The third series of Morecambe and Wise is a treat to me, having been less than a twinkle in my daddy's eye when it was originally aired, I've hardly seen any of it. There are a few sketches, mainly the ones with the two monks who gamble, play pinball and shoplift, and Eric's giant ventriloquist dummy, that I've seen before but the majority of it is fresh to me.
I'll agree with other viewers that the first couple of episodes feel a little lost, that Ernie's character is still a little too suave, and not quite pompous enough for Eric's freewheeling Groucho Marx like verbal cartwheels to truly strike home. Also, some of the stuff about the Royal Family is lost on me, as it seems to be alluding to what was going on at the time of recording. And also, the Golden Rose of Montreaux offering, which is a throwback to the days of Sid and Dick seems somewhat hastily thrown together. (Eric's comments about how they're not going to get it near the end are very funny though.) However the rest is a laugh a minute. The Fenella Fielding episode is excellent, with Ernie being played up as innocent and naive and Eric biting off more than he can chew! It's probably the best in the series, which is a shame as the Richard Greene build-up in which the ex-Robin Hood visits Eric and Ernie in their flat when they're both in bed is very good, but the running gag about him not wanting to talk about Robin Hood never quite hits its stride.
As ever though, the best bits are when Eric and Ernie are doing the cross-talk and one of them blows their lines and they both start to laugh at what they're doing. I think this is what sets them apart from the Two Ronnies and Vic and Bob and the rest, Eric and Ernie invite you into their world. You feel like you're part of it. And it's really really funny.