Unseen photos of Morecambe and Wise released for show's 50th anniversary

The Morecambe and Wise first aired on BBC2 on September 2 1968.

Previously unseen photographs of entertainers Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise with their wives and celebrities including Sir Elton John have been released to mark 50 years of the comedy duo.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Morecambe And Wise Show, BBC History has made public 140 pictures of the double act unearthed from the broadcaster’s archive.

Morecambe and Wise with Elton John
The comedy duo sing with Elton John (BBC History/PA)

Among the highlights are shots of the pair posing with their wives Joan Bartlett and Doreen Wise in the garden of Morecambe’s home.

The pair are also seen together with some of the celebrity guests that appeared on the show in a wide variety of costumes.

Morecambe and Wise
Morecambe and Wise with their wives, Joan Bartlett and Doreen Wise (BBC History/PA)

Among the famous faces seen with the double act are musician Sir Elton, The Sweeney actors John Thaw and Dennis Waterman and actress Dame Glenda Jackson.

Talking about the anniversary and the show’s legacy, comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw said: “Eric and Ernie brought generations together and joy to so many. Their lovable brilliance is something we’ve never seen the likes of since.

Diana Rigg
With Diana Rigg in 1975 (BBC History/PA)

“As we celebrate 50 years of The Morecambe and Wise Show, I look back on their programmes with enormous admiration and such happy, warm memories. They’re genuinely loved.”

The Morecambe and Wise Show first aired on BBC2 on September 2 1968 following Eric and Ernie’s switch from ITV. The show’s final episode was the 1977 Christmas special which was watched by an audience of over 28 million people.

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