About Morecambe and Wise in America

Between 1963 and 1968, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise made over a dozen trips to New York to appear on America's biggest variety show, 'The Ed Sullivan Show'.

About Morecambe and Wise in America

From a hesitant start in which the American audience were unsure of what to make of Eric and Ernie, they soon established themselves as one of Sullivan's favourite acts and made multiple appearances on the top-rated show.

They also worked in colour for the first time in America, inspiring them to seek to do the same in Britain and prompting their move to the BBC. Over three episodes, Jonathan Ross tells the story of Eric and Ernie's American adventure and introduces footage never seen by a British audience before.

The series includes interview testimony from many artists who worked with Morecambe and Wise, including Glenda Jackson, Dame Diana Rigg, Hannah Gordon and Nicholas Parsons.

Plus we hear from their many famous fans including Penn & Teller, Shappi Khorsandi, Steve Punt, Gina Yashere and Stephen K Amos and also featured are Eric Morecambe's family - wife Joan, son Gary and daughter Gail.