Sunshine and Laughter: The Story of Morecambe & Wise (Hardback)
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Sunshine and Laughter: The Story of Morecambe & Wise (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 08/07/2021
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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

The Morecambe and Wise Show was the creme de la creme 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 from their wartime debut at the Liverpool Empire to Morecambe's tragically early demise in 1984.

This is no simple, linear story of rags to fame and riches; Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise learnt showbiz the hard way. They began their careers as child stars, became famous in Variety, and then faded just as quickly into obscurity. But they would re-emerge bigger, better and brighter - and with a sackful of experience grittily won - to reach a level of celebrity and popularity that is unlikely ever to be equalled. By the time of their last BBC Christmas Show in 1977, they were twenty-four carat comedy gold - 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.

Other quality double acts have been and gone, yet none come close to the affection in which Morecambe and Wise are held. In Sunshine and Laughter, Louis Barfe tells their touching story, 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.

Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 9781838933371
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'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 *
PRAISE FOR HAPPINESS AND TEARS:
'As much a tribute as a biography ... The result is sure to delight Dodd's many admirers' TLS.
'[An] industriously thorough, entertaining biography of the late Sir Kenneth Arthur Dodd' Spectator.
'An absolute joy' Choice Magazine.
'Fascinatingly odd' * Daily Express *

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