Comedy legends Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise made this spoof whodunnit telemovie for Thames Television in 1983. It aired on ITV on Thursday, 3 January 1984, eight months after the death of Eric, who collapsed after a charity show in May 1983 and died with the audience’s applause still ringing in his ears.
The two comedians play themselves but become embroiled in a murder mystery in the 1940s.
The two down-on-their-luck music hall entertainers accompany Eric’s niece Kathy Chalmers (Lysette Anthony) on an overnight train to Scotland for the reading of the will of a recently deceased relative at a large, isolated house called Austin Hall, where Kathy and a number of family members stand to inherit a portion of a £10 million estate.
But a mysterious masked killer is at large, bumping off the family members one at a time, seemingly intent on becoming the sole remaining heir.
The supporting cast includes Fulton Mackay, Kenneth Haigh and Pamela Salem. Location shooting took place at Albury Park Mansion, Albury, near Guildford, Surrey.
Joe McGrath wrote the script with Eric and Ernie and also produced and directed the 90-minute film, shot entirely on videotape.
Cousin Milton/Cousin Homer
Chief Supt. Rivers
Great Uncle Robert (voice)
Big Mike Crane
Tiny Big Jim