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The Morecambe andWise Show; TV TIMES PAST.

1968-1977 Best described as a sketch show crossed with a sitcom, Eric and Ernie and their Christmas specials were must-see TV for absolutely ages.

The duo's comic style varied subtly throughout their career, depending on their writers. Original writers Dick Hills and Sid Green took a straightforward approach, depicting Eric as an aggressive, knockabout comedian and Ernie as an essentially conventional and somewhat disapproving straight man. When Eddie Braben took over as writer, he made the relationship considerably deeper and more complex.

The critic Kenneth Tynan noted that, with Braben as writer, Morecambe and Wise had a unique dynamic - Ernie was a comedian who wasn't funny, while Eric was a straight man who was funny. Regardless of their dynamic, the pair remained a fixture on TV long after their deaths, thanks to repeats and tribute nights.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 11, 2010
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