Wednesday, May 22, 2013

So long Eddie

R.I.P. Eddie Braben

The passing of one of my heroes. An utter genius of a writer, a great artist and craftsman. We're the better for having had him round.

How could you improve Morecambe and Wise? Well, you could get them to drop the Abbott and Costello personae they often adopted in the fifties and sixties. Then you could write for deep-seated warmth of their friendship. And then you could add the daftnesses of childhood. And you get this:

Here he is talking to Miranda Hart about the experience:

(It wasn't until I read his obituary in "The Independent" that I knew about his head-butting Billy Cotton for not letting him follow Morecambe & Wise over to Thames when they left the BBC.)

It's a shame I don't have any links to clips of any of his radio shows. Mad compendia of music hall malarkey, gorms and grotesques, with Alison Steadman as Miss Tasker ("Shy of men. Always have been...") driven wild by men's thighs and the odd lurch into Comic Cuts surrealism that would lead Eli Woods to cry: "I've done some rubbish in my time, but..." And we'd laugh. Because it was warm and daft and funny.

Thank you sir.


Tim said...

Seconded. And thirded. You got the words in the right order.

Kevin Musgrove said...

Thank you Tim

dinahmow said...

Thank you.

Gadjo Dilo said...

Yeah, brilliant. One should always remember the writers. I'd heard that it had taken M&W quite a long time on the telly before they were genuinely funny, but luckily for me I only saw them in their Braben prime.

libby said...

Oh yes.....watching these two was/is a treat everytime.