The Little and Large Show, 1977
Well perhaps not a classic in everybody’s mind, but Little and Large were a huge hit with TV audiences during their 14 year run.
The comedy double act comprising straight man Syd Little and comic Eddie Large got their big break on Opportunity Knocks before getting their own Thames Television show in 1977, defecting to the BBC in 1978 where they stayed until their show was cancelled in 1991 as mainstream television headed in a new direction.
The Little and Large Show was must see Saturday Night TV for millions of us.
It would comprise of sketches and musical numbers, with special guests. In between Little and Large would perform fill in sections, with perhaps Syd trying to perform a song with interference from Eddie, or Eddie trying out his latest impression, his most famous was Benny from the legendary Crossroads soap and how many people can remember his John Noakes impression, what you could make with “a pair of Val’s Old Knickers!”.
Each show would end with the pair performing a musical extravaganza giving their take on a popular song, does anyone remember them dressed up as characters from children’s favorite – Noddy performing their version of “the Day We Went to Bangor?” History is perhaps a little unkind to these two as it is to many shows of years gone by, but there’s no denying that in their heyday Little and Large made us laugh.
Syd Little and Eddie Large
Channel: ITV (Thames), BBC1
Transmission Dates: 1977 (ITV), 1978 – 1991 (BBC)
There are no DVD or other releases at the time of this posting.