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November 22, 2012

The comedy TV channel Gold are launching a new series tonight called Bring Me Morecambe & Wise. It will feature rare and unseen footage of Britain’s favourite comedy duo alongside the much loved extracts they are most famous for.

How best to publicise the event. Well, a poll of 2000 comedy fans revealed that the duo’s breakfast sketch was the most iconic of their scenes so why not commission the artist Carl Warner to create a portrait of Morecambe and Wise made out of breakfast foods?

Done up like kippers

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.

Vanilla pod specs

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.

Bring Me Morecambe & Wise airs Wednesdays on Gold from 21st November 2012 at 9pm. The breakfast sketch is below: