In the late seventies Little and Large were at their peak and one of the most popular acts on television, but in the late summer of 1979 it is alleged that the BBC Science department conducted scientific experiments on Syd Little.
Little had agreed to take part in a children's science show called 'Blow It Up!' , a show which was then axed after just two episodes. His double act partner Eddie Large recalls 'Syd simply disappeared for about two months and then when I saw him again he just wasn't the same Syd anymore.'
Little was allegedly taken to a secret location in Dorset, England where he was kept locked in a 'human cage' and fed scraps of raw meat and dried bread. He was injected with a serum which was later found to contain a strain of virus which was affecting thousands of ferrets throughout the British Isles. The virus known as '56TFG' was considered to be so dangerous there was growing fear amongst scientists that it had the potential to spread to humans.
Little was sedated for long periods of his ordeal, but was released by the BBC in September of 1979 in woodland somewhere in East Sussex.
Freinds of the star say Little arrived home but that in the following weeks it was seen that his behaviour had altered radically.
A friend recalls 'He started gnawing on wood. Chair legs, table legs, sticks. He attempted to crawl up the inside leg of my trousers. It was very sad to see.'
On one horrific occasion Little was out with friends at a restaurant in London's West End when without warning he attacked a male diner at a nearby table, biting furiously at his face.
The friend says 'It was horrific. Syd just leapt from his chair and with great agility ran across the floor of the restaurant and made a kind of high pitched screeching noise before leaping upon the head of the poor man.'
No charges were wrought after the diner accepted an out of court settlement following a private prosecution.
Eddie Large says 'Make no mistake it spelt the end of our act and our success.'
The BBC have refused to comment on the story.