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July 29, 2003: Su on 'Weakest Link' this Saturday
Weakest LinkSu's much anticipated appearance on The Weakest Link is broadcast this coming Saturday on BBC1.

The edition is a 1980's special and should be fun, with Su coming head-to-head with the self-styled "Queen of Mean", and old friend, Anne Robinson.

Anne Robinson presents the quick-fire general knowledge quiz. This edition features 1980s celebrities, including Linda Lusardi, Nick Owen, Toyah Willcox and Su Pollard.

Weakest Link : BBC1 : Saturday 2nd August : 5.40pm

July 29, 2003: Su on TV *Update*
Weakest Link : BBC1 : Saturday 2nd August : 5.40pm
Anne Robinson presents the quick-fire general knowledge quiz. This edition features 1980s celebrities, including Linda Lusardi, Nick Owen, Toyah Willcox and Su Pollard.
Hi-De-Hi! : UK Gold : Sunday 3rd August : 6am/2.35pm
Hi-De-Hi! : UK Gold : Monday 4th August : 00.35am
Classic comedy from Maplins.
Gimme Gimme Gimme : BBC3 : Monday 4th August : 11.00pm
Singing in the Drain. Series 3, Episode 5. Sitcom about two flatmates who have nothing in common apart from their outrageous attitude to life and their taste in men. Linda finally realises her ambition to become a model, while Tom secures an audition for a West End musical.
Starring: Kathy Burke, James Dreyfus, Brian Bovell, Beth Goddard, Su Pollard, Jonathan Harvey
Hi-De-Hi! : UK Gold : Saturday 9th August : 6.00am
Hi-De-Hi! : UK Gold : Sunday 10th August : 6.00am
Classic comedy from Maplins.
July 9, 2003: 'Stars Reunited' - Five go mad in Riverside!!
Stars Reunited - 8th July 2003Five stars of the classic BBC sitcom Hi-De-Hi! gathered together for yesterday morning's Stars Reunited special on BBC1.

Su, Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc, Nicki Kelly, and surprise guest, Barry Howard spent an hour with Dale Winton reminiscing about the eight years they spent on the show that launched all of their careers.

Su, looking fantastic, and the other stars, recalled many events that took place, with anecdotes galore keeping viewers and the studio audience highly entertained. They all spoke fondly about all aspects of Hi-De-Hi! and giggled along with old clips and headlines from the newspapers from the era.

There was also a chance for members of the studio audience to put a question to each of the actors.

Please check back soon for a page of screen captures from the show at SuOnline's Television section.

July 6, 2003: 'Stars Reunited' - Hi-De-Hi! Special this Tuesday
Su, Dale & the Hi-De-Hi! gangDon't forget to set your videos for Stars Reunited - Hi-De-Hi! this Tuesday morning on BBC1.

Dale Winton reunites the casts of popular television shows from the past. This programme features Ruth Madoc, Paul Shane, Su Pollard and Nicki Kelly from Hi-De-Hi!

The show that brings together the casts of programmes that were the must-see viewing of their day reunites comedy favourite Hi De Hi! Along with the funniest clips from the show, Dale Winton finds out who were the bad boys and girls behind the scenes, what made a show set in the 50s so popular in the 80s and how becoming so famous affected the stars of the show. Ruth Madoc, Paul Shane, Su Pollard and Nicki Kelly give away their secrets and are joined by ballroom dancing Barry Stuart Hargreaves, otherwise known as Barry Howard.

Stars Reunited : BBC1 : Tuesday 8th July : 10.00am

Many thanks to the BBC for the use of this picture.

July 6, 2003: 'Annie' - Theatres prepare for UK tour
Annie UK theatresVarious theatres being visited by the Annie 2003 UK tour later this year are now promoting the musical on their websites.

Including; the Cork Opera House (where Su is NOT appearing), Brighton Theatre Royal, Grimsby Auditorium, Southend Cliffs Pavilion, and Dartford's Orchard Theatre.

The tour commences on, week beginning, 8th September and runs until the week of 24th November, though as mentioned Su leaves the show the week previously.

Starring Su Pollard, Mark Wynter, Louise English with Lucy Barker and Faye Spittlehouse as Annie.

Annie is a heart-warming rags to riches story of an 11 year-old orphan who longs for her parents to rescue her from a New York orphanage and its mean tempered matron, Miss Hannigan. Annie is offered the chance of a lifetime when billionaire businessman (with a heart of gold) Oliver Warbucks decides to adopt her, but not before Miss Hannigan and her brother roster scheme to kidnap Annie and claim the reward money. 

Set against a Manhattan skyine in the era of the Great Depression. Annie The Musical follows the story of the 11 year old orphan without a friend in the world, except her faithful dog, Sandy. Annie's only hope is to escape the orphanage where the tyrannical Miss Hanningan makes life a misery and with the arrival of Daddy Warbucks her dreams finally can come true.

Packed with show stopping songs, this classic musical features Tomorrow, You're Never Fully Dresses Without a Smile, It's a Hard Knock Life and more. This is a heartwarming, feel good show for all the family to enjoy.

"A production worthy of any West End stage...The sun doesn't wait until tomorrow to come out - it shines all over the stage" THE STAGE

"This is one of the most enchanting musicals I've ever seen" SUNDAY TIMES

July 6, 2003: 'The Vagina Monologues' Su's stint ends / Two show reviews
Vag Mon - Gone!Su's short stint in The Vagina Monologues has now come to an end.

However, as Su prepares for pastures new, here are two reviews of the recent Wycombe Swan performances

IC Berkshire: Women reclaiming 'down there'!
The Vagina Monologues is one of those shows that everyone has heard of but few know what to expect when they arrive at the theatre. I was one of those - I had no idea what I was about to see, writes Sarah Larch.

What I did see will make you laugh, cringe and cry all within one hour and 45 minutes.

Eve Ensler's now famous vagina interviews with women around the world was brought to life for us by Su Pollard, Jenny Jules and Tamara Beckwith.

They perched, all dressed in black and bare-footed, on stools and spoke humourously and seriously about the one thing women rarely talk about - 'down there'.

If you are easily offended then the second half of this show, however, is not for you.

Although Su Pollard's aura alone had you giggling, one of her monologues was about reclaiming a certain word that nobody likes at all. By the end of her story the auditorium was echoing with swearing women, and a few to my right walked out at that point.

It is also relevant to point out that the audience could well determine whether you enjoy this show. There were some women who seemed to think they had to laugh at every word - this is not the case believe me! And it got rather annoying.

The monologues vary considerably. If your vagina got dressed, what would it wear? Glasses!

Another highlight was Jenny Jules. Her impressions were superb - she put on a great African woman's accent when performing the monologue of a girl who thought her vagina was evil after being raped by her father's friend aged ten. But she regained the pleasure of it at 16 thanks to a 'beautiful 24-year-old woman'.

She also performed a 'When Harry met Sally-esque' scene of varying moans, including the silent British moan, and culminating in an eruption on stage. There is the story of a 72-year-old and her 'floods' and the one about the vagina classes. But these are interspersed with the sad and sickening stories of rape in Africa and the very descriptive story of the birth of Eve Ensler's grandchild.

It is these sadder stories that saw the introduction of V-Day. V-Day's message is simple - it demands that violence must end and proclaims Valentine's Day as V-Day until the violence stops.

Performances of the Vagina Monologues raise funds for local charities working to end violence against women and children.

Review: Vagina Monologues, Wycombe Swan
This worldwide phenomenon was written by Eve Ensler from a series of interviews with women of all ages, on their thoughts about an important and complex part of their anatomy.

Su Pollard, Tamara Beckwith and Jenny Jules recounted their words and had the whole audience in stitches with laughter, or near to tears, over subjects ranging from the ludicrousness of some feminine hygiene products and underwear to harrowing accounts of rape in Bosnia, female mutilation by circumcision and, finally, to the miracle of giving birth.

It's incredible that, in this day and age, a show like this can possibly be seen as subversive. In a town in America it was banned from advertising but women were having none of that nonsense and took to the streets to hand out leaflets in the parking lots of supermarkets. It was a wonderfully witty and liberating show and, some would say, about time too! A celebration of being a woman - although there were one or two brave men there. In keeping with the aims of the show, a donation from the proceeds went to a local women's charity.

July 6, 2003: 'The Scotsman' Short Su article
Coming To A Stage Near You

It’s not all tutus on the Festival stage. October sees the return to the Capital of Hi-De-Hi! favourite Su Pollard who is due to star in Annie (October 7-11), the heart-warming musical about an 11-year-old orphan girl adopted by billionaire businessman, Daddy Warbucks. 

Pollard has been cast as the evil- tempered, child-hating, bourbon- swilling matron of the orphanage, Miss Hannigan. In real life, however, she couldn’t be more complimentary about her young charges, and says: "The children are superb and the music is so great. I’ve always wanted to be in Annie because I just love the music so much. We’ve got a brilliant cast and, frankly, I’m having a ball. It’s fantastic." 

July 2, 2003: 'Stars Reunited' - Transmission date confirmed
What's On TV - 2nd July 03'What's On TV' features an article on the new series of Stars Reunited in this week's edition of the magazine.

Look out for more articles on the show in other television guides and listings magazines over the next few days.

The Hi-De-Hi! edition of Stars Reunited, presented by Dale Winton, and featuring Su, Ruth Madoc, Paul Shane, Nikki Kelly and a surprise guest, will be broadcast on BBC1, next Tuesday (8th July) at 10.00am.

Click on the picture to read the full feature at SuOnline's Article Archive.

July 1, 2003: Su's final week of 'The Vagina Monologues'
The Vagina MonologuesSu continues in The Vagina Monologues this week at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.

This is Su's third, and final, week in the production. The Vagina Monologues has been a short, but interesting, departure for Su, who has appeared along with Jenny Jules and Tamara Beckwith.

Rehearsals and preparations for Annie - The Musical 2003 will soon get underway. Su is very much looking forward to reprising her role as Miss Hannigan for the nationwide UK tour, following the hugely successful 2002 leg.

July 1, 2003: 'Annie' - Rehearsals beginning soon
Annie opens at the Theatre Royal in Lincoln on the 8th September.

Su will, once again, be joined by Louise English as Grace Farrell and Mark Wynter as Daddy Warbucks, with Lucy Barker taking over the role of Annie.

Further updates and information will be available right here in the months leading up to the show opening. 

Please visit SuOnline's dedcated Annie section by clicking the picture.

June 24, 2003: Su guests on 'Loose Lips' / 'Vagina Monologues' update
Loose LipsSu guested on Loose Lips With Richard Arnold & Melinda Messenger late last week, the new afternoon chat show on Living TV.

Su chatted about The Vagina Monologues and much more.

While on the subject of Vag Mon. Su is appearing at the Swan Theatre in High Wycombe all this week in the production. Next week Su, Jenny Jules and Tamara Beckwith will be at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.

June 24, 2003: Su News - Bits & Pieces!
• Last night's BBC1 documentary Comedy Connections looked at Are You Being Served?, investigating the many TV shows linked to the famous sit-com and its creators David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd. You rang, M'Lord? and Oh! Doctor Beeching were briefly mentioned, and the final scene from Hi-De-Hi!, with Su, was also shown.

• A selection of screen captures, from Su's appearance on Liquid News last week, can now be found in the, redesigned, TV section.

• Su's mate, and co-star in The Pirates Of Penzance, Gary Wilmot has just announced that he is to take over from Michael Ball in the lead role in the hit West End production of Chitty Chitty Bng Bang! - Good luck from SuOnline, Gary.

June 19, 2003: 'Liquid News' report
Liquid News - 18th June 2003Su was in great form on last night's Liquid News. She guested on the show with the new rock band The Darkness.

She chatted to presenter Claudia Winkleman about David Beckham, Eddie Large (who has recently undergone a heart by-pass operation), 'Starting Together' ("You suddenly find yourself at number 3 in the charts and have to quickly make a video!"), The Vagina Monologues, and the new Incredible Hulk movie, among other topics.

The on-screen Su Factfile read: Su's first TV appearance was on 'Opportunity Knocks' - She came second to a singing Jack Russell. Su went on to record 'Starting Together' which went to number 2 in the charts in 1986. She says she'd really like to do a movie with Barbara Streisand - "I've never met her in person but I've visited her home in Palm Springs and stuck my hand through the letterbox so I could say that I'd been in there." Se was an usher with Lionel Blair at Les Dennis and Amanda Holden's wedding.

Check back after the weekend for more Liquid News screen captures at the SuOnline Television section.

June 18, 2003: Su on 'Liquid News' this evening - BBC Three
Su on Liquid NewsMany apologies that this piece of news has been added so close to the event, but it was only announced late yesterday.

Su will be the sofa guest on this evening's Liquid News, on BBC Three.

The 30 minute entertainment show, fronted by Claudia Winkleman and Colin Paterson, goes out live on the channel at 7.00pm amd is repeated later at 12.15am and 3.30am.

From the Liquid News Website: COMING UP - Madcap comedy actress Su Pollard is live on Wednesday's show. That's Liquid News, Wednesday 18th June, BBC Three, 7pm. 

June 17, 2003: Hi-De-Hi! - New book - Contributions Needed
Rob Cope and Mike Fury are currently in the early stages of planning a book about Hi-De-Hi! They are looking for any contributions with regard to the show. Did you see the programme being recorded at the BBC? Maybe you were at Warner's Holiday Camp in Dovercourt and saw them on location? Or on holiday at the seaside and saw the cast perform in the stage musical version? If you have strong memories of meeting the cast, or seeing the programme live (or just on screen) we would like to hear from you. We are particularly looking for anyone who has photographs of the cast in - or out of - costume during the making of the series. The project has the blessing of David Croft and Jimmy Perry, the legendary writers. 

Please write to: PO Box 1838,  Barlaston,  Stoke On Trent ST12 9JS

or email  - rob@supollard.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

June 17, 2003: 'Hi-De-Hi!' Competition - Signed cast picture WINNER!
Congratulations to Ben Stock, who correctly answered that there were, including the pilot, 58 episodes of Hi-De-Hi!

• While on the subject of Hi-De-Hi!, look out for another episode on BBC2 this weekend.

June 9, 2003: Su in 'The Vagina Monologues'
The Vagina MonologuesThis week sees Su debut in The Vagina Monologues, at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford.

The must see West End phenomenon The Vagina Monologues is now on tour after a sellout Autumn starring three amazing women. Having moved and delighted audiences in New York, Rome, Paris and London, this powerful masterpiece explores everything from the intimate to the hilarious, delving nto women's deepest secrets and fantasies across the globe.

Based on Eve Ensler's Vagina Interviews conducted with women from all around the world, this hilariously witty and moving collection of tales gives voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, brave and thoroughly human stories. 

'Sex has never been funnier or more poignant.' - New York Times

'Eve Ensler's glorious show is warm, open, exciting, enchanting and hilariously funny! See it even if you haven't got one.' - Sunday Times

'Fresh, funny and beguiling.' - Daily Mail

You can also catch Su in The Vagina Monologues at the Swan Theatre, High Wycombe (w/c 23rd June), and the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (w/c 30th June).

Revisit soon for a "Vag Mon-filled" Su's Snippets!

June 9, 2003: Su on TV *Update*
Hi-De-Hi! : UK Gold : Sat 14th /Sun 15th June : 6.00am
Hi-De-Hi! : BBC2 : Sunday 15th June : 6.10pm
The Day of Reckoning. Series 1, Episode 4. 
The classic comedy series set at Maplin's Holiday Camp in 1959. Ex-jockey Fred Quilly once took a bribe to fix a race, but failed to keep the horse from winning. Now he is convinced that the betting gang have tracked him down and are out for revenge.
Starring: Simon Cadell, Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc, Su Pollard, Jeffrey Holland, Felix Bowness.
Gimme Gimme Gimme : UK Gold : Thursday 19th June : 9.00pm
Gimme Gimme Gimme : UK Gold : Friday 20th June : 00.50am
Singing in the Drain. Series 3, Episode 5. 
Sitcom about two flatmates who have nothing in common apart from their outrageous attitude to life and their taste in men. Linda finally realises her ambition to become a model, while Tom secures an audition for a West End musical.
Starring: Kathy Burke, James Dreyfus, Brian Bovell, Beth Goddard, Su Pollard, Jonathan Harvey
June 9, 2003: 'Little Robots' - Coming Soon on DVD & VHS
Little RobotsDVD gets, just a little, "Noiser" this coming October!

Little Robots, the animated series in which Su voices the character Noisy, is to be released on DVD and VHS later this year. The entire first batch of episodes will be available on two DVD's and two videos.

Further updates on this release later in the year.

Many thanks to the lovely Carolyn from the BBC for this information.

June 4, 2003: Su & Christopher - 'Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs'
Su and ChristopherAn exclusive first look at Su's "Wicked Queen" look for panto 2003.

Su stars in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, at The Hexagon in Reading, this coming festive season, alongside Christopher Lillicrap as Nurse Nora.

Snow White : Sat 6th December 2003 - Sun 4th January 2004
Starring Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen and Christopher Lillicrap as Nurse Nora. Also featuring Bunny the Rabbit

BOX OFFICE 0118 960 6060

The Hexagon, Queens Walk, Reading, Berkshire

Full Price: 18.00, 16.00, 12.00 all shows except 6th & 7th December
Concessions:  16.00, 14.00, 12.00

Further information and updates in the months leading up to Christmas.

Many thanks to Michael Gatrell.

June 4, 2003: Su @ 'Wycombe Swan' website
• (News - 13 May): Su Pollard has been confirmed as one of the three women who will be appearing in The Vagina Monologues here in June. Probably best known for her role as the downtrodden chalet maid Peggy in nine series of Hi-De-Hi, Su has enjoyed success in a variety of other television comedies. She is also an accomplished musical theatre actress and was last seen at the Swan in September 2001 in The Pirates of Penzance; Su will be making a return visit to the Swan in November when she will be appearing in Annie.

• (News - 22 May): We are pleased top confirm that the three women starring in The Vagina Monologues (23 – 28 June) will be Tamara Beckwith, Jenny Jules and Su Pollard.

Tamara Beckwith is the LA Editor for OK! magazine and a columnist for the Sunday Express; as well as writing her career includes working as a guest presenter on programmes including The Big Breakfast, This Morning and MTV.

Jenny Jules impressive acting career includes appearances in plays by a range of highly respected theatre companies including Tricycle Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Birmingham Rep; her TV credits include Doctors, three series of Kavanagh QC, Prime Suspect and Desmonds.

Probably best known for her role as the downtrodden chalet maid Peggy in nine series of Hi-De-Hi, Su Pollard has enjoyed success in a variety of other television comedies; she is also an accomplished musical theatre actress and was last seen at the Swan in September 2001 in The Pirates of Penzance.

June 4, 2003: SuOnline - Website Redesign
SuOnline - RedesignWe hope you are enjoying the, ongoing, redevelopment of SuOnline.

Thanks to everyone who has contacted us with positive feedback, it is all very much appreciated and most welcome.

The redesign will continue throughout the forthcoming weeks and months. Still to come is the revamp of the, very popular, 'Episode Guides' section, The Pirates Of Penzance, Television section, and much more. There may even be a surprise or two along the way.

We hope to have all changes in place in time for SuOnline's third anniversary in September.

The latest changes can be browsed at the 'Annie section', 'The Collection', 'Su's Webletter', and 'Su's Snippets'.

Stay tuned for more exciting changes, plus regular Su News updates, and messages from Su herself in "Su's Snippets".

June 4, 2003: Win a signed 'Hi-De-Hi!' cast picture
Hi-De-Hi! - signed picWin a Hi-De-Hi! original cast picture signed, at the Stars Reunited recording, by Ruth Madoc, Paul Shane, Barry Howard, Nikki Kelly and, of course, Su.

For the chance to win this great piece of Hi-De-Hi! memoribilia, simply answer this:

Q. Including the pilot, how many episodes were made of Hi-De-Hi!?

Please send your answers to webmaster@supollard.org - The competition closes on Sunday 15th June, and the winner will be notified, via email, soon after.

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