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.Merry Christmas from SuOnline
Monday 20th December, 2010 Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas to all our visitors... This is our final update of what's been a very busy year. Thanks to everyone who got in touch and sent us news for the site over the last 12 months. All the very best from us and Su... Have a wonderful Christmas. See you all in 2011!

.Annie 2010/11: Christmas in Leicester
Monday 20th December, 2010 Theatre
It's been a hectic, but fun, tour for Su and the Annie cast and crew over the past five months, but from today they are snug and festively tucked up in Leicester for a two week Christmas mini-season at De Montfort Hall. The first show is at 7.30pm tonight.

There will be numerous matinees during the run, though no performances on Christmas Day. View further information about the De Montfort Hall, Leicester, book tickets online and browse show times and location details at the theatre's website,

Monday 20th December - Friday 31st December • De Montfort Hall, Leicester
www.demontforthall.co.uk [ Box Office: 0116 233 3111 ]
De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester LE1 7RU
.Su on Christmas TV: Benidorm
Monday 20th December, 2010 Television
Benidorm : ITV1 - Boxing Day : 9.00pm
Benidorm : ITV1 - Monday 27th December : 11.15pm
(Selected regions only for this airing)
Benidorm : ITV2 - Tuesday 28th December : 10.00pm
Benidorm : ITV1 - Wednesday 29th December : 10.40pm
(Scotland only)
Benidorm : ITV2 - New Year's Eve : 9.00pm
(followed by rerun of complete first series)
Christmas Special. One-off festive episode. There may be plenty of sun, sangria and Santa, but for Madge it does not look like being a happy Christmas as the Garveys come to stay. With Mel stuck in Marrakech, she has to organise the Benidorm Palace's festive spectacular - and the show's female star has gone missing. Donald and Jacqueline check in at the Solana with some intriguing friends, and it appears Noreen's male travel companion is more than he appears. Su Pollard, Louie Spence and Brian Murphy guest star, with Sheila Reid, Siobhan Finneran, Tim Healy, Steve Pemberton, Janine Duvitski and Elsie Kelly.

• Also showing on BFBS TV on 27th December. View details at www.bfbs.com, here.

.Sink The Pink: Our Queen Su Pollard!
Monday 20th December, 2010 Interview
A great fun audio interview to round off 2010: Glyn and Amy pinch themselves as they meet their hero Su Pollard and share 3 bottles of pinot and the campest Sunday afternoon of their lives!

.Benidorm 2010 Christmas Special DVD
Monday 20th December, 2010 Releases
It's still almost a week until it airs, on Boxing Day, but numerous online vendors are already advertising the DVD release of the Benidorm 2010 Christmas Special.

The DVD is released on 10th January 2011 and includes a 'Making Of' feature, deleted scenes and a photo gallery. [NB: The artwork to the right may not be the final version)

It's Christmas on the Costa Blanca and where better to spend it than in Benidorm with some of The Solana's best loved regulars and some very special guests...

There's plenty of tinsel and turkey, but not much peace and goodwill in Benidorm when the Garveys arrive to spend Christmas with Mel and Madge in their luxury hilltop villa. Mel is on business in Marrakech so Madge takes charge of the Benidorm Palace Christmas Spectacular, but talent management was never her strong point and she's not helped by handyman Les (Tim Healy) failing to pick up star act Su Pollard from the airport.

When Donald and Jacqueline arrive with a group of 'close personal friends' including king of the swingers Marvin (Louie Spence) and Noreen brings along a new admirer, Michael is left wondering if he'll get his promised white Christmas after all.
.Leicester Mercury: What's On: From Carols To Comedy
Monday 20th December, 2010 Press Clips
ANNIE (Monday until December 31)
De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester

Stalwart of musicals, Su Pollard is as mad as a box of frogs, and she doesn't care who knows it.

Her comedic career is probably best defined by character, Peggy Ollerenshaw, the ditsy chambermaid in camp comedy Hi de Hi!, but over the Christmas period, she'll be starring as Miss Hannigan in De Montfort Hall's festive production of Annie.

It's a heart-warming rags-to-riches story of Annie's adventures, from Miss Hannigan's orphanage to the luxurious home of Oliver Warbucks. And it's got an oh so memorable score, including It's A Hard Knock Life, Easy Street and, of course, the legendary Tomorrow.

Get tickets on 0116 2333111 or: www.demontforthall.co.uk
.More Benidorm Christmas Special Coverage!
Monday 20th December, 2010 Press Clips
Lots more online reports on the Benidorm Christmas Special over the last week.

'The Northern Echo' include it in their "12 Shows Of Christmas" feature,
here. It is also featured at 'Sky.com' here, 'ATV Today' here, the 'Daily Star' here, and 'The Olive Press' here.

Su is also pictured in this years bumper Christmas 'Radio Times' on their Boxing Day listings page, and she receives namechecks in many other Christmas TV guides in their respective Benidorm reports/features.

.Annie 2010/11: Rave Reviews For Su!
Tuesday 14th December, 2010 Theatre
The 2010 UK tour of Annie has been a big success. This is the fourth time Su has played Miss Hannigan and she has received excellent reviews on each tour but the response over the last few months has been astounding, with Su receiving some of the best reviews of her career.

Su Pollard is a scream as sex-starved drunk Miss Hannigan, the orphanage mistress who hates Annie and joins in with brother Rooster’s evil plans. All nervous energy, comedy legs and big voice. Wirral News

However the star of the show without a doubt is Su Pollard. She enters the stage in flurry of energy that although hysterical and full of classic “Su” moments is also poignant and endearing. Seen Magazine

Now if ever there was someone born to play a particular role, it was evident on stage here. Su Pollard, of Hi-de-Hi fame, was absolutely fantastic. County Times

An unqualified blast was Su Pollard in the role of cruel orphanage boss Miss Hannigan. Yorkshire Evening Post

Annie’s nemesis is gin-soaked Miss Hannigan, played with perfect vaudeville-style comic timing by Su Pollard. Stumbling across the stage and belting out Easy Street and Little Girls with a voice as big as Ethel Merman’s, she was a delight. Bradford Telegraph & Argus

.Leicester Mercury: Su Pollard in Annie at De Montfort Hall
Saturday 11th December, 2010 Interview
A new interview with Su, from Thursday's 'Leicester Mercury'. Annie plays a two week Christmas residency at De Montfort Hall, Leicester from 20th December.

Su Pollard is writing her Christmas cards amid a brief break in the tour of hit musical Annie, in which she plays drunk, man-eating, orphanage boss Miss Hannigan.

Even at home, she's dressed to the nines in leopard skin peaked cap and matching shoes, pink T-shirt set with diamante, combination of red beads, pearl necklace and Union Jack necklace.

Then there's the gold brocade pink waistcoat, blue shorts and blue and pink socks.

"Just my usual understated look," she laughs. "I do wonder if I'll come back as a twinset and pearls girl, but I doubt it!"

Interviewing Su is becoming something of a regular event, but it's always a pleasure.

It can often feel like actors and celebrities are going through the interview motions to publicise the show in which they are appearing, but Su is always brimming with enthusiasm.

"It's great to be doing a show at Christmas in which part of the set is a 60ft Christmas tree."

• Read the full interview at the 'Leicester Mercury' website,
.Lewis Mason Live: Su Pollard Interview
Thursday 9th December, 2010 Interview
Su was recently interviewed by Lewis Mason for the 'Lewis Mason Live' blog.

I caught up with actress, singer and comedienne Su Pollard as she prepared to play the role of Miss Hannigan in the classic musical of Annie at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking.

• Go here to listen to the audio interview at 'Lewis Mason Live'.

.Su @ Christmas 2010: Annie: The World's Best Loved Christmas Musical!
Thursday 9th December, 2010 Theatre
As previously mentioned, Su is not in panto this year... Annie plays De Montfort Hall, Leicester, from 20th until 31st December with just a break on Christmas Day. That's 17 shows in total, including nine matinees through the season. Please visit the De Montfort Hall website, here, for full details, performance days and times, and booking info. You can view their current e-brochure here, and click below for a quick look at all the details.

.Benidorm Christmas Special Coverage!
Thursday 9th December, 2010 Press Clips
Numerous websites are now reporting on the forthcoming Benidorm Christmas Special, including 'Tiger Aspect Productions', here, 'The Globe Herald', 'TV Throng', here and 'The British Comedy Guide', here.

Look out for more online reports, as well as coverage in the Christmas TV listings magazines going on sale very soon.
.My Nottingham: Su Pollard Backs The Bid
Thursday 9th December, 2010 Press Clips
Local star of stage and screen Su Pollard has backed Nottingham's World Cup bid.

The Nottingham-born actress, who shot to fame with her performance in TV's sitcom Hi-De-Hi and is currently touring with stage show Annie, said that "every single person in Nottingham should back the bid."

Su joins a growing list of local celebrities who have backed the bid and urged others to do so, including fashion designer Paul Smith, boxing champ Carl Froch, Ashes hero Graeme Swann and golf star Lee Westwood.

She said: "I left Nottingham 36 years ago but my roots are there and I always feel very proud whenever I go back. There's lots of regeneration going on and this bid can only enhance what Nottingham has already done for itself.

"I think the bid's an absolutely brilliant idea and Nottingham is a fabulous place which deserves to host World Cup games."

• Visit the 'My Nottingham' website,
.Maplins Vs Eggheads
Thursday 9th December, 2010 Television
The long awaited Hi-de-Hi! themed edition of Eggheads has been scheduled for Monday 13th December at 6pm on BBC 2.

The Maplin's team taking on the reigning quiz champions consists of Jimmy Perry OBE, Paul Shane, Jeffrey Holland, Barry Howard and Nikki Kelly.