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Simon Cadell (Jeffrey Fairbrother), Paul Shane (Ted Bovis), Ruth Madoc (Gladys Pugh) & Jeffrey Holland (Spike Dixon) on the set of Hi-de-Hi! Su Pollard as the loveable Maplin's chalet maid, Peggy Ollerenshaw.
Barry Howard & Diane Holland, as the hilarious Barry & Yvonne Stuart-Hargreaves The entire Hi-de-Hi! cast, pictured in 1981.

The Holiday Musical

Magazines & Memorabilia
The entire series cast on the cover of British TV Listings Magazine Radio Times in 1981
Hi-De-Hi! - The Holiday Musical Theatre Programme.
Entrance ticket to the recording of the final Hi-de-Hi! episode, The Wind Of Change. This took place on 27th November 1987 at BBC TV Centre in London.


 

Review of Hi-de-Hi! The Holiday Musical.
Advertisement for Hi-de-Hi! Spirits, a theatre show spin off starring Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc, David Griffin & Linda Regan.
Su, featured in a UK newspaper story about the last ever episode of Hi-de-Hi!

 

More  'Hi-de-Hi! - The Musical' Pictures

 

Pictures | Screen Captures | Memorabilia | Videos 
Back: Ruth Madoc (Gladys), David Griffin (Clive), Paul Shane (Ted), Jeffrey Holland (Spike) & Barry Howard (Barry). Front: Su Pollard (Peggy), Felix Bowness (Fred) & Diane Holland (Yvonne).
Su, as Peggy, and Simon Cadell, as Jeffrey Fairbrother. Promotional leaflet for the a series of Hi-de-Hi! Sunday concerts at the Royal Opera House, Scarborough 1982
Read Su's Biography. Taken from the 1983 Hi-de-Hi! - The Holiday Musical Tour Programme. 

An Exclusive Interview with Su from 1994. Originally published in the Hi-de-Hi! Fan Magazine 'Hello Campers', Su talks to Rob Cope about Hi-De-Hi! and much, much more.

Nikki Kelly (Sylvia), Jeffrey Holland (Spike), Paul Shane (Ted), Simon Cadell (Jeffrey), Su Pollard (Peggy), Felix Bowness (Fred) & Leslie Dwyer (Mr Partridge) in a scene from Hi-de-Hi!
A great charicature of Su as Peggy Ollerenshaw, one of the UK's most popular ever sit com characters.

Hi-de-Hi! Boxed Video Sets. These are limited edition releases and are available on the NTSC format, from the US Amazon website (www.amazon.com). They are compatible with United States or universal video players. 


 

Screen Captures of Su from Hi-de-Hi!

 

Hi-de-Hi! - The Scripts (BBC Books 1983)

"Hi-de-Hi! readers! Welcome to Maplin's. 
For the benefit of newcomers, there's Jeffrey Fairbrother, the entertainments manager, who used to be a professor at Cambridge. There's Ted Bovis, your camp host, his assistant, Spike Dixon, and Mr Partridge, the Punch-and-Judy man. There's Fred Quilly, who looks after the horses, and Yvonne and Barry Stuart-Hargreaves, the stuck-up ballroom dancers. There's scatter-brained Peggy, the chalet maid, and, of course, there's Gladys Pugh, the chief yellowcoat. Finally, there's someone you haven't seen on your screens, Charley Binns, the senior camper, who knows all the secrets of Maplin's. He tells you about the night Jeffrey and Gladys were trapped in the Three Bears' Cottage, about how Ted raised the money for his wife's alimony, about the Most Popular Girl Yellowcoat Competition and many other things. With this book in your pocket your holiday is bound to be a happy one. And if you read it at home you'll think that you are on holiday. So Hi-He-Hi! readers! Welcome back to Maplin's!" 
 

Right:  Signed picture of Jeffrey Holland, aka Spike Dixon.

Hi-de-Hi! - The Holiday Musical 
Promotional Poster (1984) 

 

BBC Video Released in 1988

'Hi-de-Hi! - Songs & Fun From The Staff Of Maplin's Holiday Camp' (BBC Records REC 436). Su appears as Peggy Ollerenshaw and sings two solo tracks, "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" and "The Big Parade".

 

Victoria Palace Theatre Program

Hi-de-Hi! - The Annual (1983)

US/Canada Hi-de-Hi! Video 

 
Magazine Feature : TitBits 
  
Escape From Maplins! 

So you think life is one big holiday for the stars of Hi-de-Hi! Well think again. The Maplins mob has been so successful, it's going to be a long time before they can get away from it all. After spending the summer packing them in at Bournemouth's Pavilion Theatre, they will start work on a new TV series. On top of that there is talk of appearing in the West End - and even a tour to Australia. That means that on the rare occasions they do get a break, the stars of the show steer well clear of holiday camps...

 
Simon Cadell

Camp manager Jeffrey Fairbrother spends his working life dealing with people - but Simon just wants to get away from it all. 

"I just love to escape to a friend's farm in the French Alps," he says. 

"Last year  I crashed out for four glorious weeks just resting in his peaceful vineyards, drinking wine and eating toast and pate. I don't like crowds, and would rather be with people I know, getting brown beside a private pool rather than a public beach. 

"Some evenings we'd drive down to the coast and have marvellous meals, looking out over the Mediterranean. 

"That's as far from Maplins as you can get!" 
 

Paul Shane

The man who plays Maplin's resident comic Ted Bovis always takes his holidays lying down. He can usually be found flat on his back in his Scarborough garden, somewhere among the weeds. 

"That's because I'm terrified of flying - and hate weeding," he says. 

"Years ago I flew to the Shetlands in something more like a paraffin budgie than a plane. It took off on its knees and it had a thatched propellor. I never thought I'd get out alive - and the experience put me off for life." 

Paul's had no better luck with other forms of transport. 

"Last year we thought we really would try to get away and so the wife and I took a coach to the south of France. 

"It was agony. Doris and I clambered out 24 hours later, both looking like the elephant man. All our limbs had swollen up and we could only shamble about. 

"I'd love to go to the Bahamas. That's a spot I want to lie all over. But it's a long flight - and a long way to walk back if anything goes wrong." 

So if you want to find Paul and Doris, try home first.

Ruth Madoc

It's no surprise that the girl who plays amorous Gladys Pugh likes putting herself about a bit. 

"I like an active holiday, know what I mean?" she says. 

"I've got ants in my pants. Can't sit still for five minutes at a time. 

"I've got to be doing things. You know, climbing mountains, swimming in the sea, chattering to anyone who'll listen." 

For the last two years Ruth and husband John have shot off to Tenerife in March to get the sun. 

"I love the sun - it's so rejuvenating." says Ruth. 

"John insists we stay in a hotel because he says I work so hard I need a complete rest. 

"Secretly, though I'd rather like to do some cooking and I wouldn't mind a self-catering holiday in the Canaries next time. 

"I'd love to travel to the Far East - India, Singapore, Hong Kong - fascinating places. 

"But John did all that in the army, and he's not keen. 

"I think he's a bit afraid his past will catch up with him if I start poking around too closely out there!" 
 

Barry Howard

The man behind ballroom dancer Barry Stuart-Hargreaves says he goes wild on holidays. 

"I really do, it's all so invigorating!" 

And he's full of his great new holiday discovery - Florida. 

"I was so fed up with Spanish holiday hotels," he says. "The constant sounds of drills and hammering as new buildings shoot up all the time." 

"But the very thought of America terrified me. I'd imagined them brash and loud-mouthed, while I'm such a typical Englishman. Then I tried it. 

"Florida is just magic and the American people are really beautifully kind. I toured the Everglades, saw the alligators - and ordered myself a matching handbag and shoes. 

"Best of all I discovered Disney World. That really is a place for all children over the age of 30 - and I just squeeze into that category. 

"I tried all the rides and want to go on them all again. There is so much to wonder at, you can't take it all in at once. A bit like my performance in the show, dear."

Su Pollard

Dotty chalet maid Peggy is a fixture at Maplins, but Su likes to get right away from the british seaside. 

"I can't swim so I don't spend any time in the sea," she says. 

"For the last two years I've travelled with a friend in Crete. We've gone walking in the mountains, meeting the Greeks who are ever so friendly. It was magic. 

"There was plenty of nightlife too. I like a bit of a dance but, most of all, I like to chat into the small hours and drink some of the old village wine." 

"Maplins could do with a bit more of that. Get the old knobbly knees really knocking that would." 
 

Tony & David Webb

The real-life twins share the same interests - and that includes holidays. 

Tony, married to a Finnish girl, takes his wife and two small children to an island summer home on a Finnish lake. 

"There's nowhere like it in the world," he says. 

"The silence is so immense, you can hear people talking a mile away." 

Brother David, who lives only a mile away from Tony's Suffolk home, also takes his two kids to Finland. 

But they try to avoid both taking their holidays at the same time! 
 

 
SAY HI-DE-HI TO TED AND THE GANG

It's three years since the Hi-De-Hi! stars said By-De-Bye to campers. Some of them are making us laugh in You Rang, M'Lord?, but what happened to the rest of the Maplin's staff? Steve Clark reports.

 
TED BOVIS
Paul Shane landed his role as holiday camp comic Ted Bovis after Hi-De-Hi! writer Jimmy Perry spotted him making a cameo appearance in Coronation Street with Elsie Tanner in Alf Robert's shop. 

'Hi-De-Hi! was seven years of bliss,' says Paul, who has worked in cabaret as a stand-up comedian and a singer. As well as playing butler Alfred Strokes in You Rang, M'Lord?, Paul also starred as a dodgy theatrical agent in the ITV comedy Very Big, Very Soon, and will appear with Hi-De-Hi! co-star Su Pollard in Dick Whittington at Sheffield this Christmas. 

Paul, 51 and his wife Dory have three daughters, Janice, Andrea and Gillian. 
 

JEFFREY
Simon Cadell had us all in stitches as Maplin's Entertainment's Manager Jeffrey Fairbrother, always fighting off the affections of Gladys Pugh. 

Since leaving the show in 1986 (when he was replaced by David Griffin as Squadron Leader Clive Dempster) Simon has appeared in a string of TV hits including Blott On The Landscape, Life Without George, About Face and Singles, and on stage he has appeared in Hamlet, Blithe Spirit, Noel And Gertie and Don't Dress For Dinner

Simon, 41, who lives in North London with his wife Rebecca and sons Patrick and Alec, is also one of Britain's top voice artists and his smooth tones provide the background to many of television's most popular commercials. 
 

BARRY
Barry Howard is amazed that he's still recognised as ballroom dancer Barry Stuart-Hargreaves, even though he left the show more than four years ago. He was replaced by Ben Aris, who played Julian, a former pig farmer. 

'People have such tremendous memories,' Barry smiles. He was axed from the series in 1986 and admits: 'Drink was the problem. I was bevvying it up too much but I'm teetotal now.' 

He's currently playing the narrator in a national tour of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. 'I'm loving every moment,' he says, 'I'm a bit of a father figure.' 

Barry, 54, who lives in Bournemouth, is due to play the Dame opposite Ronnie Corbett in Jack And The Beanstalk at Bromley, Kent this Christmas. 
 

SYLVIA
Nikki Kelly, 38, played leggy Yellowcoat Sylvia. She has worked mainly in theatres since and also teaches drama to children. She is currently directing the musical Bugsy Malone at a stage school. At Christmas she'll appear as the Wicked Queen in Snow White at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 
 

BETTY
Rikki Howard, 37, who played Yellowcoat Betty, lives in West London and is married to a French businessman. She does some occasional acting, including TV commercials, but devotes most of her time to her two daughters Lalle, six, and Tiana, four. 
 

RAMONA
Jean Lear was the organ playing Yellowcoat Ramona. She lives in Norwich and teaches piano and organ. Jean and husband Rex also work as television extras and have appeared in many shows including The Chief, Lovejoy and the PD James Mysteries

PEGGY
Su Pollard, who played madcap chalet maid Peggy, describes Hi-De-Hi! simply as 'the biggest break in my entire life.' 

Since the series ended Su, 42, has hosted the TV game show Take The Plunge and is currently appearing with Simon Cadell in the West End farce Don't Dress For Dinner. She's also on screen in You Rang, M'Lord? Next year she hopes to take her one-woman show to Australia and New Zealand. 
 

GLADYS
When Ruth Madoc, who played lovesick Gladys Pugh, married her second husband John Jackson nine years ago her pals from Hi-De-Hi! were there to wish her well. 'It was great having them there with us,' says Ruth. 'I'm very proud of the show because its standard was maintained from beginning to end. People still ask me why the BBC decided to take it off the air. 

'I've done a lot of different characters since Hi-De-Hi!, not particularly to get Gladys out of my hair but to make sure I could still do it for myself.' 

Her many theatre appearances include the musical Gypsy, Nightclub Confidential and A Taste Of Honey. She is currently in the BBC1 series An Actor's Life For Me, and at Christmas will star as the Wicked Witch in Jack And The Beanstalk at Stevenage. 

Ruth, 47, lives in Cambridge with her husband, parents and daughter Lowri, 17. She also has a son Rhys, 24. The children are from her first marriage to actor Phillip Madoc. 
 

FRED THE JOCKEY
Playing Fred the jockey in Hi-De-Hi! meant a rare appearance on screen for Felix Bowness. 

For comedian Felix is actually one of Britain's top warm-up men, whose job it is to get  the studio audience falling about laughing before the live recording of shows such as Hi-De-Hi!

In recent years he has warmed-up for The Russ Abbot Show, Singles, The Noel Edmonds Roadshow, You Rang, M'Lord? and Wogan. 'I'd had a little bit of TV work before Hi-De-Hi!, but no one ever knew me,' says Felix. 'Doing the show was brilliant. They were the happiest years of my life.' 

In addition to his warm-ups, Felix, who says he's the 'wrong side of 59,' makes regular after dinner speeches and plays a grocer in You Rang, M'Lord?

'I am very busy,' he says. 'But I can't say no when work comes in. I ought to take it easier but I'm just as keen as ever.' 

Felix now lives in Berkshire with his wife Mavis. Their son Robert is a policeman. 
 

THE TWINS
David and Tony Valentine Webb starred as the Yellowcoats, Stanley and Bruce. 'We perform in real holiday camps, keeping Hi-De-Hi! alive wit hour Happy Campers Show with Felix Bowness,' says freelance broadcaster David, 45, who lives in Suffolk. Tony, the older by ten minutes, lives in Essex. Both are married. 
 

TRACEY
Gail Harrison played Yellowcoat Tracey and left to star in the C4 comedy Brass as Isobel. She has also appeared in Return Of The Antelope, Come Back, Game, Set and Match, Only Fools And Horses and The Lisa Maxwell Show.

SPIKE
Many of Jeffrey holland's memories of Hi-De-Hi! involve being very cold and wet. For, as Maplin's funnyman Spike Dixon, Jeffrey was frequently thrown into water. 

'I remember a very unpleasant day in the middle of October when I had to end up in the swimming pool,' recalls Jeffrey. 'I was dressed in a bathing suit with a balloon and a blonde wig. 

'It was so cold that my legs started to go numb. I knew if I didn't get out they'd have had to pull me out!' 

Three years after Jimmy Perry and David Croft's series finished, Jeffrey is still recognised as Ted Bovis's hapless sidekick. 'I was on the tube the other day and these guys shouted "Hello Spike, Hi-De-Hi!",' he says. He has since starred in other television comedy series including You Rang, M'Lord? and The Russ Abbot Show, and on stage in Run For Your Wife

This Christmas, Jeffrey, who lives in Somerset with his wife Eleanor and children Lucy, 18, and Sam, 15, will star as Widow Twanky in Aladdin at the New Theatre, Cardiff. 
 

YVONNE
People who met Diane Holland when she wasn't playing prim and proper ballroom dancer Yvonne Stuart-Hargreaves usually got a shock. 'People expected me to be snooty and I hope I'm not like that atall,' she laughs. 

At the height of Hi-De-Hi!'s fame Diane became a forces sweetheart. 'Somebody had written from the Falklands asking for pictures of me and it snowballed.' 

Now 60, Diane is to appear in a new BBC comedy series Grace And Favour, and has also appeared in The Upper Hand, and the TV film Lace II and Bergerac

Diane, who is unmarried and lives in Surrey, trained as a dancer. She will be playing a maiden aunt in Nutcracker at Covent Garden this Christmas. 
 

MR PARTRIDGE
Veteran actor Leslie Dwyer found fame late in life as Maplin's miserable Punch And Judy man Mr Partridge. 

Although Hi-De-Hi! made a star of Leslie, he had actually appeared in more than 100 films including the classics The Way Ahead and In Which We Serve

In 1985 ill health forced him to quit Hi-De-Hi! and he died a year later, aged 80. 

His character was not continued, but to balance the show Kenneth Connor joined as Uncle Sammy, a tramp who had become a children's entertainer. 

Kenneth, star of 17 Carry On films, has since appeared in Blackadder the Third, You Rang, M'Lord?, Made In Heaven and Norbert Smith - A Life, and is recording a new series of 'Allo,' Allo

Now in his early 70s, Kenneth lives in London with his wife Margaret. 
 

GARY
Former boxer Chris Andrews - Yellowcoat Gary - now travels the world as a bodyguard to pop stars, including Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Jason Donovan and Chris De Burgh. Chris, 46, who lives in Surrey, once played the Artful Dodger in a stage show of the musical Oliver!, taking over from Monkees star Davey Jones.

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