Unknowns sought for Wood's film
Victoria Wood is to cast two unknown teens in her Morecambe and Wise movie by holding open auditions.
The comedy actress is behind a BBC Two film to be shown over Christmas in which she will play Eric Morecambe's mother.
Now she wants to ensure the role is awarded on the basis of talent rather than go to a drama school wannabe.
Morecambe and sidekick Ernie Wise were the nation's favourite comedy double act, keeping TV viewers in stitches and pulling in huge audiences.
The film When Eric Met Ernie will tell the story of how reluctant performer Morecambe was encouraged by his mother Sadie (Wood) to form the act with child song and dance star Wise.
Wood is working with Bafta-winning writer Peter Bowker on the drama.
Castings will take place in Manchester and Leeds next month at venues to be announced, with both actors playing the characters at the ages of 12 and 13. Both are expected to have a natural northern English accent with Wise preferably from Yorkshire and Morecambe from Lancashire.