Author Topic: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.  (Read 152642 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

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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

jenna appleseed

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Re: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.
« Reply #1713 on: June 05, 2019, 08:35:23 PM »
Was it one of you lot you contacted 6music on Monday claiming to have met Little and Large when you were two?

a slightly later link by Shawn (too wafferly & tedious for Radio 2 & makes Steve Wright look good) Keaveny (not sure if his sudden memory, or something he'd forgotten to mention from his listeners message) mentioned Eddie Large having a guitar (pos bouncing up & down?) on a piece of elastic, and said in the style of a man having a depressing flashback.

Glebe

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Re: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.
« Reply #1714 on: June 05, 2019, 09:53:43 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

YES! It's like Stan & Ollie!

Re: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.
« Reply #1715 on: June 05, 2019, 10:48:23 PM »
Little & Large mentioned on Chart Music again!

Re: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.
« Reply #1716 on: July 29, 2019, 11:02:10 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNys08sBIzs

original link dead. try this.

Re: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.
« Reply #1717 on: July 31, 2019, 09:17:48 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8ZmvzV5EV8&t=410s

A brutal Chesney Hawkes edit, a Brief Encounter parody, and a midget doing the splits.

Re: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.
« Reply #1718 on: July 31, 2019, 12:25:18 PM »
Here's Syd being interviewed on the subject of God by a Christian snooker referee on the verge of a nervous breakdown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIW8QJ96lXA

EDIT: Shit, in all seriousness I didn't know Syd had endured such personal trauma. This thread has taken a strange, unexpected turn. Sorry.
Christian snooker referee. LOL.

Re: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.
« Reply #1719 on: July 31, 2019, 10:22:24 PM »
Chicken in a basket please don't weep,
The door is locked just you and me.
We can go to a stadium that's got glass tables,
You can watch me sing, while you are eating.


LOL

Re: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.
« Reply #1720 on: August 02, 2019, 10:26:47 PM »
As long as we're on the subject of adverts...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67WmWfWcd3Q

There's such a (presumably unintentional) bleakness to this which I find both compelling and oddly disturbing. The stark set. The absence of background music. The static crackle at the start. The dead echo on the dialogue recording. The grainy film stock, no doubt made worse by the bleary quality of the video conversion and the YouTube compression. The fact that the ad agency have hired two 'funny men' off the telly but were apparently stumped when it came to giving them something - anything - even vaguely amusing to say. Then there's the truly Sydian tragedy that whilst the Two Ronnies did adverts for watches, cars, crisps and cereals, Little and Large got stuck with flogging bog roll. Hmmm babaloo arsewipe.

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Re: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.
« Reply #1721 on: August 04, 2019, 10:22:37 PM »
Hello! I've not posted here for ages, but I've been inevitably drawn back as I have to report that someone has started working in my office, an actual real live person called Edward Large. And nobody there has mentioned it or anything, as if it isn't the most amazing thing in the world.

Also, in the interminable NKOTB parody Eddie says "I've seen more fat on a chip" when questioning why someone is regarded as fat. But that makes no sense at all - chips are a notoriously fatty foodstuff.

Brundle-Fly

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Re: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.
« Reply #1722 on: August 04, 2019, 11:35:07 PM »
Hello! I've not posted here for ages, but I've been inevitably drawn back as I have to report that someone has started working in my office, an actual real live person called Edward Large. And nobody there has mentioned it or anything, as if it isn't the most amazing thing in the world.

Also, in the interminable NKOTB parody Eddie says "I've seen more fat on a chip" when questioning why someone is regarded as fat. But that makes no sense at all - chips are a notoriously fatty foodstuff.

That Edward Large is an IMPOSTER!

And yes, the real 'Eddeh' dropped the ball there with the chip fat comment. Disappointing.

Re: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.
« Reply #1723 on: August 04, 2019, 11:53:31 PM »

Glebe

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Re: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.
« Reply #1724 on: August 05, 2019, 06:26:10 AM »
Eddie should sue these imposters. FUCK 'EM.

Phoenix Lazarus

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Re: Little & Large Xmas special 1980. Extraordinary.
« Reply #1725 on: August 05, 2019, 06:35:52 AM »

Also, in the interminable NKOTB parody Eddie says "I've seen more fat on a chip" when questioning why someone is regarded as fat. But that makes no sense at all - chips are a notoriously fatty foodstuff.

If he's talking about an individual potato chip, that has a very small proportion of an adult's human's bodily fat.  He could also be talking about a wood chip.