The unique story of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise – British television’s most iconic double act.
‘A warm and sympathetic portrait of two pals who conquered the world simply by radiating hilarious friendship’ Sunday Times
‘Barfe lifts the lid on the lives of TV’s most iconic double act… and gets to the heart of what made them so loved by a nation’ Sunday Post
‘Set to be the definitive account of the television age’s funniest pair’ New European
‘Colour about the characters of [Morecambe and Wise] is mixed with Barfe’s usual forensic research’ Chortle
The Morecambe and Wise Show was the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of TV light entertainment from the late 1960s until the early 1980s. The hardy perennial comedy duo at its heart had even greater longevity, spanning five decades and becoming a national institution whose shows drew audiences in excess of twenty million. They also loved each other like brothers, and the audience repaid that love; they were the nation’s best friends.
In Sunshine and Laughter, Louis Barfe tells the touching story of Morecambe and Wise, and explores how it is that thirty-seven years after their last television show, the tall handsome one with glasses and the one with the short, fat, hairy legs continue to work their unique brand of comedy magic.