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Eric Morecambe

(1926-1984), Comedian

Eric Morecambe (Eric Bartholomew)

Sitter in 7 portraits
In 1940 Eric Bartholomew and Ernie Wise formed a friendship and began touring together. They first appeared together at the Liverpool Empire in 1941 as Bartholomew and Wise, changing their name soon after to Morecambe and Wise, after Eric's birth town. They became national celebrities through their ITV television series, first broadcast in 1961. In 1968 they moved to the BBC where The Morecambe and Wise Show (1968-77) attracted huge audiences. Their Christmas Special came to be regarded as essential viewing and in 1977 it attracted 28 million viewers, still a record for a comedy programme. Returning to ITV in 1978, their show continued until 1983.

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Eric Morecambe; Ernie Wise, by Arnold Newman - NPG P150(42)

Eric Morecambe; Ernie Wise

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1978
NPG P150(42)

Eric Morecambe; Alma Cogan; Ernie Wise, by Planet News - NPG x184328

Eric Morecambe; Alma Cogan; Ernie Wise

by Planet News
bromide press print, April 1954
NPG x184328

Eric Morecambe; Ernie Wise, by Bob Collins - NPG x136336

Eric Morecambe; Ernie Wise

by Bob Collins
bromide print, 1963
NPG x136336

Eric Morecambe; Ernie Wise, by Bob Collins - NPG x136338

Eric Morecambe; Ernie Wise

by Bob Collins
bromide print, 1963
NPG x136338

Eric Morecambe; Ernie Wise, by Bob Collins - NPG x136451

Eric Morecambe; Ernie Wise

by Bob Collins
bromide print, 1963
NPG x136451

Ernie Wise; Eric Morecambe, by Bob Collins - NPG x136452

Ernie Wise; Eric Morecambe

by Bob Collins
bromide print, 1963
NPG x136452

Eric Morecambe; Ernie Wise, by Bob Collins - NPG x136453

Eric Morecambe; Ernie Wise

by Bob Collins
bromide print, 1963
NPG x136453

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