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