I like 'Little & Large' but I dislike this pitiful ( and unsurprisingly short lived ) series made by Thames Television. Syd Little and Eddie Large ( or Cyril Mead and Eddie MacGinnis to give them their real names ) were a comedy double act who after a successful audition on 'Opportunity Knocks' got their big break after appearing on kids shows such as 'Crackerjack'. Sensing that they had potential to carry their own show, Thames Television gave them this series - 'The Little & Large Telly Show'. It did not do them justice at all. Each episode would commence with Syd trying to tell a few jokes or sing a song, only for Eddie to come on stage and interrupt him with impersonations of Deputy Dawg, Cliff Richard, Jimmy Saville ( which one would not get away with now! ) and Eammon Andrews among others, which would then culminate in Syd getting all hot and bothered.
Each joke was trotted out feebly to annoying canned laughter and the show's set was nothing more than a drab white backdrop, with maybe a piano in the background. Tony Hatch would appear each week as Syd and Eddie's figure of fun. Most times Tony looked genuinely embarrassed at having to appear with them, and no wonder!
There was also and array of female singers dressed in revealing clothing however this did not help one bit to elevate the show out of the mediocre.
This should have been the end for Syd and Eddie, however their luck was soon to be on the up when the BBC gave them a show - 'The Little & Large Show' - which ran from 1978 - 1991. It was superior in just about every way.
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