on 6 May 2009
Seven shows from 1971, with Eric and Ernie and Eddie Braben by now clicking on all cylinders. The opening titles still use their old 'Two of a Kind" theme rather than the classic 'Bring Me Sunshine' but in all other respects this series represents some of their best - and least repeated - BBC work. The BBC's obsession with comedy 'moments' means that many people will have seen little more of M&W than the 'Stripper' breakfast and the newsreaders doing 'Nothing Like a Dame'. 90% of the material here has not been broadcast since its original transmission and is top drawer Morecambe and Wise.
The first show features Dame Flora Robson playing 'straight' brilliantly in a 'Good Queen Bess' sketch. The second show has Arthur Lowe, one of the rare occasions when a guest star is allowed to dominate a show comedically (it happened on a Thames with Leonard Rossiter). In their opening spot, Eric stands aside to let Arthur Lowe take over as principle comedian, ad-libbing off-camera "It's an easy day for me, this." It is priceless stuff and thank goodness the DVD era allows these wonderful shows to see the light of day again at last.
Have yet to watch the last four shows but am looking forward to more star guests, sketches, bed routines and hilariously obscure musical guests!
on 6 August 2014
The magic of yester years....sadly younger people now run BBC and their idea of entertainment is following bailliffs around with camera's or people watching or following house buyers with cameras......sadly the BBC no longer produce large amounts of real genuine entertainment its lost it way...however this DVD is from when BBC was great and its just not aged....The comedy is quick witted and this DVD is one of my favourites along with Hogans Heros....great buy...good value for money (unlike the TV Licence we all pay to watch reality BBC shows nowadays)/.......do buy this and Amazons was the cheapest too. Good packiaging, good delivery and right prices. Five star buy *****
on 8 April 2011
The boys are on top form here. I loved Arthur Lowe wanting to meet the "star of the show", My favourite part is Ernie's flying tumble off the sofa, whilst trying to impress Dame Flora. this was all new to me as i had not seen these episodes before. Once again,Eric and Ernie deliver in spades.