As potty Peggy the chalet maid, Su
Pollard never got to wear frocks like these! But
now she's hosting a show fo her own, she can
really dress to thrill. Mary Fletcher reports...
flashing, eyes sparkling, the unquenchable Su
Pollard kicks up her shapely legs for the
umpteenth time. Spending two hours having
pictures taken in a variety of outfits is not
everyone's idea of fun, but it certainly suits
her. "How about another twirl and a leg out,
like this?" she asks oozing energy.
Not me. I keep fit, take me vitamins, eat
carefully, and the only time I feel down is if I
start thinking daft things. Then, all I do is
remember how lucky I am. I've got lovely friends,
a fantastic family, great husband and work I
love. What more could I want?"
dotty Hi-De-Hi! chalet maid to outrageously
dressed Take The Plunge quiz show host, Su's been
a firm TV favourite for years. And one thing's
for sure - whether it's doing her show or staying
at home with her husband, she's never been more
more than five years since she married Peter
Keogh, attracting lots of the wrong sort of
publicity. "People wondered how I could
marry someone who was gay." she says.
"No one reckoned it would last five minutes.
But I loved him. Anything else was irrelevant and
he'd put his past behind him. We're so happy
a child make life complete? "No, I'm 40 now
and I've never really wanted children, although I
think they're brilliant. I'm away so much that
Peter and I don't spend as much time together as
we'd like. You have to give your life over to
The Plunge has been time consuming, but it's
great. I just love all these outfits that were
specially made for me, don't you? I didn't want
to look like Bob Monkhouse, so I got a friend to
design them all. They each come with different
coloured glasses so I've got 56 pairs now!
series finishes this week and it's been a big
success, real fun. I like the idea of having no
script, just responding to whatever crops up.
It's a bit like me one woman show which I take
round pubs - real off-the-cuff stuff.
lets me be myself too, and I've always insisted
on that - even if it was a bit of a drawback when
I first started! I used to have green hair and
different coloured socks and shoes, even scarves
on me wrists. I looked like a Morris dancer. Me
mum used to despair, she used to walk a few paces
behind me when I met her from work. Some people
thought I was a freak.
refused to compromise though. I thought that if I
was talented enough, people would eventually get
used to me. And over the years I've mellowed a
fact, there's only one person who's ever told me
I should refine my vowels, and that was the
producer of a telly commercial. I told him that
if he wanted Dame Peggy Ashcroft he should have
asked her. I'm Su Pollard and I'm not going to
change now, am I?"