Sir Lenny Henry will present Gold's brand-new retrospective UKTV Original series Trust Morecambe & Wise (4x60'). The series, commissioned by Joe McVey, UKTV commissioning editor, and produced by Mercury Productions, will take a look at rarely seen footage featuring the immortal duo at the peak of their careers. Each episode of the studio-based series will be filmed in front of a live audience and include contributions from comic guests and some of the duo's much-loved co-stars. Trust Morecambe & Wise will air later this year.
Joe McVey said,
If you've been at a cross roads in your life or simply trying to work out which sofa cushions to get, Trust Morecambe & Wise is what we've been waiting for. Every decision you make could be made easier by allowing Eric & Ernie to guide you. Also, it really is a great thrill to claim that I have commissioned Morecambe & Wise at some point in my career and that's certainly the way I'm going to spin it on my CV.
Tom Webber of Mercury Productions said,
It's a thrill to bring Gold viewers the brilliance of Morecambe & Wise - and to have Lenny Henry fronting the series. Lenny's not just a huge fan of Eric and Ernie, he knew them both and is the perfect host to lead this celebration of their genius.
Previous Mercury commissions for Gold include 2018's 'Saluting Dad's Army' and 'Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes', due for transmission later this year.
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