Author Topic: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.  (Read 140644 times)

bomb_dog

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Re: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.
« Reply #1710 on: March 08, 2019, 09:40:35 PM »
Quote from: This weeks TV Cream mailout
Old thrill!
LITTLE AND LARGE
It was quite useful Noel managed to revitalise BBC1's Saturday night line-up when he did as the Beeb spent much of the rest of 1991 clearing out their huge catalogue of past their prime variety acts, with Russ Abbott and Les Dennis both appearing in their last shows this year. Also out the door were Little and Large, after a marathon fourteen years at the Corporation, being poached from ITV in 1977, making their debut on the Beeb that Christmas and starting their long-running series the following year. Original producer Michael Hurll was quick to point out they weren't signed as a replacement for Morecambe and Wise, not least as they were still there when they arrived, and even Syd and Eddie were well aware of their limitations, especially Syd ("He is not pretending to be just standing there, he is just standing there"). Nevertheless the show continued successfully for many years, helped by Syd and Eddie's obvious good nature, their willingness to go to extreme measures for a laugh and, of course, Eddie's car starting routine. However despite their remarkable consistency, the Beeb never seemed to care for them, seemingly embarrassed by their lowbrow material and only letting them continue due to their high ratings, on at least one occasion being officially axed and then reprieved in lieu of any better ideas. However come 1991, even the smallest viewer could tell that they'd suffered a massive budget cut and nobody’s heart was in it, and it was no surprise that turned out to be the final series. Even after that the Beeb showed some repeats in the summer, but then that was finally that. However the lads never seemed to moan and simply accepted they'd had a good run, and while they split up for a while and Eddie was in a bad way, we were thrilled to see them back on Saturday night the other week on Pointless. Sadly we didn’t find out how Lulu started her car

Glebe

  • So here we are, then.
Re: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.
« Reply #1711 on: March 08, 2019, 09:42:42 PM »
Fascinating to see how the dynamic has shifted with Syd being the dominant partner here. I'm concerned about Eddie's tongue lolling though. Never a good health symptom. Poor old Mel Smith in his last years springs to mind.

I actually think he's looking pretty fly with his classy specs. But yes, Syd has finally had his revenge, and is clearly The Boss now. He may have given Eddie a strong speaking-to in the dressing room - and perhaps threatened violence.

But on a lighter note, to celebrate their prime-time reunion, let's have a classic song!

Sorry bomb_dog, I jumped the gun there:

Old thrill!
LITTLE AND LARGE
It was quite useful Noel managed to revitalise BBC1's Saturday night line-up when he did as the Beeb spent much of the rest of 1991 clearing out their huge catalogue of past their prime variety acts, with Russ Abbott and Les Dennis both appearing in their last shows this year. Also out the door were Little and Large, after a marathon fourteen years at the Corporation, being poached from ITV in 1977, making their debut on the Beeb that Christmas and starting their long-running series the following year. Original producer Michael Hurll was quick to point out they weren't signed as a replacement for Morecambe and Wise, not least as they were still there when they arrived, and even Syd and Eddie were well aware of their limitations, especially Syd ("He is not pretending to be just standing there, he is just standing there"). Nevertheless the show continued successfully for many years, helped by Syd and Eddie's obvious good nature, their willingness to go to extreme measures for a laugh and, of course, Eddie's car starting routine. However despite their remarkable consistency, the Beeb never seemed to care for them, seemingly embarrassed by their lowbrow material and only letting them continue due to their high ratings, on at least one occasion being officially axed and then reprieved in lieu of any better ideas. However come 1991, even the smallest viewer could tell that they'd suffered a massive budget cut and nobody’s heart was in it, and it was no surprise that turned out to be the final series. Even after that the Beeb showed some repeats in the summer, but then that was finally that. However the lads never seemed to moan and simply accepted they'd had a good run, and while they split up for a while and Eddie was in a bad way, we were thrilled to see them back on Saturday night the other week on Pointless. Sadly we didn’t find out how Lulu started her car

Morrison Lard

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Re: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.
« Reply #1712 on: March 08, 2019, 11:39:00 PM »
Oh, I've got the dream team being interviewed on BBC Points West here.

This was just before the Slapstick (!?) Festival last January.

https://vimeo.com/322359209