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