Ernest Maxin

Ernest Maxin was responsible for choreographing the Morecambe and Wise musical numbers from the early years at the BBC, and later succeeded John Ammonds as producer in 1974. The musical numbers really took off from this point, including The Breakfast Sketch, 'Singin' in the Rain', and the homage to South Pacific.
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Start of Series 7, with Cliff Richard. One of their most memorable routines based on 'The Fleet's In Town', ending with Eric stepping off the ship!

Start of Series with Cliff Richard. One of their most memorable routines based on 'The Fleet's In Town', ending with Eric stepping off the ship!

Ernest Maxin started choreographing the Morecambe and Wise musical numbers in 1970, and made them bigger and better from 1974 onwards, as the show's producer.

Ernest Maxin started choreographing the Morecambe and Wise musical numbers in and made them bigger and better from 1974 onwards, as the show's producer.

1976 Christmas show - This recreation featured Ernie exactly copying Gene Kelly's dance routine, on a set which exactly copied the set used in the movie, whilst Eric performed the role of the policeman...

1976 Christmas show - This recreation featured Ernie exactly copying Gene Kelly's dance routine, on a set which exactly copied the set used in the movie, whilst Eric performed the role of the policeman.

...The difference from the original was that in this version, there is no water, except for some downpours onto Eric's head such as through a drain, or dumped out of a window...

The difference from the original was that in this version, there is no water, except for some downpours onto Eric's head such as through a drain, or dumped out of a window.

...This lack of water was initially because of practical considerations (the floor of the studio had many electrical cables on it, and such quantities of water would be dangerous)—but Morecambe and Wise found a way to turn the lack of water into a comic asset.

...This lack of water was initially because of practical considerations (the floor of the studio had many electrical cables on it, and such quantities of water would be dangerous)—but Morecambe and Wise found a way to turn the lack of water into a comic asset.

1973, with lulu. Eric was not told about this, and dressed as a beefeater, he was left outside!

with lulu. Eric was not told about this, and dressed as a beefeater, he was left outside!

'Mame' routine with the Black & White Minstrels - 16 March 1973!

'Mame' routine with the Black & White Minstrels - 16 March

With Peter Cushing, performing 'A Couple Of Swells', at the end of series 7.

With Peter Cushing, performing 'A Couple Of Swells', at the end of series

Lena Zavaroni performs Something 'Bout Ya Baby I Like', in 1976.

Lena Zavaroni performs Something 'Bout Ya Baby I Like', in

The Christmas show 1976 featured the famous "newsflash" in which Anglia Rippon's desk splits in two to reveal her legs, followed by a song and dance routine.

The Christmas show 1976 featured the famous "newsflash" in which Anglia Rippon's desk splits in two to reveal her legs, followed by a song and dance routine.


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