Here’s Morecambe and Wise as you’ve never seen them before – as breakfast. OK it’s a stunt to raise awareness for TV channel’s Gold latest tribute to the late, great comedians, Bring Me Morecambe and Wise. But as stunts go it’s quite impressive. The theme for the picture follows a survey of 2000 comedy fans who named the breakfast scene as the most iconic of the duo’s sketches. Whatever next? The Two Ronnies as lunch or The X Factor as a dog’s dinner?
The artwork was painstakingly built by artist Carl Warner and his team of four food stylists over two days. The team used a variety of foods which featured in the original sketch, from scrambled eggs to sausages and grapefruit.
The lapels on Eric and Ernie’s suits were created from the fillets of 17 smoked mackerel and complemented with stylish 70s jackets made from six kippers. More than two dozen eggs were also employed for the pairs’ shirts – with one half scrambled to recreate the frilly fronts, and the other cooked into an extra buttery omelette to form the retro collars.
One of the most challenging things for Carl was to ensure a likeness of the British comedy legends. A variety of sausages, from cocktail and chipolata to Lincolnshire were used to create the duo’s facial features, with gammon steaks forming the shape of their heads and bacon contouring their cheeks and chins. Carl finished off the masterpiece with a smattering of All Bran for Eric’s hairline and an abundance of Shredded Wheat for the luscious locked Ernie.
Blanched almonds, mushrooms and sultanas created remarkably realistic eyes and teeth, whilst Eric was finished off with a pair of his infamous glasses – courtesy of vanilla pods. The duo were finally lit in their on-stage setting by several white grapefruits, complemented by seven cans of baked beans and an astonishing 150 roasted tomatoes.
The stunning artwork was commissioned to mark the launch of the channel’s new series Bring Me Morecambe & Wise – featuring rare and unseen footage of Britain’s favourite comedy duo alongside the much loved extracts they are most famous for. Here’s the full list of ingredients:
• Heads: 3 x gammon steaks
• Faces: 15 x back and 15 x streaky bacon rashers
• Eric’s glasses: 6 x vanilla pods
• Eric’s hair: All Bran
• Ernie’s hair: Shredded Wheat
• Jacket lapels: 17 x smoked mackerel fillets
• Jackets: 6 x kippers
• Shirts: collars (omelette) / frilly fronts (scrambled) – total of 2 dozen eggs
• Eyes: 1 x mushroom, 4 x sultanas
• Teeth: 20g of blanched almonds
• Bowties/noses/lips: 25 sausages (a mixture of cocktail, chipolata and Lincolnshire)
• Background: 1.5 x white grapefruit, 7 x cans of baked beans, 150 x tomatoes
The making of Morecambe and Wise can be found here: [www.youtube.com/GOLDTVchannel