Double acts: our favourite duos

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It’s important to be independent in life, but there’s nothing like having a reliable friend as a sidekick. There are some people in life that, while wonderful as individuals, were born to be part of truly tremendous duos.

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Here, we take a look at some of our favourite duos throughout time.

1. Holmes and Watson

The quintessential English pairing; detective Sherlock Holmes and faithful friend, and fellow crime fighter, Dr John Watson, are synonymous with friendship. In all depictions of Conan Doyle’s masterpiece, one would be lost without the other - and so would we!

2. Ant and Dec

The Geordie duo has certainly made a name for themselves, but this year, the responsible pair confirmed they’ve got ‘six figure’ insurance policies against each other in the event one of them dies. While we can’t imagine one without the other, this policy is certainly of some worth. Ant noted, ‘But it’s not like anything evil is going to happen. I think I would be the first suspect if we were together and Dec suddenly fell off a cliff! I’ve got a big motive.’

3. French and Saunders

When thinking about British female comedians, comedy duo (Dawn) French and (Jennifer) Saunders are certainly at the top of the list. After 30 years in the business (the pair ended their long run in the business in 2010), we’ll always think of them as one of the country's most loved comedy pairs.

4. Phil and Holly

This year, This Morning’s Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were crowned Britain's favourite TV presenting duo in a Radio Times poll, beating Ant and Dec and Great British Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins to the top spot.

5. Morecambe and Wise

Where would Eric have been without Ernie? An iconic British comedy duo, the partnership lasted from 1941 until Morecambe's death in 1984. Synonymous with British popular culture, the duo came to be known as one of the best-loved double acts of a generation.

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