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With a brand new introduction by Eddie Braben, and including
Morecambe and Wise charmed a nation for decades, and at their
height commanded TV audiences that could only be matched by the
moon landings and the 1966 World Cup final. Often called the third
member of Morecambe and Wise, the late Eddie Braben was the quiet
genius behind their best-loved jokes. Here, collected together for
the first time, is a celebration of the finest repartee Braben ever
penned for them--the banter between Eric and Little Ern, lines from
those horrendous plays that Ernie wrote, and the unforgettable
celebrity encounters with such names as Glenda Jackson, Andre
Previn, and, of course, Des O'Connor. The perfect Christmas
stocking-filler for Eric and Ernie fans young and old.
"Ernie: Can you remember the first words you spoke in the theatre?
Eric: I'll never forget them. How could I? 'This way, please
Programmes ...' After a couple of months came my big break. That
great Shakespearian actor and dance band leader, Sir Lawrence
Olivier came to the theatre.
Ernie: What happened?
Eric: He came up to me. My heart stopped. He said, ' Young man,
have you read any of Shakespeare's plays?'
Ernie: What did you say?
Eric: I said, 'Only two of them.' He said, 'Which ones?' I said,
'Romeo and Juliet.' So he put me in his next play.
Ernie: What was it about?
Eric: It was about thirty minutes too long."
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