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 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 NEWS:
.Annie 2014: Commercial Photos
Monday 24th February, 2014 • Thanks to Mark Whitney  
A couple of photos taken during the making of the new commercial to promote Annie in New Zealand. Please click on these to view larger versions. (Photos 2014 Annie)

.Su Newsy Bits & Pieces!
Monday 24th February, 2014  
Wellington Scoop: Does your dog want to be a star? Dog auditions for ‘Annie’ next month - Continue reading...

The New Zealand Herald: Want to be Annie? The line starts here ...: A new article on the auditions for Annie 2014 -
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Annie Official: Visit the Official Website for Annie in Australia 2014
here...

Annie Ad: The new promo commercial for Annie in New Zealand.

.Su on TV: Pointless Celebrities
Monday 24th February, 2014  
The edition of Pointless Celebrities Su filmed in October 2012, alongside Jeffrey Holland, which originally aired in August 2013, is being repeated next weekend on BBC1. The sitcom special also features duos from Red Dwarf, Mrs Brown's Boys and Bread.

The programme will be available to UK viewers online at BBC iPlayer post broadcast.

Pointless Celebrities: BBC1: Sunday 2nd March: 5.15pm
Alexander Armstrong and co-host Richard Osman present a special sitcom-themed edition of the quiz that tests the depths of your general knowledge, as celebrities try to come up with the answers that nobody else could think of. Featuring Craig Charles and Danny John-Jules, Brendan O'Carroll and Jennifer Gibney, Su Pollard and Jeffrey Holland and Jean Boht and Nick Conway.

.Su on TV: Little Robots
Tuesday 11th February, 2014  
Little Robots: CBeebies: Wednesday 19th February: 8.00am
Swings and Roundabouts. Stop-frame animation about Tiny and his Little Robot friends, who create their own world from the scrapheap on which they find themselves abandoned. Scary wants the other Little Robots to make things fun for him for a change but gets frustrated when they build a fence round what they're building so he can't see. Starring: Emma Chambers, Martin Clunes, Lenny Henry, Su Pollard.

.Su Online News Archive: December 2013
Tuesday 11th February, 2014  
Su news for December/Christmas 2013 has now been archived. Visit our News Archive here.

.Su Newsy Bits & Pieces!
Friday 17th January, 2014  
A little present for Su Pollard!: Charlotte Thomson Art & Illustration posted this wonderful Su/Peggy art at Facebook at the beginning of the year. It was also featured in Leftlion. Please click here to view at Facebook... (Thanks to Charlotte Thomson Art & Illustration and Ray Sears)

Nottingham Post: 'It was a blast' – panto star signs Hoff!: David Hasselhoff said a fond farewell to Nottingham yesterday with a series of Twitter messages. The star appeared in Peter Pan at the city's Theatre Royal for the final time yesterday after starting the run on December 7. In a series of messages, Hasselhoff paid tribute to his co-stars, Barney Harwood and Nottingham's own Su Pollard, saying: "Goodbye to Su.. It was a blast ...you are one fantastic thespian!" -
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Burton Mail: REVIEW: Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure by Mellow Dramatics: The programme carries a message to Burton theatregoers from Mellows’ president Su Pollard, who appeared this panto season at Theatre Royal, Nottingham as Mimi the Magical Mermaid in another version of Peter Pan -
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It's in Nottingham: Festive displays give window into shopping in Nottingham -
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Su in Nottingham: While in Nottingham for six weeks with Peter Pan Su was spotted and pictured on Twitter numerous times. Here's is one of Su Online's favourites: Su Pollard has been bowled over by our Superstars in Maid Marian -
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.Nottingham Post: Theatre Honours Panto Stars
Saturday 11th January, 2014  
To mark the Theatre Royal's best-selling pantomime ever, Peter Pan stars David Hasselhoff and Barney Harwood have been awarded seat dedications in the auditorium alongside their co-star, Nottingham actress Su Pollard.

Su was awarded the theatre's very first "name a seat" plaque in June 2008.

Her seat, J17 in the stalls, bears a brass plaque engraved with the inscription "Su Pollard Queen of the Midlands!. She said: "I just think it's the most beautiful thing because at least it means that you're going to be in the annals of time for years and years. I was greatly honoured, of course, with it being my home town as well, which is so lovely."

• Continue reading at the
Nottingham Post. There's also further info on this at the Theatre Royal's Facebook page. (Thanks to Mark Whitney)
.Peter Pan 2013: Final Weekend
Saturday 11th January, 2014  
It's the final weekend of Peter Pan at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, with the last performances taking place today at 2.30pm and 7.15pm, and tomorrow at 1.30pm and 6.00pm.

It's been the theatre's most successful panto to date and an incredibly busy and successful time for Su. We hope you've enjoyed all the panto related news and updates posted here over the last six weeks.Sending best wishes to Su, David and Barney for tomorrow's shows.

.Nottingham Post: Review: 'Relaxed' Peter Pan, Theatre Royal
Friday 10th January, 2014  
The Theatre Royal’s ‘relaxed’ panto has been dubbed as a great success for people with disabilities around Nottingham.

Stars of the show David Hasselhoff and Su Pollard were just two of the cast that performed a special edited version of this year’s Peter Pan.

The performance was put on for people with a range of disabilities, including autism.

“The show went really well and we’re really pleased with how it all turned out,” says Caroline Pope, the theatre’s education officer.

• Continue reading at the
Nottingham Post.
.Nottingham Post: Su Pollard Chats To The Post
Friday 10th January, 2014  
A short interview clip of Su chatting to the Nottingham Post.

.Su & Mark in Nottingham
Friday 10th January, 2014  
Su with Mark Whitney in Nottingham after a performance of Peter Pan. Please click on the photos to view larger versions. (Thanks to Mark for the photos)

.Su, Ben & Luke in Nottingham
Friday 10th January, 2014  
Ben and Luke went to see Peter Pan again and met Su. Please click on the photos to view larger versions. (Thanks to Ben for the photos)

.BBC Radio Nottingham: John Holmes / Su Interview
Wednesday 8th January, 2014  
Su guested on John Holmes Show on 'BBC Radio Nottingham' on Sunday morning, choosing her favourite songs and discussing her career and home town in a pre-recorded interview at the Theatre Royal.

Su's interview begins at approximately 1hr 19m into the show and is available to listen to at BBC iPlayer until Sunday. Listen
here.
.Su & The Hoff Party in Nottingham
Wednesday 8th January, 2014 • Thanks to Mark Whitney  
Great photos tweeted by David Hasselhoff on New Year's Eve. Please click on these to view larger versions. (Photos David Hasselhoff)

.BBC Radio Derby: Andy Potter Show / Su Interview
Wednesday 8th January, 2014  
Su's pre-Christmas interview on the Andy Potter Show on 'BBC Radio Derby' is now available as a standalone clip at BBC iPlayer.

Su chats panto, David Hasselhoff, past Christmases, Shakespeare, future plans and more. Listen
here.
.Nottingham Post: Everyone Calm Down For 'Relaxed' Hoff & Co
Wednesday 8th January, 2014  
The words relaxed and Su Pollard don't usually sit together comfortably but the hyperactive Nottingham actress will be joining superstar David Hasseloff and the rest of the Peter Pan cast for a special "calm" performance of the Theatre Royal panto.

Tomorrow's Peter Pan: Relaxed matinee is for people with a wide range of disabilities, including autism.

"Many of them will never have been to the theatre before, especially to a panto, because it can be crazy and a little in your face," says the theatre's education officer, Caroline Pope.

• Continue reading at the
Nottingham Post.
.Su on TV: Gimme Gimme Gimme
Wednesday 8th January, 2014  
Gimme Gimme Gimme: GOLD: Friday 17th January: 11.15pm
Gimme Gimme Gimme: GOLD: Saturday 18th January: 1.35am

Singing in the Drain. Series 3, episode 5. Kathy Burke in the in-your-face comedy with the hapless flatmates with every personality flaw going. Linda finally realises her ambition to become a model. Starring: Kathy Burke, James Dreyfus, Brian Bovell, Beth Goddard, Su Pollard and Jonathan Harvey. Also airing on GOLD +1.
.The Dominion Post: A Mean Mrs Hannigan - And Loving It
Monday 6th January, 2014  
Never work with children or animals.

It's an old acting adage that Su Pollard is acutely aware of, yet more than happy to ignore despite playing second- fiddle to both in stage musical Annie.

She plays one of the villains of the piece, Miss Hannigan, an orphanage matron, who prefers alcoholic beverages to the children (like the eponymous mop-haired poppet) she is charged with.

And yet rather than being like her character - bitter - Su Pollard's enthusiasm is infectious. It's certainly hard not to be upbeat after speaking to the still bubbly 64-year-old, whether it is on the topic of getting into character, her beloved Nottingham Forest (who she hopes will be celebrating promotion to the Premier League in 2014), or earlier visits to New Zealand.

• Continue reading at
The Dominion Post. (Photo The Dominion Post)
.Newark Advertiser: Mermaid Role Marks Su’s 40th Anniversary
Monday 6th January, 2014  
Television and stage favourite Su Pollard is marking her 40th anniversary in showbusiness by performing in the panto, Peter Pan, in her home city. Su, who was born in Nottingham, plays Mimi The Magical Mermaid at the Theatre Royal, alongside David Hasselhoff as Captain Hook and Barney Harwood as Peter Pan until January 12.

Su, pictured right, said: “I could not have wished for a better place to perform to mark my milestone. Nottingham has a special place in my heart because this is where my career began.

“I started acting at the Arts Theatre before making my television debut on Opportunity Knocks, coming second to a singing Jack Russell dog.”

Su became a household name after winning the role of chalet maid Peggy Ollerenshaw in Hi-de-Hi! She also starred in You Rang, M’Lord? and Oh, Doctor Beeching!

• Continue reading at the
Newark Advertiser.
.Nottingham Post: Nottingham Icon, Su Pollard, Reflects On 40 Years In Show Business
Monday 6th January, 2014  
She's a national treasure, our Su. Her career, spanning 40 years, has embraced TV comedy, Shakespeare, panto and the West End and is as colourful as the look she's rocking today – a red floral headband and fluorescent pink leg warmers. The Nottingham-born entertainer was just six when she first realised she could make an audience laugh at Berridge Infant School in Hyson Green.

She might have been playing a mere 'assistant' to Angel Gabriel in the nativity but Su made a lasting impression after falling through the lid of a cardboard box she was standing on.

"It hadn't been stuck down properly and my feet went through the box – I was a bit upset but, of course, the audience were killing themselves laughing," she recalls.

• Continue reading at the
Nottingham Post.
.The Independent: The Hoff, Hooked!
Monday 6th January, 2014  
Backstage with David Hasselhoff and the panto brigade

Booing and hissing ex-soap stars and Eighties musicians has become an integral, if confusing, part of the Christmas tradition in the UK. As a kid, I remember pulling at my mum's ski-pants to ask who Sinitta was and why everyone was so excited to see her perform next to Cannon and Ball (it was always Cannon and Ball).

It may seem – thanks to certain castings – like an anachronism, but pantomime is as popular as ever before, with market leaders Qdos (a pantomime production company hosting 24 shows this year) anticipating 1.5 million people shouting "He's behind you" this season.

So why do we still love panto? Is it to do with pulling up the drawbridge on modernity, throwing away the PC handbook and stripping everything back to bawdy basics? To find out, I went along to the rehearsal of this year's production of Peter Pan at Nottingham's Theatre Royal, starring David Hasselhoff as Hook, Su Pollard as Mimi the Magical Mermaid and CBeebies presenter Barney Harwood as Peter.

• Continue reading at
The Independent.

.Su on TV: You Have Been Watching... David Croft/Blackpool Big Night Out
Monday 6th January, 2014  
As well as Benidorm and Gimme Gimme Gimme, Su also popped up on TV over Christmas in repeats of You Have Been Watching... David Croft and Blackpool Big Night Out. The latter is available at 'BBC iPlayer' until Sunday. Click below to watch.

.Peter Pan: Newsy Bits & Pieces!
Monday 6th January, 2014  
Scott Bird Online: Peter Pan Review: According to the Guinness Book of World Records, David Hasselhoff is the most-watched TV personality of all time. According to audiences at the Theatre Royal, he's perhaps the most popular panto star yet to tread the boards! Qdos Pantomimes present a sparkling production of J.M. Barrie's much loved classic - the non traditional pantomime that in recent years has risen in audience popularity and with CBBC's Barney Harwood and TV Goddess Su Pollard also on board, what is there not to love? - Continue reading...

Retford Times: Tree-mendous gift for stars: Leading cast members of this year's Nottingham Theatre Royal pantomime have been touched by the magic of Sherwood Forest! Children's TV favourite Barney Harwood (Peter Pan), international icon David Hasselhoff (Captain Hook) and home-grown star Su Pollard (Mimi the Magical Mermaid) are headlining the production of Peter Pan at The Theatre Royal in Nottingham this festive and New Year season - Continue reading...

Pam Reader: Review of Peter Pan at the Nottingham Theatre Royal: I love Peter Pan by J M Barrie, it's one of my favourite stories from childhood. I have to admit that when I saw the opening set of Peter Pan at the Theatre Royal Nottingham my heart did give a little leap of joy. The moment The children go to bed to sleep is perfect, right down to the dog, the arrival of Peter Pan (a flying masterclass from Barney Harwood) and the twinkling light of Tinkerbell flickering in the doll's house windows during a game of hide and seek with Peter -
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Ripley & Heanor News: Still plenty of family fun to be enjoyed: There is still time to catch some of the professional pantomime productions running in the area... Last, by certainly not least, is Peter Pan, which features an all-star cast at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal -
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Melton Times: Try a Christmas show cracker: The stars are out at Nottingham Theatre Royal with David Hasselhoff, Su Pollard and Barney Harwood (Blue Peter) in Peter Pan until January 12. Tickets on (0115) 989 5555 or www.trch.co.uk - Continue reading...

.Happy New Year
Monday 6th January, 2014  
Happy New Year to all our readers. Wishing you a great 2014!

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