As Braben recalls now, when he was first summoned by Bill Cotton, then Head of Variety, to meet the pair, he had the effrontery to tell them: "There's something missing from your comedy."
"What we never saw," says Braben, "was the genuine warmth that existed between them. I always felt Ernie was too hard, too abrasive. He had this charming innocence but you never saw that in the act. He was the typical feed."
Braben tilted the balance of the double-act towards a more engaging equilibrium.
Friday, June 22, 2007
In The Daily Telegraph, Dominic Cavendish talks to Eddie Braben about what it was like to write for Morecambe and Wise.