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ITVX to celebrate Eric Sykes’s 100th Birthday

ITVX and ITV3 will mark the 100th birthday of the much-loved writer, comedian, actor and director Eric Sykes by airing the Christmas Day 1979 special of This Is Your Life.

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We don’t know about you but when we think of Eric Sykes we can’t help but think of all those Christmas day specials of Morecambe and Wise.

From dancing in the rain to the iconic breakfast sketch in 1976 it’s only fitting that he is celebrated on Eric Sykes’s 100th birthday.

And obviously, ITV thinks so too as the UK broadcast television network has acquired a rarely seen episode of the biographical documentary series This Is Your Life.

The special episode which originally aired on Christmas Day, 1979, will stream on ITVX from 30th April, just a few days ahead of what would have been Eric Sykes’ 100 birthday on 4th May. The special will also air on ITV3 on the same date.

The 45 minute long episode featured tributes not only from Eric’s family but from a host of showbiz greats including Bill Fraser, Tommy Cooper, Frankie Howerd, Max Bygrages, Spike Milligan, Johnny Speight, Harry Secombe to Zsa Zsa Gabor and Sean Connery amongst others.

Not available on any other streaming platform, revisit the life of the legendary Eric Sykes on 30th April on ITVX and ITV3.

We’re off to stream all those memorable Christmas day specials…