The Morecambe & Wise Show (1978 TV series)

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The Morecambe & Wise Show was a comedy sketch show originally produced by Thames Television and broadcast on the ITV network.wikipedia
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The second show to be broadcast under the title, it was the fourth and final television series by English comedy double-act Morecambe and Wise, and saw their return to ITV after their successful nine-year association with the BBC.

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The Morecambe & Wise Show was a comedy sketch show originally produced by Thames Television and broadcast on the ITV network.

The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968 TV series)

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The Morecambe & Wise Show was a comedy sketch show originally produced by Thames Television and broadcast on the ITV network.

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The Morecambe & Wise Show was a comedy sketch show originally produced by Thames Television and broadcast on the ITV network.

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The Morecambe & Wise Show was a comedy sketch show originally produced by Thames Television and broadcast on the ITV network.

BBC Television

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The second show to be broadcast under the title, it was the fourth and final television series by English comedy double-act Morecambe and Wise, and saw their return to ITV after their successful nine-year association with the BBC.

Eric Morecambe

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In January 1978, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, just over four weeks after the broadcast of their successful 1977 Christmas Show on BBC1, which attracted an audience of just over 28m, announced that they had signed a contract with Thames Television to produce new shows for broadcast on ITV.

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In January 1978, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, just over four weeks after the broadcast of their successful 1977 Christmas Show on BBC1, which attracted an audience of just over 28m, announced that they had signed a contract with Thames Television to produce new shows for broadcast on ITV.

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In January 1978, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, just over four weeks after the broadcast of their successful 1977 Christmas Show on BBC1, which attracted an audience of just over 28m, announced that they had signed a contract with Thames Television to produce new shows for broadcast on ITV.

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This marked a return to commercial television for the pair, who between 1961 and 1968 had produced six series for ATV.

Film

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While their time at the BBC had been both a critical and ratings success, Morecambe and Wise retained an ambition to make films.

Euston Films

Although evenly matched in the financial terms that were offered, it was the fact that Thames Television, through its film production company, Euston Films, were able to offer Morecambe and Wise the opportunity to make a film, that persuaded them to leave the BBC.

Ernest Maxin

Although Thames succeeded in persuading Morecambe and Wise to move, they were unsuccessful in their attempt to get the various individuals that worked alongside the duo in their productions to also make the switch; Ernest Maxin, who had been their producer/director since 1975, declined to leave, while Eddie Braben had an exclusive contract and was unable to write for anyone outside the BBC.

Eddie Braben

Although Thames succeeded in persuading Morecambe and Wise to move, they were unsuccessful in their attempt to get the various individuals that worked alongside the duo in their productions to also make the switch; Ernest Maxin, who had been their producer/director since 1975, declined to leave, while Eddie Braben had an exclusive contract and was unable to write for anyone outside the BBC.

Barry Cryer

Keith Beckett was recruited as producer, while Barry Cryer and John Junkin, who had written sketches for Morecambe and Wise at the BBC, were brought in to do the scripts for their upcoming shows.

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Keith Beckett was recruited as producer, while Barry Cryer and John Junkin, who had written sketches for Morecambe and Wise at the BBC, were brought in to do the scripts for their upcoming shows.

Myocardial infarction

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In March 1979, Eric Morecambe suffered a second heart attack.

Coronary artery bypass surgery

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Following a heart bypass operation, he was forced into an extended period of recuperation, with the result that there was no series that year, with their only appearance being a low-key Christmas special that was largely an extended interview with David Frost.

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Following a heart bypass operation, he was forced into an extended period of recuperation, with the result that there was no series that year, with their only appearance being a low-key Christmas special that was largely an extended interview with David Frost.

John Ammonds

This saw the duo reunited with John Ammonds, their producer at the BBC from 1968 to 1974, who had agreed to take on the same role for them.

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However, when the first series, which was eventually broadcast in September 1980, began, its running time had been reduced to 30 minutes, including a commercial break, which Braben found significantly more restrictive than the 45-50 minutes he had had at the BBC.

Night Train to Murder

Although they continued to work, producing four series for Thames, by 1983, having completed work on both that year's series and the planned film, which was produced as Night Train to Murder, Morecambe and Wise seemed agreed that the time had come to end their partnership.

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The final Christmas Show, broadcast on Boxing Day 1983, was watched by 11.2m viewers.

Heart arrhythmia

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Indeed, during production of the 1983 Christmas Show, the filming of a sequence had led to him spending two nights in hospital after his heart went out of rhythm.