise
    Presented by Barry Took
    Produced by John Browell

    The Entertainers: Morecambe & Wise: Two of a Kind
    Presented by Frank Dixon
    Produced by Herbert Smith

    The comedy in this release reflects the attitudes and conventions of the era in which it was first broadcast

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise began their award-winning double-act in 1941 after meeting in Jack Hylton's revue, Youth Takes a Bow at the Nottingham Empire Theatre. They temporarily separated during the war, but reformed after and went on to star in a series of hit shows that spanned over 20 years and included the ratings smash The Morecambe and Wise Show. They became one of Britain's best-loved comedy duos and their partnership lasted until Eric Morecambe's death in 1984. Eddie Braben was born in Liverpool and started writing jokes in his spare moments while working on a fruit and veg stall. He went on to write material for some of the biggest comedians of his day including Ronnie Corbett, Ken Dodd and of course Morecambe and Wise. He currently lives in North Wales with his wife.