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Eddie Braben (born Oct 31 1930 in Liverpool, England) is a comedy writer and performer who has provided material for such figures as David Frost and Ronnie Corbett, but who is most famous for having written for Ken Dodd and Morecambe and Wise. Location within England Coordinates: , Sovereign state United Kingdom Constituent country England Region North West England Ceremonial county Historic county Merseyside Lancashire Admin HQ Liverpool City Centre Founded 1207 City Status 1880 Government  - Type Metropolitan borough, City  - Governing body Liverpool City Council Area  - Borough & City 43. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... People called David Frost include: Sir David Frost, the British broadcaster David Frost, the South African golfer. ... Ronnie Corbett in Extras Ronald Balfour Corbett, OBE (born 4 December 1930 in Edinburgh, commonly credited as Ronnie Corbett) is a British comedian and actor, best known as one of The Two Ronnies. ... Ken Dodd Show Poster Kenneth Arthur Dodd OBE (born 8 November 1927, in Knotty Ash, Liverpool) is a veteran English comedian and singer, famous for selling over 100 million records, his buck teeth, frizzy hair, feather duster (or tickling stick), and his catchphrases, often playing on the tickled motif, e. ... Morecambe and Wise Morecambe and Wise were a famous British comic double act comprising Eric Morecambe OBE and Ernie Wise OBE. The act lasted four decades until Morecambes retirement, shortly before his death in 1984. ...


As a child he was entranced by radio comedy and particularly that of Arthur Askey. After school, which he left with a handful of qualifications, he followed his parents into market trading, manning a fruit and veg stall. In spare moments he wrote jokes, frequently on the back of the brown paper bags he used to package his goods. Arthur Askey (June 6, 1900 - November 16, 1982) was a prominent British comedian. ...


Although shy, he sent jokes off to whichever comedians were appearing in Liverpool at the time. His first joke was sold to Charlie Chester for 2s 6d, but his first major success was with Ken Dodd, who he went on to work with for 12 years. Dodd's style was good training for Braben because his relentless delivery averaged around seven jokes each minute. Writing a five- or 10-minute set was hard work. Braben also worked on 'Round the Horne' and was often ridiculed by Kenneth Williams, who once forced Eddie Braben to say, "I Love You Kenneth" on air. [Error: In fact the Round the Horne collaborator was Edwin Braden][The error is sort of correct but Eddies real name is Edwin C Braben] Charlie Chester (April 26, 1914 - June 26, 1997), was a popular British stand-up comedian and TV and radio presenter, broadcasting almost continuously from the 1940s to the 1990s. ... Ken Dodd Show Poster Kenneth Arthur Dodd OBE (born 8 November 1927, in Knotty Ash, Liverpool) is a veteran English comedian and singer, famous for selling over 100 million records, his buck teeth, frizzy hair, feather duster (or tickling stick), and his catchphrases, often playing on the tickled motif, e. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Braben's ultimate success was to come when the BBC lured Morecambe and Wise from ITV. Bill Cotton, then in charge of Light Entertainment at the BBC, was looking for a writer and asked Braben if he'd like to try. Braben had seen Morecambe and Wise some years previously in music hall and thought they were terrible. In the intervening years, the duo had polished their act significantly and were using Dick Hills and Sid Green to write their scripts. They had ended-up with on-stage personas Braben says he didn't like - Morecambe was "gormless" (a northern England phrase meaning stupid and unworldly), whereas Wise was tight-fisted with money, smart and hard-edged (they were not dissimilar to their older contemporaries Abbott and Costello in this respect). The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... Morecambe and Wise Morecambe and Wise were a famous British comic double act comprising Eric Morecambe OBE and Ernie Wise OBE. The act lasted four decades until Morecambes retirement, shortly before his death in 1984. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV but also as ITV Network or Channel 3) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990... Sir Bill Cotton (born April 23, 1928) CBE, is a British television producer and executive, the son of big-band leader Billy Cotton. ... Music Hall is a form of British theatrical entertainment which reached its peak of popularity between 1850 and 1960. ... Dick Hills, (1926 - 1996), and Sid Green, (1928 - 1999), were a British partnership of comedy writers, most notable for their work on TV in the 1960s. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Braben's first trick when writing for the duo was to alter these characterisations. Though retaining his love of money, Wise became more naive and his egotism more innocent and less self-aware - whilst Morecambe became more worldly-wise and even protective of his friend, though still retaining a child-like innocence himself. After meeting the duo, Braben had noticed their warm friendship and aimed to bring this out at the same time as adding enough jokes to make it funny. He provided, for example, the idea of the two men not only living together but also sharing a large double bed - something which would have been unthinkable in the case of their 'Hills and Green' characters but which, emphasising as it now did their closeness as well as their innocence, became a regular feature of the TV shows.


Morecambe, Wise and Braben formed what came to be known in the television industry as "The Golden Triangle". Together they won the Society of Film Television Artists 1973 award for Outstanding Contribution to Television. Braben himself won the Best British Light Entertainment Script award from the Writer's Guild of Great Britain in 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1973.


Braben found writing for Morecambe and Wise extremely stressful, particularly with the pressure he was under to produce the high-profile Christmas Specials, each of which took months to rehearse and film. As a result, he suffered nervous illnesses, including hallucinations.


In 1978 Morecambe and Wise were lured back to ITV - but Braben didn't initially go with them, because he was still under contract with the BBC. Before he rejoined them on ITV in the 1980s, Braben wrote and appeared in a number of comedy radio shows for the BBC, including The Show With Ten Legs; he had been a radio scriptwriter and performer since 1975, when he wrote and starred in a BBC radio comedy series called The Worst Show On The Wireless. In style and form, Ten Legs harked back to the old music-hall tradition - not least due to the presence in the show of James Casey and Eli Woods, both of them former stage-colleagues (and blood relatives!) of music-hall legend Jimmy James. Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 2001, Braben collaborated with Hamish McColl and Sean Foley to write The Play What I Wrote, a stage play and tribute to Morecambe, Wise and Braben, which opened in London's West End. The director was Kenneth Branagh. The Play What I Wrote is a musical farce written by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and Eddie Braben, and directed by Kenneth Branagh. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in... Kenneth Charles Branagh (born December 10, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated Northern Irish-born actor and film director. ...


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Eddie Braben - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (607 words)
Eddie Braben is a comedy writer and performer who has provided material for such figures as David Frost and Ronnie Corbett, but who is most famous for having written for Ken Dodd and Morecambe and Wise.
Braben had seen Morecambe and Wise some years previously in music hall and thought they were terrible.
Braben found writing for Morecambe and Wise extremely stressful, particularly with the pressure he was under to produce the high-profile Christmas Specials, each of which took months to rehearse and film.
Eddie Braben - definition of Eddie Braben in Encyclopedia (568 words)
Eddie Braben is a comedy writer and performer who is most famous for having worked with Ken Dodd and Morecambe and Wise.
Braben's first trick when writing for the duo was to alter their characterisation.
Braben found writing for Morecambe and Wise a trial, particuarly the pressure he was under to produce the Christmas Specials.
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