Little and large duo heading for the big time

PUBLISHED: 10:13 03 June 2010 | UPDATED: 10:19 03 June 2010

Adrian Manning and Kieran McGarvie

Adrian Manning and Kieran McGarvie

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TWO friends who met over the fish counter at a supermarket are set to hit the big time by starring in their own sketch show.

Kieran McGarvie, 24, and Adrian Manning, 22, have been commissioned by Putting You There productions to make a pilot of a sketch show, provisionally titled Manning and McGarvie.

Filming will take place this summer, and the pair hope their efforts will catch the eye of executives from networks such as the BBC or Sky.

Kieran, of Serby Avenue, Royston, said: “We’ve been in a few adverts and music videos, and it was while we were filming one of these that the production company noticed us and suggested that we put together a sketch show.

“We’re writing and starring in it ourselves, and although we’ve never done any sketches together before, we’ve done a lot of acting.”

Describing their material as dry humour in the style of Ricky Gervais or Jo Brand, Kieran told The Crow that he and Adrian, of Newman Avenue, Royston, met through mutual friends six years ago.

“I was working at Tesco at the time, and Adrian came in and we got chatting over the fish counter, and we’ve been friends ever since. We are complete opposites in the way we look as Adrian is 6ft 6in and I’m 5ft 8in, so we stand out when we are together, but luckily we have the same sense of humour.”

Filming of the pilot episode will take place mainly in the Royston area, with some sketches being shot at the John Henry Newman School in Stevenage, where Kieran is a former pupil.

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