Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

Mix 96: Interview with Su Pollard

December 16th, 2017

Listen to a panto themed interview with Su, from Mix 96, by clicking below.


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The Telegraph: Money – Fame and Fortune

December 12th, 2017

telegraph17aSu Pollard: ‘My last Hi-de-Hi royalty cheque was for £11.20′

Actress and singer Su Pollard, 68, came to fame as Peggy Ollerenshaw in Hi-de-Hi!, BBC One’s iconic Eighties comedy. She later starred in You Rang, M’Lord? and Oh, Doctor Beeching! She had a number two hit single, Starting Together, in 1986, and has toured the UK as a singer.

She has performed in many musicals, theatre productions, pantomimes, and has also toured with her own one-woman show. Su lives in London.

How did your childhood influence your work ethic and attitude towards money?

I was taught a good work ethic by both parents. My dad started off in the woodyard, making packing cases for Player’s, the cigarette manufacturers, and worked his way up to become a data processing clerk.

My mother worked part-time at the same factory. She impressed upon my sister and myself that you always do your very best, work as hard as you can, and then hopefully things improve in life.

• Continue reading at The Telegraph (registration required).

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Snow White: Quick Fire Questions From The Wicked Queen

December 12th, 2017

snowwhite17vSu gets set for another Christmas in pantoland with ten festive questions for the Wicked Queen…

1. Tinsel or fairy lights? Fairy lights
2. Real tree or fake tree? Fake tree
3. Turkey or nut roast? Turkey
4. Yule log or mince pie? Mince pie
5. Snowman or snow angel? Snowman
6. Baddie or goodie? Baddie
7. Mulled wine or bucks fizz? Bucks fizz
8. Star or fairy on top of the Christmas tree? Fairy
9. Boxing Day or Xmas Eve? Oooh, that’s really hard! Can I have half of each?
10. Boo! or He’s behind you!? Boo!

And here’s her dressing room castle playlist!

Little Mix, Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, George Michael, Barbara Streisand, Robbie Williams, My Sherona – The Knack, Tiger Feet – Mud, Put A Ring On It - Beyonce

• Many thanks to the Aylebsury Waterside Theatre.

Lorraine: Su Pollard Could Not Face the I’m A Celeb Jungle

December 7th, 2017

Su’s interview with Lorraine on ITV this morning.

Su Pollard is looking forward to playing the Wicked Queen in panto, and reveals that she could never go on I’m A Celeb but admires the people who do.

BBC Radio Oxford: Tim Smith

December 2nd, 2017

bbcoxford14aSu guested on Tim Smith’s BBC Radio Oxford show this morning. Chatting about Snow White, rehearsals, Hi-de-Hi!, her career, Christmas and more.

Tim chats to Su Pollard about being a very very wicked Queen in Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs this Christmas. And to the country’s leading musical satirist – Mitch Benn – heading to Chippy next Thursday.

Beginning with a play of Starting Together, Su’s interview starts at around 1hr 15m into the show and runs for approximately 15 minutes.

• Listen to Su’s interview and the full the show at BBC iPlayer for the next month.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Exclusive Interview

November 5th, 2017

Stars of Aylesbury Waterside Theatre’s magical family pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Su Pollard and Andy Collins discuss the importance of panto.

Mix96: Ben and Nia Chat to Su Pollard

March 22nd, 2017

A new radio interview with Su, which aired on Mix96 yesterday. Su chats panto, being wicked, Hi-de-Hi!, the Waterside Theatre and more. Listen to the full chat, at Audio Boom, by clicking below.


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Su on the Radio: BBC London/Jo Good

March 12th, 2017

bbcrl17aSu guested on Jo Good’s BBC Radio London show on Thursday – Chatting about participating in the forthcoming Vera Lynn Tribute concert, and much more – including, looking good, past adventures with Jo, her one-woman-show and the possible return of Peggy Ollerenshaw.

Su Pollard and The Barking Hour: Actress Su Pollard chats about ‘100: A Tribute To Dame Vera Lynn’.

• Listen to the show at BBC iPlayer for the next month. Su’s interview begins approximately 11 minutes into the show and runs for around 15 minutes.

BBC Radio Kent: Su and Dominic Get Festive!

December 19th, 2016

Just a reminder that Su’s fantastic interview with Dominic King of BBC Radio Kent is still available to listen to at BBC iPlayer, and here also are a couple more photos of Su and Dominic from last week’s chat. Click on them to listen to last week’s show. (Photos © Dominic King/BBC Radio Kent)


BBC Radio Kent: Su Interview @ BBC iPlayer

December 16th, 2016

bbcrkent16aDominic King’s BBC Radio Kent show, with Su as special guest, is now available to listen to online at BBC iPlayer.

The show aired yesterday afternoon – Su “the positivity powerhouse” appears at approximately 14 minutes in, describing the outfit she was wearing. Su also chatted about Hi-de-Hi! and its legacy, channelled Meg Ryan, talked Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Assembly Hall Theatre and much, much more.

The interview runs for around 15 minutes, which includes a break for news, but Su does also pop up again towards the end – at 2hrs 53m – offering “advice” to Dominic…

• Visit BBC iPlayer to listen to the interview. Available for the next four weeks.

BBC Radio Kent: Su & Dominic TODAY!!

December 15th, 2016

Don’t forget Su will be guesting with Dominic King, both pictured below yesterday, on BBC Radio Kent this afternoon. The show begins at 4pm, with Su scheduled to appear in the first half hour, talking panto, panto, panto and much more. (Photo © Dominic King/BBC Radio Kent)


Kudos: Su Interview: ‘I’d Love To Play Lady Macbeth’

December 11th, 2016

kudos16aA comprehensive new interview with Su, by Kudos Magazine, talking about her career, panto, Hi-de-Hi! and much more.

Loveable actress Su Pollard, she of the mad glasses and even madder outfits, professes a desire for Shakespeare, as she takes to the stage as the Wicked Witch in panto

In 1980 Su Pollard burst onto our TV screens in the hit comedy series Hi-de-Hi!. She hasntt stopped working since and now turns her talents to the role of the Wicked Witch in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in theis year’s Tunbridge Wells panto. Here, she looks back over her career – and reveals a secret love of ironing…

It was wannabe Maplins yellow coat Peggy Ollerenshaw in Hi-de-Hi! that turned you onto a household name. Looking back, what are your overriding memories of the show?
Absolute total fun. We just laughed and laughed and laughed for 10 years and I made some wonderful friendships. It was a dream job in every way. We were looked after properly by the directors and the writers, they always made sure things were right. If it chucked it down with rain one day when it wasn’t in the schedule, they just rewrote something within five minutes. It was tremendous fun.

Did you realise when you began to make it that it would be the hit it was?
Funnily enough, I remember once we were all sat in the edge of the bed in one of the chalets. It was really cold and we’d just done a scene outside, the last scene of the day. So Paul Shane, lovely Shaney, who played Ted Bovis, myself and Ruth Madoc, who played Gladys Pugh, we were all sat on the bed asking each other what we thought of it, and Paul said, “Look guys, we’ve done the best we can. We’ve got faith in it, the crew loved it because they were all laughing so lets have a toast to it’s success”. After the first series, people were coming up to us in the street saying, “I saw the show last night, God it was good!” And the critics were saying that they really enjoyed it. So we kind of knew then that we’d made something good.

• Continue reading at Kudos Magazine/Issue 19. Su’s interview is on pages 26 – 28.

Local Magazine: From Hi-de-Hi! to Hi Ho, Hi Ho!

December 11th, 2016

snowwhite16aaA great new panto interview feature with Su (and Jamie Steen) is included in the Winter Issue print edition of Local Magazine.

When the Assembly hall Theatre team sat down for a cuppa with the legendary star Su Pollard and the King of Panto Jamie Steen we were understandably very excited and a little bit nervous. After all, it’s not every day you get to meet one of your TV heroes and a panto institution!

We spoke to Su first, who will be playing the Wicked Queen in this year’s fantastic family pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs…

Q: Hello Su, this year you’re playing the Wicked Queen – should we expect an all-out villain or does she have a secret bit of goodness in her heart?
She’s definitely evil. After all, she is called the Wicked Queen, but she is also mischievious and loves to flirt with the Prince. I like her to have a mix of everything.

Q: You came to Tunbridge Wells for the press launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. What was your impression of the town and its people?
It offers a very flavoursome atmosphere because of all its lovely cafes and almost village-like quality. The people are extremely welcoming.

• Read the full interview here, and read Jamie’s here. Many thanks to Basia Wilson @ Twitter.

Times Of Tunbridge Wells: Su Pollard Panto Interview

December 8th, 2016

timesotw16aAnother new interview with Su, as Snow White gets ready to premiere tomorrow, published today by the Times of Tunbridge Wells.

Audiences of all ages will love this hugely entertaining and traditional pantomime…

Hi-de-Hi’s Su Pollard is appearing as the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which also stars CITV’s Jamie Rickers, at the Assembly Hall this Christmas. Ahead of the show’s launch on Thursday Eileen Leahy caught up with the comedy actress to talk about the power of pantomime and how good will always overcome evil

How excited are you to be playing the Wicked Queen in Snow White?

This will be my tenth year in the role and I just love playing the baddy because you can really get your teeth into it. I’ve been in about 40 pantomimes over the years and am always excited about performing. I’ve graduated from being the good principle boy to the really evil characters but at least I can always have a bit of fun with them. The Wicked Queen clearly has bad intentions – she wants to poison Snow White after all – but I like to add a comedy element to her character, too.

What’s the point of pantomime?

The great thing about them is that at the end of every one, the traditional or modern versions, it’s the baddy who loses out. So if there’s a moral to be had out of seeing one it is that you always get the bad and the good but ultimately good surmounts evil. It’s all great fun along the way but it’s always better to be nice than horrible. I think that’s lovely and it’s a great message for the kids.

• Continue reading at the Times of Tunbridge Wells.