Archive for July, 2018

Su on TV: Hi-de-Hi! on GOLD (Series 1&2)

July 30th, 2018

gold18aMore Hi-de-Hi! on GOLD this week, with episodes from Series 1 and 2, which originally aired in March/April/November 1981. Aside from Monday the episodes are only airing once daily for the rest of the week.

Please click on the cast photos below for our Episode Guide. (Photos © BBC)

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Monday 30th July: 1.10pm/6.30pm
The Partridge Season. (Series 1, Episode 3). Mr. Partridge goes on one of his seasonal “benders” which results in him locking his chalet door and refusing to come out. Unable to sober him up Jeffrey is forced to perform the Punch & Judy show.

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Tuesday 31st July: 1pm
The Day Of Reckoning. (Series 1, Episode 4). Fred Quilly thinks that the racing mobster Big Mac from Brighton has tracked him down to Maplin’s Holiday Camp,  the staff are on their toes to prevent Big Mac from taking his revenge.

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Wednesday 1st August: 1.15pm
Charity Begins At Home. (Series 1, Episode 5). Ted gets the Yellowcoats involved in his latest fiddle – the Campers Amenity Fund,  meanwhile Jeffrey comes across two old people who are suffering from a case of very bad luck.


Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Thursday 2nd August: 1.20pm
No Dogs Allowed. (Series 1, Episode 6). Jeffrey is left with a large dog to look after. All pets being banned from Maplin’s he has to break in and try to keep it secretly in his chalet.

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Friday 3rd August: 1.20pm
If Wet – In The Ballroom. (Series 2, Episode 1). The staff are at their wits’ end trying to amuse the campers. Rain has been tumbling down for days and they have practically exhausted their repertoire of indoor amusements.

Edinburgh Festivals Magazine: Su Pollard Interview

July 27th, 2018

edfestmag18aSu Pollard “It’s so nice to still bring pleasure to people”

National treasure Su Pollard turns her comic eye to a serious story about mental health struggles in new play Harpy.

“Hello this is Miss Su, how are you?” goes Su Pollard’s breezy, disarming introduction, setting the tone for an encounter that’s all jollity, candour, and lust-for-life zip.

If audiences at the actress/singer/comedian’s Fringe production get even half of her energy and engagement, they’ll be laughing.

They will, too, it seems, be thoroughly moved. Harpy is a one-woman drama in which Pollard – best known for towering Eighties sitcom Hi-De-Hi! but recently sprinkling fairy dust on TV all over again in comedy reality show Last Laugh In Vegas – plays a troubled soul named Birdie. She’s a woman derided by her neighbours as a harridan and weirdo whose obsessive hoarding is evidence of there-goes-the-neighbourhood anti-social behaviour and madness. The truth, of course, is more powerful and nuanced than that.

• Continue reading at the Edinburgh Festivals Magazine. (Photo © Karla Gowlett)


The Edinburgh Fringe: The Standard Issue

July 27th, 2018

standardissue18aOn the only day Harpy isn’t playing at The Edinburgh Fringe – Monday 13th August – Su is appearing in ANOTHER show… Sarah Millican’s! – In Conversation with The Standard Issue.

What’s that, our Sarah Millican’s only show at the Edinburgh Fringe this year is alongside Luisa Omielan, Su Pollard and Janeane Garofalo? Of course it is!

In Conversation with Standard Issue
August 13, 2018: The Stand, Edinburgh

Join Standard Issue Podcast – the smart and witty women’s magazine for your ears – as it hosts a panel of brilliant women from the world of comedy and media including Sarah Millican, Janeane Garofalo, Su Pollard and Luisa Omielan in conversation about funnies, feminism and more.

• Further info and ticket details here.

The Big Issue: Su Pollard is Still on a Hi-de-Hi!

July 27th, 2018

bigissue18aIn our Summer Comedy Special, the biggest comedy legends of old share their favourite gags and funny stories

After years in working men’s clubs, Su Pollard’s big break came playing Peggy, the chalet maid who really wanted to be a Yellowcoat, in BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi! She has rarely been off TV or stage since…

Su says: “I must have been about five when I was first on stage in a school play. I really enjoyed the feeling of being able to convey something across to an audience. I enjoyed the fact that they enjoyed it. I still get that feeling today and there is nothing better. I think that’s why some people want to carry on working when they’re 90. If you’re passionate about performing, it’s the one thing that nothing else matches.”

• Continue reading at The Big Issue.

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Su on TV: Top Of The Pops

July 27th, 2018

Top Of The Pops: BBC4: Friday 3rd August: 7.30pm
Top Of The Pops: BBC4: Saturday 4th August: 0.20am/11.55pm
1986. Gary Davies and Steve Wright present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 13 February 1986. Featuring Belouis Some, Whitney Houston, Su Pollard, Shakin’ Stevens and Billy Ocean.

Su on TV: You Rang, M’Lord? on GOLD

July 27th, 2018

You Rang, M’Lord?: GOLD: Saturday 28th July: 10.10am
You Rang, M’Lord?: GOLD: Sunday 29th July: 7.30am
Pilot. (Series 1, Episode 1). The casts of Hi-De-Hi! and It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum intermingle in the first episode of the chucklesome sitcom with butlers galore, written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. London, 1927: Alf Stokes and his daughter Ivy are given the boot from their jobs on the music halls. Alf decides that he has no option but to go back into service as a butler. When he arrives at the residence of Lord Meldrum some familiar faces await him. Starring: Paul Shane, Su Pollard, Jeffrey Holland, Donald Hewlett.

You Rang, M’Lord?: GOLD: Saturday 28th July: 11.15am
You Rang, M’Lord?: GOLD: Sunday 29th July: 8.25am
The Phantom Signwriter. (Series 1, Episode 2). Alf and Ivy are settled into their new jobs but things soon start to hot up when Sir Ralph suspects that his wife is having an affair. Lord Meldrum’s car is vandalised – someone has daubed ‘fornicator’ on the side which causes panic when the Bishop wants to use the vehicle.

The Stage/BBC: BBC at The Edinburgh Festival 2018

July 25th, 2018

stage18aThe Stage: BBC reveals TV and radio coverage plans for Edinburgh festivals: The BBC has announced its Edinburgh Festivals coverage and activity – Highlights from the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will be shown on BBC1, while artists including Maureen Lipman, Su Pollard, Frank Skinner and Lost Voice Guy will feature on BBC Breakfast with Charlie Stayt on August 3 – Continue reading at The Stage…

BBC Media Centre: BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals 2018: Top comedy, arts, writing and music – as well as showcases for new fresh talent – will be at the heart of the BBC’s Edinburgh Festivals coverage in 2018 across TV, radio and online – Continue reading at BBC Media Centre…

Su on TV: BBC Breakfast at The Fringe

July 25th, 2018

BBC Breakfast: BBC1: Friday 3rd August: 6am
BBC Breakfast comes live from the heart of the festival on August 3 with Charlie Stayt hosting big name interviews and live performances with Festival talent including Maureen Lipman, Su Pollard, Frank Skinner and Lost Voice Guy.

Harpy: Previews This Week

July 23rd, 2018

harpy18iThe first of Su’s two Harpy previews takes place this Thursday at Museum Of Comedy, London. The other preview is on Sunday at the same venue.

Harpy opens at the Edinburgh Fringe on 2nd August.

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.

Birdie’s a hoarder. The neighbours call her a harridan and a harpy, although most have never even met her. They see her hoard as a hazard for house prices. But it isn’t rubbish. It’s her life’s work and it exists because years ago something deeply cherished was stolen, and Birdie’s not been able to give up anything since. She’ll do anything to get this priceless thing back. Anything at all. A razor-sharp drama from Fringe First award winner Philip Meeks (Kiss Me Honey, Honey!), directed by Hannah Chissick and starring national treasure Su Pollard in her Edinburgh Fringe debut.

• Further info/Book tickets for the Edinburgh shows here.

Su on TV: Hi-de-Hi! on GOLD (Series 9, Pilot, Series 1)

July 23rd, 2018

gold18aThe final two episodes of Hi-de-Hi! air this week on GOLD, on Monday and Tuesday. These originally were shown on BBC1 back in January 1988. Fear not though, as from Wednesday GOLD are going right back to the beginning, starting with the Pilot of Hi-de-Hi!

Please click on the cast photos below for our Episode Guide. (Photos © BBC)

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Monday 23rd July: 1.05pm/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!: GOLD: Tuesday 24th July: 1.10pm/5.55pm
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.


Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Wednesday 25th July: 1pm/5.50pm
Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Saturday 28th July: 2.15pm
Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Sunday 29th July: 10.55am
Hi-de-Hi! (Pilot Episode). The year: 1959. The place: Maplin’s Holiday Camp. The staff assemble for the new season to find an ex-university professor in charge of the entertainments.

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Thursday 26th July: 1.20pm/6pm
Desire in the Mickey Mouse Grotto. (Series 1, Episode 1). When Ted Bovis arranges a secret meeting with an attractive young girl camper their romantic intentions are cut short by the arrival of security. In an attempt to avoid capture they unwittingly set suspicions on Jeffrey Fairbrother.

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Friday 27th July: 12.45pm/5.45pm
The Beauty Queen Affair. (Series 1, Episode 2). A beauty contest at Maplin’s brings forth an offer to fix the contest for Jeffrey Fairbrother whilst Ted is indulging in a few fiddles of his own.

Budapest Business Journal: You Rang, M’Lord? in Hungary

July 20th, 2018

yrmh18bHungarian fans pool cash to meet stars of ʼYou Rang, M’Lord?ʼ

More than 800 fans have collected HUF 7.118 million to finance the expenses of a meeting with stars of the popular 1990s BBC TV sitcom “You Rang M’Lord?” in Budapest on September 22.

The amount raised by the Hungarian fans has exceeded even the wildest expectations, but attendance will only be open for those who have contributed to the event’s organization, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

Thanks to the efforts of the entirely crowd-funded event’s coordinators, a number of the show’s stars will take part. Cast members Susie Brann, Catherine Rabett, Amanda Bellamy, Michael Knowles, Jeffrey Holland, Perry Benson, and Su Pollard are all expected to visit Hungary this fall, the press release says.

“It is incredible to see the strength of this community, and that there are fans all over the country. We have collected more than twice as much as needed, and we received lots of other kinds of help as well,” said András Szijj, one of the coordinators.

• Continue reading at Budapest Business Journal. (Photo © BBC)


Su at The Fringe: Harpy Newsy Bits & Pieces!

July 20th, 2018

harpy18eThe List: I’m a celebrity . . . get me in the Fringe!: The festival is a place where youthful ambitions are realised or thwarted. It’s also somewhere that many famous faces come to see what all the fuss is about – Su Pollard: Best known for Peggy Ollerenshaw, the easy-led and thoroughly daft wannabe Yellowcoat in 80s BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, she also stormed the hit parade in 1986 reaching number two with ‘Starting Together’. In her Edinburgh debut, she plays hoarder Birdie who keeps stuff for a very good reason – Continue reading at The List…

Go Out Edinburgh: What’s On In Edinburgh: Renowned for its year-round events calendar, Edinburgh plays host to many festivals, arts, concerts, sports, food and drink, and cultural events of all types to ensure that you’re never bored: Harpy: 2 – 26 Aug 2018 – A razor‐sharp drama from Fringe First award‐winner Philip Meeks Harpy is directed by Hannah Chissick and stars national treasure Su Pollard in her Edinburgh Fringe debut – Continue reading at Go Out Edinburgh…

Harpy – Su Interviews: Read recent interiews with Su, discussing Harpy and debuting at the Edinburgh Fringe at West End Wilma and Rev Stan’s Theatre Blog.

Harpy @ Su Online: Browse all of our Harpy news here… (Photo © Karla Gowlett)

Rev Stan’s Theatre Blog: Su Pollard Interview

July 18th, 2018

revstan18aAnother new interview with Su, discussing Harpy and the forthcoming Edinburgh Fringe, at Rev Stan’s Theatre Blog.

Edinburgh Fringe interview: Su Pollard on her fringe debut and what she wants to see while she’s there 

Su Pollard will be making her Edinburgh Fringe debut starring in Harpy, a play written especially for her by Fringe-first winner Philip Meeks.

In this preview interview, she talks about playing Birdie, a woman ostracised by her neighbours because of her hoarding, embarking on her first fringe and what she wants to see when she isn’t performing.

How does it feel to have a play specially commissioned for you?
When I first met the playwright Philip Meeks about three years ago he said he was going to write something for me. I don’t think either of us thought much more about it until Suzanna Rosenthal suggested it because we knew each other. 

I’ve often been asked to go to Edinburgh but I’ve either been busy with other shows or the right play hasn’t been sent my way. What’s fantastic about this is I’ve been there from the start and Philip’s told me about every stage of his thinking and the writing process.  I feel as if I’ve really helped to create the role.

• Continue reading at Rev Stan’s Theatre Blog.

Theatre Weekly: Pick of The Fringe 2018 (Theatre Part 1)

July 18th, 2018

harpy18eStruggling to choose what to see at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe? We don’t blame you! With thousands to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to start.  Here’s our first pick of the Fringe for Theatre, we’ve chosen these because we know the company behind the show, or we’ve seen a preview, or just have a gut feel it will be good.

1. Harpy at Underbelly Cowgate
Aug 2-12, 14-26

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.

• Continue reading at Theatre Weekly. (Photo © Karla Gowlett)