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Morecambe & Wise

4.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  31 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This thorough and thoroughly enjoyable biography of Britain's best- loved double act opens with the phenomena that was their 1977 Christmas Day television show. An unequalled audience of 29 million viewers watched Eric and Ernie do their stuff while Angela Rippon high kicked, Eddie Waring turned back flips, and a confused Elton John complained of having been "all over the ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by HarperCollins UK (first published October 29th 1998)
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F.R.
May 19, 2009 F.R. rated it liked it
Those living outside of the UK - and certainly those of you in the states - probably have no idea how big a part of British culture Morecambe and Wise are. Indeed their 1977 Christmas special was watched by more than half the population, and even now Eric & Ern are a big cultural touchstone.

McCann's book - written while Ernie Wise was still alive - is more of a professional biography than a delve into their private lives (these contemporaries of Sellers, Milligan and Hancock are pretty much
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When first published in 1998 this told what was then, a less familiar story about the rise of the best double act of all time. Reading this now , despite their story having been retold on television and in numerous books and DVDs that celebrate the duo, it is still one with surprises- not least how hard they had to work in the early days to get recognition and their telling loyalty to the act when there was a temptation to pursue solo careers.
McCann is a sympathetic storyteller and provides good
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James Hamblin
Feb 16, 2015 James Hamblin rated it it was amazing
This book goes into a great detail of the real story behind Morecambe and Wise's lives from beginning to end.
Roxanne
Aug 11, 2009 Roxanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2009, five-stars
I adore Morecambe and Wise so obviously i was gunna like this book, i think McCann did a awesome job in putting the book together, and it did have loads of information about the pair, more so about Eric Morecambe than Ernie Wise, but i think that is the case with most Morecambe and Wise books. It's a funny book and deff puts the two legends in a very good light and there isnt really a bad word spoken about them.

Plus there is a whole index and every show, performance they did is included in the
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Feb 02, 2014 Claude rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A passable biogoraphy.
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Oct 07, 2013 Chris Gledhill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well written and researched look at the best entertainers this country has ever produced.
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