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Eric & Ernie's Christmas Show (2)

Broadcast 26th December 1983 © Thames Television
Broadcast 26th December 1983
© Thames Television

Not only was this the last ever Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show, it was their last TV show ever, first seen on Boxing Day 1983 and repeated on Five exactly 21 years later. For Eric and Ernie's fans it makes for poignant viewing. They no longer appear to be on top of their game, as sketch after sketch is rehashed from their glory days, with new guest stars Fulton Mackay, Derek Jacobi, Nanette Newman and Peter Skellern. At the time it probably seemed a good idea to revive old favourites (some of which date back to their 1960s ATV era) but frankly it appears that this once great team was not served by good material at the end.