A LONG LONG episode of Morecombe and Wise will air this week after a missing BBC tape was found in an attic.
This double comedy has hosted 175 shows during their 22 years on screen, and their title series has become a staple in the family over the Christmas holidays.
BBC Two will air a rediscovered episode of the comedian duo’s classic sketch show on Christmas Day – and footage in the archive has been re-edited to suit current HD TV programmes. Grand.
Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise first appeared in the episode in 1970, but the tape was wiped clean by the BBC.
Thought it had been wiped clean so that the expensive BBC tape could be reused, Eric Morecambe’s son Gary finally found another copy.
While searching for old inscriptions in the family’s Hertfordshire home, he stumbled across seven unmarked boxes.
“Six of them have almost no interest in them,” he told BBC News.
“And then the last show, there’s a part of the BBC sticker on it, there’s a supposedly lost show – but it’s not lost, it’s still there.”
The lost episode was actually the first episode the pair made for BBC One after moving from BBC Two on 8 October 1970.
Gary’s discovery turned out to be a major milestone for the careers of his father Eric and his comedian partner.
He continued: “But at the time, I didn’t realize how far the BBC was going to present it.
“That it would then be colored, that’s great, so it’s been updated.”
Morecambe and Wise: The Lost Tapes airs at 19:45 on Christmas Day on BBC Two.
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