Eddie Large was one half of the UK’s top comedy duos – Little & Large.
Their prime-time Saturday evening BBC1 series The Little & Large Show attracted viewing figures close to 15 million per episode during it’s 13-year run.
A comic legend, Eddie Large, was born Edward McGinnis in 1941 in Glasgow, but his family moved to live in a red brick terraced house opposite the Maine Road Stadium of Manchester City Football Club when he was just 10 years old. He came to regard Manchester as his “home town”.
Eddie met singer and guitarist Cyril Mead in the Stonemason's Arms pub in Whythenshawe and they formed a double act following the reaction to Eddie's comic heckling of Cyril, who switched to comedy. The duo then performed in northern clubs. As Little and Large they began their TV career on the talent show Opportunity Knocks winning in 1971 and went on to star in many television comedy programmes, including their own series The little and Large Show and the ITV series Who Do You Do doing impressions and also becoming popular as pantomime stars.In 1977, Thames Television offered them their own series. That same year they attracted full-house audiences appearing live at Blackpool, with a record-breaking season. In November of that same year they were invited to appear live in The Royal Variety Show. During the 2010–11 football season, football entertainment show Soccer AM did regular comedy sketches with Peterborough footballer Mark Little, and Eddie Large, as the newly reformed Little and Large.