The Double Act Special Offer:
A History of British Comedy Duos
AND The Best of Morecambe & Wise
The Double Act
By ANDREW ROBERTS
Paperback Book. 288 pages with 8 pages of photos.
The double act has been at the heart of the British entertainment scene for over 150 years; from the music halls, through radio shows such as Hancock’s Half Hour and in film and television, from Carry On films to Withnail and I. The book includes music hall turns such as Flanagan & Allen; variety acts who moved into television, like Morecambe & Wise, as well as more recent performers including Armstrong & Miller, Mitchell & Webb, Victoria Wood & Julie Walters and French & Saunders, as well as alternative comedy acts such as Rik Mayall & Adrian Edmondson and Stewart Lee & Richard Herring. There are chapters on TV sitcom double-acts including Tony Hancock & Sid James, Terry & June and George & Mildred; and on the subtle art of the straight man.
This book is a tribute to the comedians who dedicated their lives to adding a bit of laughter to the mundane everyday. The Double Act will appeal to all lovers of British comedy.
The Best of Morecambe & Wise
DVD COMPILATION. Running time approx: 1 hour & 23 minutes. Colour.
Extras: artist profiles of Ernie Wise and Eric Morecambe.
Features: Ernie Wise, Eric Morecambe, Arthur Lowe, Angela Rippon, Glenda Jackson and many more.
This compilation of some of the most memorable moments from Britain’s best loved comedy act includes: Anthony & Cleopatra with Glenda Jackson; Monty on the Bounty with Arthur Lowe as Captain Bligh; the meeting of Byron and Keats; Eric “well and truly lacquered” as a member of a bar-football team; the Singing in the Rain sketch and Eric and Ernie making breakfast to the stripper music! Also included on the DVD are artist profiles, which illustrate for how many years Morecambe and Wise honed their act, in music hall radio, film and TV. By 1977, 28 million people watched their Christmas show, by which time they had worked together for over 30 years.