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The List: Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

June 28th, 2018

harpy18gEdinburgh Festival Fringe 2018: shows we think will sell out fast

From first timers to returning Fringe favourites, here’s the shows from Gilded Balloon, Pleasance, Assembly and Underbelly to book ASAP

It’s that time of year again. We’ve had a halloween, a Christmas, a few apocalyptic storms and the obligatory couple of sunny days – and now we’re back where we started; August and the 71st annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Have you read the programme front to back yet? Drawn clumsy, oversized circles round your ‘must see’ shows? Planned a detailed itinerary? I like your style.

Careful though, because there’s no worse feeling than picking out a show and finding out there’s no tickets left. All gone, to people that were quicker than you. We don’t like to see that happening to our readers, and so have put together a list of shows that – if you want to get a seat for – you should move fast.

Harpy: Written for Su Pollard’s Fringe debut, it’s a razor-sharp drama from Fringe First Award-winner Philip Meeks which explores the growing social issue of hoarding.
Harpy, Underbelly Cowgate, Thu 2–Sun 26 Aug, 4pm.

• Continue reading at The List. (Photo © Karla Gowlett)

Su on TV: Hi-de-Hi! on GOLD (Series 6 & 7)

June 25th, 2018

gold18aFive more episodes of Hi-de-Hi!, which originally aired on BBC1 in November/December 1984 and January 1986, on GOLD this week.

Please click on the cast photo below for our Episode Guide. (Photo © BBC)

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Monday 25th June: 8.40am/12.40pm
Opening Day. (Series 6, Episode 3). The new season opens at Maplins and the entertainments staff head down to the station to meet the first lot of campers of the train.

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Tuesday 26th June: 9am/1.40pm
Off With The Motley. (Series 6, Episode 4). Peggy is promoted to Stores Supervisor. Even with more money and responsibility she yearns to be back among the fun around the pool.

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Wednesday 27th June: 8.55am/1.30pm
Hey Diddle Diddle, Who’s On The Fiddle? (Series 6, Episode 5). Peggy finds a letter from Joe Maplin which seems to indicate that Clive has been given the job of entertainments manager to spy on the rest of the staff. They all have to be careful to conceal their fiddles.

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Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Thursday 28th June: 9am/12.50pm
Raffles. (Series 6, Episode 6). Clive is badly in debt and when some thugs arrive threatening violence if the money is not repaid Clive begins to look at ways of getting money quickly.

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Friday 29th June: 9am/1.40pm
It’s Murder. (Series 7, Episode 2). Mr. Partridge is causing havoc with his drunken antics and has just about upset everyone on the camp, in the meantime he goes missing leaving the staff in chaos.

TV3 Ireland: Last Laugh in Vegas: Showtime

June 25th, 2018

Last Laugh in Vegas – Showtime: TV3: Wednesday 27th June: 10pm
Episode 5. Following eight of the biggest comedy and variety acts from the 60s, 70s and 80s as they travel to Las Vegas for two weeks decades after the magic first began. The showbiz veterans live in a house together as they explore the city and prepare for a one-night-only variety performance at an iconic venue. (Photo © ITV) Click below to browse Su Online’s complete Last Laugh in Vegas News Archive.

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Su on TV: Hi-de-Hi! on GOLD (Series 5 & 6)

June 18th, 2018

gold18aFive more episodes of Hi-de-Hi!, which originally aired on BBC1 in January and November 1984, brightening up the TV schedules on GOLD this week. Times vary – full details below.

Please click on the photo below for our Episode Guide. (Photo © BBC)

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Monday 18th June: 9am/1.20pm
The Graven Image. (Series 5, Episode 5). Joe Maplin orders the unvailing of a statue of himself at the camp. Problems arise when Spike gets very drunk and decides to liven up the statue on the night before the unvailing ceremony.

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Tuesday 19th June: 9.15am/1.35pm
Peggy’s Penfriend. (Series 5, Episode 6). Peggy is excited about a visit from her long-term penfriend. The staff become suspicious of his motives and follow them to the sand dunes.

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Wednesday 20th June: 9.30am/1.55pm
The Epidemic. (Series 5, Episode 7). Chads are breaking out all over the camp, what is worse Joe Maplin is expected at the camp for a lecture with Gilbert Harding. Can the staff stem the flow of chads before he arrives. (NB: This is Simon Cadell’s final episode)

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Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Thursday 21st June: 9.20am/1.40pm
Together Again. (Series 6, Episode 1). It is 1960 – a new season at Maplin’s Holiday Camp is about to commence. The staff arrive by train to prepare the camp for holiday makers.

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Friday 22nd June: 9.40am/2.05pm
Ted At The Helm. (Series 6, Episode 2). Ted thinks he is about to be offered the job as entertainment’s manager when he gets a summons to head office in London. Meanwhile a new face arrives at Maplin’s. (NB: David Griffin makes his debut in this episode)

Su on TV: Hi-de-Hi! on Drama (Series 9)

June 18th, 2018

drama18aThe final two episodes of Hi-de-Hi! on Drama today and tomorrow, which originally aired on BBC1 in January 1988.

Hi-de-Hi!: Drama: Monday 18th June: 1.40pm/6pm
Wedding Bells. (Series 9, Episode 5). It is the day of Clive and Gladys’ wedding. When Clive’s upper crust family get to hear of the marriage they set out to sabotage the service.

Hi-de-Hi!: Drama: Tuesday 19th June: 1.40pm/6pm
The Wind Of Change. (Series 9, Episode 6). As the end of the season at Maplin’s approaches, the staff discuss their plans for the future.

You Rang, M’Lord? on GOLD

June 18th, 2018

You Rang M’Lord? – Series 4, Episodes 3 – 6 – airing on GOLD at 11.40am on Monday, 11.55am/3.25pm on Tuesday, 12.05pm on Wednesday, and 12pm on Thursday!

Theatre Weekly: Edinburgh Preview: Harpy

June 16th, 2018

harpy18eEdinburgh Preview: Harpy at Underbelly Cowgate (White Belly)

A razor-sharp drama from Fringe First award-winner Philip Meeks (Kiss Me Honey, Honey!), Harpy is directed by Hannah Chissick (Mother Courage & Her Children, Southwark Playhouse; The Beautiful Game, NYMT; Flashdance, UK Tour), and stars national treasure Su Pollard in her Edinburgh Fringe debut.

Much loved Su Pollard has a career in showbusiness which has spanned four decades and is best known for her role as Peggy in the BAFTA Award-winning sitcom Hi-de-Hi!. Now, Su comes to the Edinburgh stage, in a play commissioned especially for her, to portray Birdie, a woman with an extreme disorder.

• Continue reading at Theatre Weekly. Browse all of our Harpy news… (Photo © Karla Gowlett)

TV3 Ireland: Last Laugh in Vegas

June 16th, 2018

Last Laugh in Vegas: TV3: Wednesday 20th June: 10pm
Episode 4. Our nine British entertainers have spent over a week rehearsing for their dream gig in the entertainment capital of the world, but with days to go before the big night, a heartbreaking tragedy hits Las Vegas. Saddened and shocked, the performers question whether the show should go on…

Su on TV: Hi-de-Hi! on Drama (Series 8 & 9)

June 11th, 2018

drama18aMore comedy gold on Drama this week with Hi-de-Hi!, in epsiodes which originally aired on BBC1 in December 1987 and January 1988.

Please click on the cast photo below for our Episode Guide. (Photo © BBC)

Hi-de-Hi!: Drama: Monday 11th June: 1.40pm/6pm
Only The Brave. (Series 8, Episode 5). Ted has organised a late night trip to the cinema to see Bambi for April’s birthday, a mix up with the projectionist results in the showing of a war film – A Few Came Back.

Hi-de-Hi!: Drama: Tuesday 12th June: 1.40pm/5.40pm
Tell It To The Marines. (Series 9, Episode 1). In a moment of rash thinking Ted challenges the cocky sergeant of the army display team to a race over an assault course – Maplin’s versus the Army.  The local bookie is doing great business on the outcome so Ted decides to even up the odds with a few fiddles.

Hi-de-Hi!: Drama: Wednesday 13th June: 1.40pm/6pm
Marry-Go-Round. (Series 9, Episode 2). Spike is just not funny anymore and the campers are beginning to complain. Spike reckons it’s because he is worried over his engagement to April so the only solution seems to be a special marriage licence.

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Hi-de-Hi!: Drama: Thursday 14th June: 1.40pm/6pm
The Perils of Peggy. (Series 9, Episode 3). After finally being rejected by Gladys, Clive decides he wants to marry her after all but how does he go about working his way back into her favour?

Hi-de-Hi!: Drama: Friday 15th June: 1.40pm/6pm
Let Them Eat Cake. (Series 9, Episode 4). Ted pushes Alec Foster too far when he asks for a rise in wages and he is sacked, in his place is a new comic who has won Opportunity Knocks.

Su on TV: Hi-de-Hi! on GOLD (Series 4 & 5)

June 11th, 2018

gold18aFive more episodes of Hi-de-Hi!, which originally aired on BBC1 in January 1983/November and December 1983, on GOLD this week.

Please click on the cast photo below for our Episode Guide. (Photo © BBC)

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Monday 11th June: 1.40pm/6.40pm
All Change. (Series 4, Episode 7). Joe Maplin appoints a supervisor of all Yellowcoats who requires a chalet all to herself, which throws the accomodation situation into chaos. She also takes an immediate like to Gladys and demotes her.

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Tuesday 12th June: 1.40pm/6.40pm
Concessions. (Series 5, Episode 1). As Barry and Yvonne dance to Diaghilev, Spike jokes to Pinocchio, Ted contrives to get in with the local council ‘Mr. Big’ to confound Joe Maplin’s plans to expand his empire.

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Wednesday 13th June: 1.40pm/6.40pm
Save Our Heritage. (Series 5, Episode 2). When a local cottage is faced with  with destruction and it’s owner threatened with eviction to make way for an extension to the camp Jeffrey is insensed and rallies the staff into thwarting Joe Maplin’s plans.

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Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Thursday 14th June: 1.40pm/6.40pm
Empty Saddles. (Series 5, Episode 3). Joe Maplin orders that Fred Quilly’s lame horses must be sent to the knackers-yard. It falls upon the entertainment staff to try to save the horses from their fate.

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Friday 15th June: 1.40pm/6.40pm
The Marriage Settlement. (Series 5, Episode 4). Jeffrey agrees to give his wife grounds for divorce which involves him hiring a professional co-respondent and seeking Peggy’s help.

TV3 Ireland: Last Laugh in Vegas

June 11th, 2018

Last Laugh in Vegas: TV3: Wednesday 13th June: 10pm
Episode 3. With just a week to go, the showbiz entertainers continue rehearsals for the biggest performance of their lives, but with nothing going to plan, American producer Frank Marino threatens to pull the show. Comedian Mick Miller tries out his standup routine at a comedy club; Singer Kenny Lynch is struggling to learn a new song for the big night and comedian Bobby Ball, pianist Bobby Crush and singer Su Pollard take time out of rehearsals to try their hand at horse riding with cowboys.

You Rang, M’Lord? on GOLD

June 11th, 2018

You Rang M’Lord? – Series 3, Episodes 5 – 7 and Series 4, Episodes 1 and 2 – airing on GOLD at 11.20am and 5.40pm Monday to Friday this week!

The Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Official Programme Launch

June 6th, 2018

edfringe18bThe Edinburgh Fringe has officially launched its 2018 programme today. It features 3,548 shows – up from 3,398 last year – covering theatre, dance, circus, physical theatre, comedy and music. This is the largest number of shows in the festival’s history. Here is a selection of press with mentions of Su in Harpy:

BBC News: Edinburgh Festival Fringe audiences to ‘leap into unknown’: Singer Jason Donovan, Pussy Riot, Hi-de-Hi! star Su Pollard and broadcaster Esther Rantzen are to appear at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe – Continue reading…

Beyond The Joke: Edinburgh Fringe Officially Launches 2018 Programme: Famous Faces – Fringe debuts come from Hi-de-Hi! star Su Pollard, who stars in solo show Harpy (Underbelly, p.343), the story of a hoarder’s quest to find something stolen from her a long time ago – Continue reading…

The Skinny: Edinburgh Fringe programme 2018 announced: Famous faces heading to Edinburgh – As ever, a plethora of well-known names from the world of film, TV and comedy appear in this year’s Fringe Programme. Cult American comedian and actor Janeane Garofalo will be crossing the pond (Gilded Balloon), while iconic Hi-de-Hi! star Su Pollard comes to Edinburgh with her Fringe debut, solo show Harpy (Underbelly) – Continue reading…

Sunday Post: Audiences urged to ‘leap into the unknown’ at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe: Performers this year include Hi-de-Hi! star Su Pollard, who will be making her Fringe debut, actor and singer Jason Donovan, broadcaster Esther Rantzen, actress Maureen Lipman and Lee Ridley, winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2018 – Continue reading…

STV News: Edinburgh Fringe launches events programme for 2018: There will be more than 3500 shows this year, the largest number in the festival’s history – Continue reading…

See other reports at The Independent, The Scotsman and Chortle. (Photo © Karla Gowlett)

Su on TV: Hi-de-Hi! on Drama (Series 7 & 8)

June 4th, 2018

drama18aMore fun and laughter at Maplins on Drama this week, with the final episode of Hi-de-Hi! from Series Seven, and four from Series Eight. These originally aired on BBC1 in February 1986 and November/December 1986

Please click on the cast photo below for our Episode Guide. (Photo © BBC)

Hi-de-Hi!: Drama: Monday 4th June: 1.40pm/6pm
Man Trap. (Series 7, Episode 7). Gladys and Spike are livid that Joe Maplin has announced their engagement to the press as a publicity stunt, but Clive sees a way of using the situation as an excuse to spurn Gladys’s unwanted attentions.

Hi-de-Hi!: Drama: Tuesday 5th June: 1.40pm/6pm
Pigs Might Fly. (Series 8, Episode 1). Yvonne’s partner Barry has left her and she becomes a recluse in her chalet. Worried about the entertainments programme Gladys takes the initiative and sends for her substitute partner Julian Dalrymple-Sykes. Within hours Yvonne is ready to take the floor again.

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Hi-de-Hi!: Drama: Wednesday 6th June: 1.40pm/6pm
The New Broom. (Series 8, Episode 2). Alec Foster, the new Camp Controller, is causing havoc at Maplin’s. He’s already sacked several staff for incompetence and when his attentions fall on the entertainment staff no one is safe.

Hi-de-Hi!: Drama: Thursday 7th June: 1.40pm/6pm
Orphan of the Storm. (Series 8, Episode 3). Peggy has been sacked by Alec Foster, it seems that none of her friends can help her. Then rescue comes from an unexpected quarter.

Hi-de-Hi!: Drama: Friday 8th June: 1.40pm/6pm
God Bless Our Family. (Series 8, Episode 4). Clive’s family descend on the camp with the intent of trying to persuade him to return to the fold. They bargain without the culture shock of Maplin’s.