Dominating British television and Brit hearts & minds throughout the 1970’s to the extent that for many people Christmas WAS Morecambe and Wise in that the highlight of the day would be watching the Morecambe and Wise Christmas special. Still remembered with great affection and often synonymous with a perceived “golden age” of television before multi channel commercialism diluted the experience and for many the standards were higher.
Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise were the iconic comedy partnership that many would still wish to emulate.The partnership ended in 1984 when Eric died of a heart attack just after coming offstage after sharing some personal memories with a live Audience.
The shows that everyone remembers are the BBC years that encompass the Christmas specials. Many famous guest stars appeared and some would forever be associated with the show despite the level of their own talents and achievements. One favourite example of a guest appearance and my all time favourite M&W moment is this one featuring Mr Andre (“Preview”) Previn