Little Ern: The authorised biography of Ernie Wise

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Pan Macmillan, Oct 7, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages

He's the man with short fat hairy legs who kept us laughing for decades, his comic timing sparking perfectly with the genius of his partner Eric Morecambe. Yet little has been known about Ernie's amazing story, until now.

Little Ern! takes us from Ernie's childhood in Leeds, where he supported his family by performing on stage, to being left to fend for himself in London at thirteen, a star in the making. We see his friendship with the young comic Eric grow when they toured the theatres of war-torn Britain as teenagers, and discover how their double-act evolved. They survived numerous setbacks on the road to television stardom - and we learn the impact fame had on their lives and friendship. Fully exploring the crucial contribution he made to the act, this charming biography reminds us why Ernie Wise deserves his place in the pantheon of comedy greats.

 

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Contents

MORECAMBE AND MORLEY
CARSON AND KID
KNEE DEEP IN SUCCESS
ON THE BAND WAGGON
ENTER ERIC
ERN TAKES A BOW
STRIKE A NEW JOB
HMS ERNIE
BUGGER BATLEY
THE ERN WOT EDDIE INVENTED
DIDNT THEY DO WELL?
MR FIFTEEN PER CENT
ARMS LENGTH
A SONG AND DANCE
BYE BYE AUNTIE
NIGHT TRAIN TO DISASTER

IN THE SOUP
ON THEIR OWN
THANK YOU I SHALL TELL MY FRIENDS
THIS HAD BETTER BE GOOD
RUNNING WILD
ITS BEHIND YOU
ROCKING IN BLACKPOOL
SUNDAY NOT AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM
DOWN UNDER
TWO OF A KIND
AMERICAN ODYSSEY
TOM DICK ERIC ERNIE
RANK OUTSIDERS
CANADA CALLING
BYE BYE LEW
TWO BECOMES ONE
BACK TO THE BEGINNING
ERN UP WEST
A TOUCH OF FARCE
FLORIDA SUNSHINE
AUNTIES REVENGE
SLOWING DOWN
THE ENGLISH PATIENT
LIFE AFTER ERNIE
GOODBYE ERNIE AND THANKS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
LIST OF PLATES
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About the author (2011)

Robert Sellers is the author of the bestselling Hellraisers series, and has written over ten books on popular culture. He collaborated with James Hogg on What's the Bleeding Time, the biography of James Robertson Justice. James has contributed to several books and consulted on television productions on British comedy.

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