Morecambe and Wise
Morecambe and Wise were a famous British comic double act comprising Eric Morecambe OBE and Ernie Wise OBE. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located A double act, also known as a Comedy duo, is a comic device in which humor is derived from the uneven relationship between two partners usually of the same John Eric Bartholomew OBE ( 14 May 1926 &ndash 28 May 1984) better known by his stage name Eric Morecambe, was an The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British Order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. Ernest Wiseman OBE ( 27 November 1925 &ndash 21 March 1999) better known by his stage name of Ernie Wise, was an The act lasted for 43 years until Morecambe's death in 1984. Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) They are widely considered to be the most successful double act in Britain for generations. In a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes drawn up by the British Film Institute in 2000, voted for by industry professionals, The Morecambe and Wise Show was placed 14th. In September 2006, they were voted by the general public as number 2 in a poll of TV's Greatest Stars.
Eric and Ernie first joined forces in 1941 when booked separately to appear in Jack Hylton's revue, Youth Takes a Bow. Year 1941 ( MCMXLI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (the link will display 1941 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Jack Hylton ( 2 July 1895 &ndash 29 January 1965) was a British Band leader and Impresario. War service broke up the act but they reunited by chance in 1946 when they joined forces again. Initially appearing in music hall, they made their name in radio, transferring to television in 1954. Music hall is a form of British theatrical Entertainment which was popular between 1850 and 1960 Their show, Running Wild, was not well received and led to a damning newspaper review: "Definition of the week: TV set - the box in which they buried Morecambe and Wise. " Eric apparently carried this review around with him ever after and from then on Eric and Ernie kept a tight control over their material. In 1956 they were offered a spot in the Winifred Atwell show with material written by Johnny Speight and this was a success. Winifred Atwell ( 27 February 1914 &ndash 28 February 1983) was a Pianist who enjoyed great popularity in Britain Johnny Speight ( 2 June, 1920 &mdash 5 July, 1998) was a TV scriptwriter of many classic British Sitcoms.
They had a series of shows that spanned over twenty years, during which time they developed and honed their act, most notably with the original move to the BBC in 1968 where they were to be teamed with their long-term writer Eddie Braben and it is this period of their careers that is widely regarded as their "glory days". Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Eddie Braben (born 31 October 1930 in Liverpool, England) is a comedy writer and performer who has provided material for such figures as Their shows were:-
- Two Of A Kind (1961) (ATV, 1961-1968. Two of a Kind is the first TV series for comedy duo Morecambe & Wise Associated TeleVision Limited, best known simply as ATV, was a British ITV company from 1955 until 1981 Writers: Dick Hills and Sid Green). Richard Michael Hills, ( 17 January, 1926 &ndash 6 June, 1996) and Sidney Green, ( 24 January, 1928 &ndash
- The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968) (BBC, 1968-1978. The Morecambe & Wise Show that began airing in 1968 was the second TV series for comedy duo Morecambe & Wise. Writers: Hills and Green for one series and thereafter Eddie Braben). Eddie Braben (born 31 October 1930 in Liverpool, England) is a comedy writer and performer who has provided material for such figures as
- The Morecambe & Wise Show (1978) (Thames Television, 1978 until their final show together at Christmas 1983. The Morecambe & Wise Show (1978 is generally considered as the output of Morecambe & Wise after they parted company with the BBC following their record-breaking Thames Television was a licencee of the British ITV television network covering London and parts of the surrounding counties Writers: themselves, Barry Cryer, John Junkin, and from 1980, Eddie Braben). Barry Charles Cryer OBE (born 23 March 1935 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England) is a British Writer and John Francis Junkin ( January 29, 1930, Ealing, London - March 7, 2006, Aylesbury) was an English
During the 1960s the pair starred in three feature films (The Intelligence Men (1965), That Riviera Touch (1966), and The Magnificent Two (1967)) but none of these are generally considered a great success. The Intelligence Men is a 1965 Comedy film starring British comic duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, already well-known That Riviera Touch (1966 was the second feature-length film made by the comedy duo Morecambe and Wise. However, they also starred in Night Train To Murder in 1983. Night Train To Murder was the last work that Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise worked on together before Eric's death in 1984. Year 1983 ( MCMLXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar)
In 1976, they were both awarded the OBE. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British Order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V.
In the later and most successful part of their career, which spanned the 1970s, they were joined behind the scenes by Eddie Braben, a script writer who generated almost all their material (Morecambe and Wise were also sometimes credited as supplying "additional material") and defined what is now thought of as typical Morecambe and Wise humour. Eddie Braben (born 31 October 1930 in Liverpool, England) is a comedy writer and performer who has provided material for such figures as Together Morecambe, Wise and Braben were known as "The Golden Triangle". Morecambe and Wise are considered by many to be one of the UK's all-time favourite comedy acts.
John Ammonds was also central to the duo's most successful period in the 1970s. John Ammonds (born 1924 is a British Television producer of light entertainment programmes As the producer of the BBC TV shows, it was his idea to involve celebrity guests. He also came up with the duo's familiar dance.
A typical Morecambe and Wise show, as scripted by Braben, was effectively a sketch show crossed with a sitcom, although shows could also include the duo appearing "as themselves" on a mock stage in front of curtains emblazoned with an M and W logo (this was usually to open the show). Sketch comedy consists of a series of short Comedy scenes or vignettes called "sketches" commonly between one and ten minutes long Braben gave the duo characterisations—Wise egotistical but naive, Morecambe child-like and cocky—although at other times they relied on their acting ability to appear as characters in sketches. Wise was essentially the 'straight man' of the duo, with Morecambe usually given the funnier lines, usually bouncing them off Wise. Wise's contribution to the humour is a subject of an ongoing debate (to the end of his life he would always reject interviewers' suggestions that he was 'the straight man', preferring to call himself 'the song-and-dance man'); but as the manager of the duo he worked hard to ensure their success.
A central conceit was that the duo lived together as close, long-term friends (references to a childhood friendship were legion) who shared not merely a flat but also a bed -- although their relationship was purely platonic and merely continued a tradition of comic partners sleeping in the same bed that started with Laurel and Hardy (Morecambe, one gathers, was initially uncomfortable with the bed-sharing sketches, but changed his mind upon being reminded of the Laurel-and-Hardy precedent. Laurel and Hardy were the popular American -based comedy team of thin British-born Stan Laurel (1890-1965 and heavy American-born Oliver Hardy (1892-1957 Even so, he still insisted on smoking his pipe in the bed scenes "for the masculinity"). The front room of the flat and also the bedroom were used frequently throughout the show episodes, although Braben would also transplant the duo into various external situations, such as a health-food shop or a bank. Many references were made to Ernie's meanness with money and drink.
Another conceit of the shows during the 'Braben era' was Wise's utterly confident presentation of amateurishly inept plays. This allowed for another kind of sketch: the staged 'historical drama', which usually parodied genuine historical television plays or films (such as Stalag 54, Antony and Cleopatra, or Napoleon and Josephine). Antony and Cleopatra is a Tragedy by William Shakespeare. It was first printed in the First Folio of 1623 Wise's character would write a play, complete with cheap props and appallingly clumsy writing ("the play what I wrote" became a catchphrase), which would then be acted out by Morecambe, Wise and the show's guest star. Guests who participated included many big names of the 1970s and 80s, such as Flora Robson, Penelope Keith, Laurence Olivier, John Mills, Vanessa Redgrave, Eric Porter, Peter Cushing and Frank Finlay - as well as Glenda Jackson (as Cleopatra: "All men are fools. Dame Flora McKenzie Robson DBE ( 28 March 1902 – 7 July 1984) was an Oscar -nominated English actress Penelope Anne Constance Keith, CBE, DL (born Penelope Hatfield on 2 April 1940 is an English actress well known in the Laurence Kerr Olivier Baron Sir John Mills CBE (born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills; 22 February 1908 &ndash 23 April 2005) was an English Vanessa Redgrave, CBE (born 30 January, 1937) is an English Academy Award, two-time Cannes Best Actress, Eric Richard Porter (8 April 1928 - 15 May 1995 was a distinguished English actor who appeared on stage as well as in cinema and television Peter Wilton Cushing, OBE (26 May 1913—11 August 1994 was an English actor known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played Baron Frankenstein Francis "Frank" Finlay, CBE (born 6 August 1926) is a British stage film and television Actor. Glenda May Jackson, CBE, (born 9 May, 1936) is a British actress and Politician, currently Labour And what makes them so is having beauty like what I have got. . . "). Jackson had not previously been known as a comedienne and this appearance led to her Oscar winning role in A Touch of Class. A Touch of Class is a 1973 Romantic comedy Film which tells the story of a couple having an affair who find themselves falling in love Morecambe and Wise would often pretend not to have heard of their guest, or would appear to confuse them with someone else (former UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson returned the favour, when appearing as a guest at the duo's 'flat', by referring to Morecambe as 'Mor-e-cam-by'). James Harold Wilson Baron Wilson of Rievaulx, KG, OBE, FRS, PC (11 March 1916 &ndash 24 May 1995 was one of the most prominent British politicians Also noteworthy was the occasion when the respected BBC newsreader Angela Rippon was induced to show her shapely legs in a dance-number (she had trained as a ballet dancer before she became a journalist and TV presenter), and when Richard Greene of Robin Hood fame played a lost aviator called 'Miles Behind'. 'Victoria Plum' redirects here For other uses see Victoria plum. Richard Marius Joseph Greene ( 25 August, 1918 - 1 June, 1985) - some sources list his birth date as 1914 - was a noted English The Adventures of Robin Hood was a popular British Television series comprising 143 half-hour black and white episodes starring Richard Greene Braben later said that a large amount of the duo's humour was based on irreverence. A running gag in a number of shows was a short sequence showing a well-known artist in closeup saying "I appeared in an Ernie Wise play, and look what happened to me!". The camera would then pull back and show the artist doing some low-status job such as selling newspapers, streetwalking, driving a bus, or some other ill-paid employment. However, celebrities felt they had received the highest accolade in showbusiness by being invited to appear in "an Ernest Wide play" as Ernie once mispronounced it during a show's introduction involving 'Vanilla' (Vanessa) Redgrave.
As a carry-over from their music hall days, Morecambe and Wise sang and danced at the end of each show (poignantly, this tradition was abandoned when Eric's heart condition prevented him dancing: the comic solution was to present him walking across the stage with coat and bag, ostensibly to 'wait for his bus', while Ernie danced by himself). Their peculiar skipping dance was an improvised form of the Groucho Marx walk that involved putting alternate hands behind the head. Their signature tune was Bring Me Sunshine. Bring Me Sunshine was the best-known signature of Morecambe & Wise who used it to close many of their shows for the BBC in the 1970s and was written by the composer They either sang this at the end of each show or it was used as a theme tune during the credits (although in some of their earlier shows they used other songs as well, notably "Following You Around", "Positive Thinking" and "Don't You Agree"). A standard gag at the end of each show was for a large lady (Janet Webb) to appear behind the pair, walk to the front of the stage and push them out of her way. She would then recite:
|“||I’d like to thank you for watching me and my little show here tonight. If you’ve enjoyed it then it’s all been worthwhile. So until we meet again, goodnight, and I love you all!||”|
Webb was never announced and never appeared in their shows in any other context. Another running gag involved an old colleague from their music hall days, harmonica player Arthur Tolcher. Arthur Tolcher ( April 9, 1922 - March 1987 (born Arthur John Stone-Tolcher in Bloxwich, Staffordshire, England) was a virtuoso British Arthur would keep appearing on the stage in evening wear and would play a few bars of his mouth organ only to be told "Not now, Arthur!"
During a theatrical tribute to the duo, The Play What I Wrote, many members of the audience wept when their "Bring me Sunshine" theme tune was played. The Play Wot I Wrote or The Play What I Wrote is a musical Farce written by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and Eddie Braben This indicates the popularity and special place Morecambe and Wise hold in the hearts of many British people. In June 2007, the BBC released a DVD of surviving material from their first series in 1968, and the complete second series from 1969. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1969 ( MCMLXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
With the exception of 1974, the show had end-of-year Christmas specials, which became such an institution during the 1970s that few British families would dream of missing them. The Morecambe & Wise Show that began airing in 1968 was the second TV series for comedy duo Morecambe & Wise. The Morecambe & Wise Show (1978 is generally considered as the output of Morecambe & Wise after they parted company with the BBC following their record-breaking Year 1974 ( MCMLXXIV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. Braben would comment that people judged the quality of their Christmas experience on the quality of the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Special. From 1969 until 1980, 1974 apart, the shows were always on Christmas Day. Year 1969 ( MCMLXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar) Year 1974 ( MCMLXXIV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. The 1977 Christmas Show attracted 28 million viewers, around half of the total UK population at the time. Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays It was a record for a single light entertainment broadcast in Britain, and one which still stands. 
Singin' In The Rain
One of the famous Morecambe and Wise routines was their recreation of the scene from the film Singin' in the Rain, where Gene Kelly dances in the rain, and sings the song "Singin' in the Rain". Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 Comedy Musical film starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds Eugene Curran “Gene” Kelly ( August 23, &ndash February 2,) was an American Dancer, Actor, Singer, director " Singin' in the Rain " is a song with lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown, published in 1929. This recreation featured Ernie exactly copying Gene Kelly's dance routine, on a set which exactly copied the set used in the movie, and Eric performed the role of the policeman. The difference from the original was that in the Morecambe and Wise version, there is no water, except for some downpours onto Eric's head (through a drain, or dumped out of a window, etc. ). This lack of water was initially because of practical considerations (the floor of the studio had many electrical cables on it, and such quantities of water would be dangerous) — but Morecambe and Wise found a way to turn the lack of water into a comic asset.
As remembered as the above is The Stripper routine where Eric and Ernie are seen listening to the radio at breakfast time. David Rose's tune "The Stripper" comes on and the duo perform a dance using various kitchen utensils and food items, including Ernie catching slices of toast as they popped out of the toaster, and finally opening the fridge door to be bathed in light, as if on stage, while they pull out strings of sausages which they whirl around to the music. David Rose ( June 15, 1910 &ndash August 23, 1990) was a British-born American Songwriter, Composer, Arranger The sketch demonstrates their brilliant dancing and timing and Eddie Braben's wonderful comic invention.
In December 2007, viewers of UKTV Gold voted the sketch the best moment of Morecambe and Wise's shows. 
Tribute To Flanagan & Allen
Eric and Ernie often cited the earlier comedy team Flanagan and Allen as influences on their own work; although Morecambe and Wise never imitated or copied Flanagan and Allen, they did sometimes work explicit references to the earlier team into their own cross-talk routines and sketches. Flanagan and Allen were a British singing and comedy Double act popular during World War II. In the mid-1970s, Eric and Ernie recorded a tribute album, Morecambe and Wise Sing Flanagan and Allen (Phillips 6382 095), in which they performed some of the earlier team's more popular songs in their own style, without attempting to imitate the originals. Fans of either comedy team may be slightly disappointed by this album, since all of the selections are performed absolutely straight, with no comedy except for a brief amount of banter after one of the songs.
Grieg's Piano Concerto by Greig
Classic sketches from such shows revolved around the guest stars, such as André Previn (referred to as "Andrew Preview or Privet") in 1971. WikipediaWikiProject Classical music#Biographical_infoboxes --> André Previn ( Andreas Ludwig Priwin) KBE (b This sketch showed Eric attempting to play Edvard Grieg's A minor Piano Concerto, and after much comic business between Eric, Previn and the orchestra ("Is this the band? Who’s the fixer?", "The one in the gold lamé suit", "They usually are. The Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16 by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907 was the only Concerto Grieg completed LAME is an Open source application used to encode audio into the MP3 file format "), Eric reduces Previn to exasperation because he is playing it in a jerky, out-of-tempo manner. Eventually Previn tells Eric he is playing all the wrong notes, to which Eric responds by seizing Previn by the jacket lapels and menacingly saying to him the classic line "I'm playing all the right notes. . . but not necessarily in the right order. " This line is still used today by musicians and choir members when humorously responding to critical conductors. (André Previn reminisced later that he was conducting a concert in Britain and the Grieg concerto started but had to be stopped because the audience was giggling. He said he knew what they were thinking about and had to give them several minutes to calm down. )
Catchphrases & Visual Gags
Some of the duo's catchphrases include:
- "What do you think of it so far?" (said by Morecambe, who would use a prop—such as a statue or stuffed toy—to answer: "Rubbish!") Morecambe said later that whenever he was in the directors' box when Luton Town were playing away, and Luton were behind at half-time, the home fans would shout 'What do you think of it so far?'
- "More tea, Ern?" (a pun on "tea urn", a vessel for serving hot drinks used in workplaces)
- "[He's got] short, fat, hairy legs" (said by Morecambe of Wise)
- "You can't see the join!" (said by Morecambe of Wise's alleged wig)
- "The play what I wrote" (said by Wise of his literary works)
- "Arsenal!" (said by Morecambe), dating from a Mastermind sketch in which Morecambe is an incompetent 'Mr Memory' unable to remember anything without unsubtle prompting from Wise. It developed into a running gag, so that whenever Wise coughed, Morecambe would shout 'Arsenal!'
- "He's not wrong, you know!" (said by Morecambe)
- "Wahey!" (said by Morecambe after what he considers is a particularly good joke)
- "He's still got it, you know" (said by Morecambe, referring to himself, after what he considers a particularly good joke)
- "There's no answer to that!" (said by Morecambe after anything which could be construed as innuendo; he also said "Pardon?" in a similar way)
- Making fun of the singer and entertainer Des O'Connor in various disparaging ways, e. Desmond Bernard O'Connor, CBE (born as Conrad Desmondson on 12 January 1932 is a well-known veteran English Television personality. g. "If you want me to be a goner, buy me a record by Des O'Connor"
- "That's easy for you to say!" (Morecambe) if anyone fluffed their line.
- Morecambe deliberately getting guest stars' names wrong, e. g. Andre Previn = Andrew Preview, Elton John = Elephant John
- "Just watch it, that's all!" (said by Morecambe when grabbing Wise by the lapels)
- "You said that without moving your lips" (said by Morecambe if someone said a line whilst he was looking at somebody else).
- Eric to Ernie: "I see your fan's in!"
- Eric: "Look at me when I'm talking to you!"
- Eric: "This boy's a fool!" when bamboozling Ernie or the guest star.
Additionally, there were many repeated visual gags:
- Morecambe dressed in an overcoat and cloth cap and carrying a shopping bag, walking across the back of the stage as Wise sings the duo's theme song, "Bring Me Sunshine"
- Morecambe affectionately slapping the top of Wise's shoulders and then cheeks with both hands
- Wise's hair supposedly being a wig (also the catchphase said by Morecambe: "You can't see the join")
- Morecambe deliberately making his glasses wonky and/or upside down
- Morecambe pretending to bully people, usually the star guest, by grabbing them by the collar and pulling them to his face
- Morecambe reading The Beano, eating crisps, smoking a pipe etc
- Wise appearing on stage and Morecambe joining him from behind the stage curtain but being unable to find the opening and then trying to fight his way out
- The duo's dance at the end of each show, which would see them exiting the stage by skipping and putting alternate hands behind their heads and backs
- Fake title sequences for Wise's plays which satirised current events or popular personalities of the time
- Visual jokes about Luton Town F.C., a football club of which Morecambe was a director. The Beano comic is a long-running British children's comic, published by D Luton Town Football Club are an English football team based in the town of Luton in Bedfordshire. Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered
- Eric's prop - be it a mop, cuffs, a cane or trousers - getting progressively longer during dance sequences. A theatrical property, commonly referred to as a prop, is any object held or used on stage by an Actor for use in furthering the plot or story line of a Theatrical Often, it got so long it became ridiculous (more laughs!), such as when his cane had reached such a length, he knocked Glenda Jackson from the stage. Glenda May Jackson, CBE, (born 9 May, 1936) is a British actress and Politician, currently Labour
- Eric would throw a pretend coin in the air and catch it in a real paper bag, watching the invisible coin during its supposed flight and making a sound as though the coin had landed in the bag.
- Eric putting a paper cup over his mouth and nose and performing a brief impersonation of Jimmy Durante; 'Sitting at my pianna the udder day . A paper cup is a disposable cup made out of Paper and often lined with Plastic or Wax to prevent liquid from leaking out or soaking through the . . '
- Eric noticing the camera and putting on a cheesy grin
- Eric standing in front of stage curtains and pretending an arm comes out from behind the curtain and seizes him by the neck
Famous Guest Stars
Guest Stars & Personalities
- Michael Aspel, Richard Baker, Peter Barkworth, Shirley Bassey, Frank Bough, Peter Bowles, Patricia Brake, Bernard Bresslaw, Richard Briers, Richard Caldicot, Ian Carmichael, Roy Castle, Diane Cilento, Margaret Courtenay, Harry Corbett, Gemma Craven, Peter Cushing, Allan Cuthbertson, Suzanne Danielle, Anna Dawson, Robin Day, Judi Dench, David Dimbleby, Diana Dors, Michele Dotrice, Robert Dougall, Clive Dunn, Paul Eddington, Dick Emery, Trevor Eve, Fenella Fielding, Frank Finlay, Bruce Forsyth, Grazina Frame, William Franklyn, David Frost, Jill Gascoigne, Hannah Gordon, Anita Graham, Hughie Green, Richard Greene, Derek Griffiths, Alec Guinness, Deryck Guyler, Susan Hampshire, Robert Hardy, Anita Harris, George Harrison, Nigel Hawthorne, Denis Healey, Glenda Jackson, Gordon Jackson, Derek Jacobi, Philip Jenkinson, Elton John, Diane Keen, Felicity Kendal, Ludovic Kennedy, Penelope Keith, Burt Kwouk, Bonnie Langford, John Laurie, Ian Lavender, John Lennon, Rula Lenska, Valerie Leon, Jenny Linden, Arthur Lowe, Joanna Lumley, Fulton Mackay, Magnus Magnusson, Francis Matthews, Paul McCartney, Yehudi Menuhin, Penny Meredith, John le Mesurier, Valerie Minifie, Keith Michell, John Mills, Juliet Mills, Royce Mills, Patrick Moore, Robert Morley, Patrick Mower, Barbara Murray, Nanette Newman, Barry Norman, Rudolf Nureyev, Des O'Connor, Ian Ogilvy, Sir Laurence Olivier, Kate O'Mara, Hugh Paddick, Michael Parkinson, Eric Porter, Andre Previn, David Prowse, Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Angharad Rees, John Hanson (singer), Cliff Richard, Ralph Richardson, Arnold Ridley, Diana Rigg, Angela Rippon, Flora Robson, Leonard Rossiter, Leonard Sachs, Anthony Sharp, Isla St Clair, Donald Sinden, Wayne Sleep, Ringo Starr, John Thaw, Percy Thrower, Jackie Trent, Frankie Vaughan, Peter Vaughan, Richard Vernon, April Walker, Michael Ward, Eddie Waring, Dennis Waterman, Dilys Watling, Colin Welland, June Whitfield, Richard Whitmore, Barbie Wilde, Harold Wilson, Terry Wogan, Edward Woodward, Susannah York, Jimmy Young, Robert Young, Lena Zavaroni
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John Paton Laurie (25 March 1897 &ndash 23 June 1980 was a Scottish Arthur Ian Lavender, better known as Ian Lavender, (born 16 February 1946 is an English film and television Actor best known for his role as John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (born Rula Lenska (born Countess Roza-Marie Leopoldyna Lubienska on 30 September 1947) is an English -born actress of Polish Valerie Leon (born 12 November 1945) is an English Actress, regarded as something of a cult figure due to her roles in a number of high profile Arthur Lowe (22 September 1915 &mdash 15 April 1982 was a BAFTA Award winning English Actor. For the sixteenth century translator see Jane Lumley. Joanna Lamond Lumley, OBE (born 1 May 1946) is an English Fulton Mackay (12 August 1922 - 6 June 1987 was a Scottish actor and is still fondly remembered for his role as Mr Mackay in 'Porridge' which ran between 1974 and 1977 Magnús Magnússon KBE (ˈmaknus ˈmaknuˌsɔn October 12 1929 &ndash January 7 2007) was an Icelandic television Francis Matthews may refer to Francis Matthews (actor, British actor Francis P Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942 is an English rock Singer, Bass guitarist songwriter Composer, Yehudi Menuhin Baron Menuhin, OM, KBE (April 22 1916 – March 12 1999 was an American -born Violinist and conductor who spent John Le Mesurier (born John Charles Elton Le Mesurier De Somerys Halliley; 5 April 1912 &ndash 15 November 1983 was a BAFTA Award-winning English actor Keith Michell (born 1 December 1928) is an Australian Actor. Early life He was born in Adelaide and raised in Sir John Mills CBE (born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills; 22 February 1908 &ndash 23 April 2005) was an English Juliet Maryon Mills, (born 21 November 1941) is an English Character actress, born to the famous theater family of actor Sir John Mills Royce Mills (born 12 May, 1942 in Tetbury, Gloucestershire) is an English television stage and film actor Sir Alfred Patrick Caldwell-Moore, CBE, HonFRS, FRAS (born 4 March 1923 in Pinner) known as Patrick Moore, is Robert Morley CBE ( May 26, 1908 &ndash June 3, 1992) was an Oscar -nominated English Actor who Patrick Mower (born 12 September 1940, real name Patrick Archibald Mower) is an English Actor well known for his many television and Barbara Murray (born 27 September 1929) is an English actress Nanette Newman (born 29 May 1934) is an English actress and author Barry Leslie Norman, CBE (born August 21, 1933 in London) is an English Film critic and television presenter Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev ( Tatar: Rudolf Xämät ulı Nuriev, Russian: Рудольф Хаметович Нуриев Desmond Bernard O'Connor, CBE (born as Conrad Desmondson on 12 January 1932 is a well-known veteran English Television personality. Ian Raymond Ogilvy (born 30 September 1943) is an English Film and Television Actor, who was born in Woking Laurence Kerr Olivier Baron Kate O'Mara (b August 10 1939, Leicester) is an English film and television actress Hugh William Paddick ( 22 August 1915 &ndash 9 November 2000) was an English actor whose most notable role was in the 1960s Sir Michael Parkinson, CBE (born March 28 1935) is an English broadcaster and Journalist. Eric Richard Porter (8 April 1928 - 15 May 1995 was a distinguished English actor who appeared on stage as well as in cinema and television WikipediaWikiProject Classical music#Biographical_infoboxes --> André Previn ( Andreas Ludwig Priwin) KBE (b David Prowse, MBE (born 1 July, 1935) is an English bodybuilder weightlifter and actor most widely known for his role as the physical form Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave CBE ( 20 March, 1908 — 21 March, 1985) was an English actor author director and Vanessa Redgrave, CBE (born 30 January, 1937) is an English Academy Award, two-time Cannes Best Actress, Angharad Mary Rees CBE (born 16 July 1949, Cardiff, Wales) is a Welsh actress best known for her UK Television John Hanson ( August 31, 1922 - December 3, 1998) was a Canadian Singer and Actor who starred in several Sir Cliff Richard, OBE, (born Harry Roger Webb on 14 October 1940 is an English Singer, Actor and Businessman. Sir Ralph David Richardson ( 19 December 1902 &ndash 10 October 1983) was an English Actor, one of a group of theatrical Major William Arnold Ridley, OBE ( 7 January 1896 &mdash 12 March 1984) was an English playwright and actor Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg DBE (born 20 July 1938 is an English actress. 'Victoria Plum' redirects here For other uses see Victoria plum. Dame Flora McKenzie Robson DBE ( 28 March 1902 – 7 July 1984) was an Oscar -nominated English actress Leonard Rossiter ( 21 October 1926 &ndash 5 October 1984) was an English Actor known for his role as Rupert Rigsby Leonard Sachs ( 26 September 1909 - 15 June 1990) was a British actor Anthony Sharp ( 16 June 1915 &ndash 23 July 1984) was an English Actor on Television and Film from Sir Donald Sinden CBE DLitt is an English stage film and television actor who has remained hugely popular since his days as a Rank Organisation Wayne Sleep OBE (born July 17, 1948) Plymouth, Devon, England; is an English Dancer, director Ringo Starr, MBE (born Richard Starkey on 7 July 1940 is an English Musician, Singer, Songwriter and Actor John Edward Thaw CBE ( 3 January, 1942 &ndash 21 February, 2002) was an English Actor, who made his début Percy John Thrower MBE ( January 30, 1913 - March 18, 1988) was a British Gardener, Horticulturist, broadcaster Frankie Vaughan, CBE ( 3 February 1928 - 17 September 1999) was a Singer of Traditional pop music in the Peter Vaughan (born April 4, 1923) is an English Character actor, known for many supporting roles in a variety of British Film and Richard Vernon ( 7 March 1925 &ndash 4 December, 1997) was a British Actor. Michael Ward or Mike Ward or Mick Ward may refer to Michael Ward (actor, British Actor (1909-1997 Michael Ward (cricketer Edward Marsden Waring (Eddie Waring (born February 21, 1910 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire &ndash October 28, 1986) was a Dennis Waterman (born February 24 1948 in Clapham, London) is an English Actor and Singer, best known for Dilys Watling (born 5 May 1946, Fulmer Chase, Buckinghamshire, England) is an actress known for appearances on British television Colin Welland (born 4 July 1934 in Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire) is an English Actor and Screenwriter. June Rosemary Whitfield, CBE (born 11 November 1925 is an English actress, known in the United Kingdom since the 1950s for roles in Radio Richard Whitmore is a broadcaster writer and actor He was born on 22 December 1933 in Hitchin in Hertfordshire, where he still lives and Barbie Wilde is a Canadian actress and writer best known for appearing as the Female Cenobite in ' Hellbound Hellraiser II ' - the second of eight ' Hellraiser James Harold Wilson Baron Wilson of Rievaulx, KG, OBE, FRS, PC (11 March 1916 &ndash 24 May 1995 was one of the most prominent British politicians Sir Michael Terence Wogan, KBE DL (born August 3 1938 more commonly known as Terry Wogan, is a veteran Irish Radio and Television Edward Albert Arthur Woodward OBE (born June 1, 1930 Croydon) is an English Actor and Singer. Susannah York (born January 9, 1942) is an Academy Award -nominated English film and television actress. Jimmy Young may refer to Jimmy Young (boxer (1948&ndash2005 Jimmy Young (disc jockey, Singer (born 1921 Bob or Rob(ert Young may refer to many people Bob Young, Canadian founder and CEO of Red Hat Bob Young (American football (1942&ndash1995 Lena Zavaroni ( November 4, 1963 - October 1, 1999) was a Scottish child singer and a television show host The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 Small Faces were an English rock group from East London, heavily influenced by American Rhythm and blues. The Hollies are an English Rock and roll band formed in the early 1960s. Sir Thomas John Woodward, (born 7 June 1940 known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh pop music singer particularly noted for his powerful voice Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE, (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie on 3 November 1948 in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947 is an English pop / rock Singer, Composer Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey DBE (born 8 January 1937 Cardiff, Wales) is a Welsh Singer. Sir Cliff Richard, OBE, (born Harry Roger Webb on 14 October 1940 is an English Singer, Actor and Businessman. The Pattersons were an Irish folk band from County Donegal during the 1960s and 1970s Most of the singers also took part in sketches — (for instance, The Beatles acted in a comic version sketch of "Pyramus and Thisbe", as performed within the Shakespearean play "A Midsummer's Night Dream"). William Shakespeare ( baptised A Midsummer Night's Dream is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, suggested by " The Knight's Tale " from Also noteworthy was the "resident band" for many years, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen which helped to bring "trad jazz" to the notice of a whole generation. Kenneth Daniel Ball (born 22 May 1930 in Ilford, Essex, England) is a British Jazz Musician, best
External links John Eric Bartholomew OBE ( 14 May 1926 &ndash 28 May 1984) better known by his stage name Eric Morecambe, was an Ernest Wiseman OBE ( 27 November 1925 &ndash 21 March 1999) better known by his stage name of Ernie Wise, was an Two of a Kind is the first TV series for comedy duo Morecambe & Wise The Intelligence Men is a 1965 Comedy film starring British comic duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, already well-known That Riviera Touch (1966 was the second feature-length film made by the comedy duo Morecambe and Wise. The Morecambe & Wise Show that began airing in 1968 was the second TV series for comedy duo Morecambe & Wise. The Morecambe & Wise Show (1978 is generally considered as the output of Morecambe & Wise after they parted company with the BBC following their record-breaking Night Train To Murder was the last work that Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise worked on together before Eric's death in 1984. The Play Wot I Wrote or The Play What I Wrote is a musical Farce written by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and Eddie Braben The Right Size is a British comedy Double act made up of Hamish McColl and Sean Foley. WikipediaWikiProject Classical music#Biographical_infoboxes --> André Previn ( Andreas Ludwig Priwin) KBE (b
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