Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise were a British comedy duo who worked in radio, film and most successfully television, and entertained audiences with their comical sketches and musical performances. Their partnership began in 1941 when they met at Nottingham Theatre performing separately. After a semi-scripted act regaling issues from everyday life, marriage, current affairs and pop culture, a signature end to performances, Morecambe and Wise would sing and dance.
Many big names in stage and television were involved in memorable sketch shows, such as Penelope Keith and Vanessa Redgrave, and were often the centre of the light hearted jibes and innuendos. The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show on BBC in 1977 scored one of the highest ever audiences in British television history with more than 20 million viewers.
The duo remain among the most consistently high-rating performers of all time on British television, regularly topping the in-week charts during their heyday in the 1970s and early 1980s. The pair starred in three feature films during the 1960s—The Intelligence Men (1965), That Riviera Touch (1966), and The Magnificent Two (1967). In 1983 they made their last film, Night Train To Murder. In 1976, they were both awarded the OBE.
Morecambe and Wise entertained the Globe audience on September 22 1952.