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Morecambe and Wise 'almost split their act'

12th October 2009

One of the UK's favourite comedy double acts almost split before hitting the big time, a new book has revealed.

A letter written by Ernie Wise to Eric Morecambe around 1950 called for the duo to break up their act because of unhappiness with their work and 'animosity' at home.

The note was uncovered when Morecambe's son Gary was researching You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, his latest book on the much-loved comedians.

In the letter, Wise explained: 'I want us to break up the act. I feel it would be better if we parted. I know this will be quite a shock to you but I had to come to some decision.'

However, his partner was able to convince him to continue with Morecambe and Wise and the pair eventually moved from the variety and music hall circuit to television - where their Christmas specials drew in audiences of 28 million.

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, which is being released to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Morecambe's death, features a foreword by Dame Judi Dench, interviews with those close to the performer and previously unseen family photographs.

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