Daniel Rigby and Bryan Dick as Eric and Ernie

HE died in 1984.

But I still have Eric Morecambe’s telephone number in my reporter’s contacts book.

Placed there in shaky handwriting in the late 1970s when I was a young cub reporter on the Luton News.

Asked by my news editor to call Eric to talk about a local charity event the comedy legend was involved with.

Victoria Wood (Sadie), Daniel Rigby (Eric) and Bryan Dick (Ernie)

THE train from London to Stockport on a wet morning in September for a real television treat.

A day on location with new BBC2 drama Eric & Ernie, plus interviews with cast and production team.

Sitting in the stalls of the Stockport Plaza, we were transported back to 1939 as Ted Robbins, playing impresario and agent Jack Hylton, appeared through the curtains to introduce a young Ernie Wise (Harry MacEntire).

Watching several rows back from the stage is schoolboy Eric Morecambe (Jonah Lees) and his mum Sadie (Victoria Wood).

“I’m not doing it,” is Eric’s line as he’s called to audition on stage.

Daniel Mays as Jim Keats

“EVERYTHING has a pattern and a pattern to everything.

“Find the connections. Find a way out of this.”

Alex’s notepad is back in Ashes To Ashes final series episode four.

Along with even more clues to the bigger picture as we reach the halfway stage of this epic farewell.

First a declaration. I’ve already seen the episode after this one and my brain is still racing.