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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…

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.

British Theatre: Su Pollard Makes Fringe Debut With Harpy

May 27th, 2018

britishtheatre18aSu Pollard is to make her Edinburgh Fringe debut with Harpy by Philip Meeks at Underbelly Cowgate.

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 show business 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. Her neighbours call Birdie a harridan and a harpy even most of them have never even met her. They see her obsessive hoarding as detrimental to the value of their own homes.

• Continue reading at British Theatre.

Stuff: It Never Stops for Su Pollard

May 27th, 2018

stuff18aThe recent interview with Su, by TV Guide in New Zealand, is now also available to read online at stuff.co.nz. Here’s an extract:

Set in the 1950s-60s, Hi-de-Hi! ran for nine seasons and Pollard, who enjoys watching repeat episodes, has happy memories of her time on the show.

“The great moments (that) stand out for me, seriously, (were) when you first get the scripts through the door – none of this email,” she says.

“It was always big hard copies. You’d get all the series (episodes) in one great big envelope. They’d weigh a tonne. You’d read them because you wouldn’t know what the scripts were before you got them. You’d be going, ‘Oh that is so funny. That’s hilarious’. Just knowing that we’re going to spend the next three or four months laughing your head off every day”.

Jones! is currently screening repeats of Hi-de-Hi! and You Rang M’Lord in New Zealand. Both series were hugely popular when they originally aired in NZ and, as with the repeats here in the UK, still attract lots of viewers when they air.

• Continue reading at Stuff. (Photo © BBC)

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Irish News/Irish Times: Claude

May 25th, 2018

claude18bAs previously posted, Su will voice the character Gloria Swoon in the forthcoming animated series Claude. (Photo © Colin Hutton/PA Wire)

Irish News: New Sixteen South show Claude set to air on Disney Junior channel: The latest show from Belfast-based children’s television producer Sixteen South is about to air on one of the world’s biggest television networks. Claude, which charts the adventures of an animated beret-clad dog, will be shown on the Disney Junior network from June 4 in all countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa – Continue reading…

Irish Times: Animated dog gives Belfast studio starring Disney role: Sixteen South sells ‘Claude’ series to Disney Junior network – A beret-clad, animated dog called Claude is set to help a Belfast-based children’s television company enjoy one of its biggest starring roles to date with the Disney Junior network – Continue reading…

TV Guide: Say Hi-de-Hi to Life

May 23rd, 2018

tvguide18aThere’s a new Su interview in New Zealand magazine TV Guide.

Su Pollard talks life after a hit TV series.

Some actresses fade into obscurity after they leave a hit TV show – but Su Pollard isn’t one of them.

The 68 year old, who is best known for her role on comedy series Hi-de-Hi!, in which she played lovable chambermaid Peggy, was labelled a ‘national treasure’ in a British newspaper last month and is usually photographed wearing brightly coloured attire.

When she spoke with TV Guide, Pollard was looking forward to visiting Birmingham for a guest role in British soap Doctors.

“Myself and Ruth Madoc (who plays Gladys on Hi-de-Hi!), we’re both in love with the same chap,” she says of her Doctors storyline.

• The full interview is currently available to read at PressReader or in TV Guide (for those of you in New Zealand).

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Edinburgh Evening News: Four Shows To See At The Fringe

May 13th, 2018

een18aLiam Rudden: Four shows to see when the Fringe returns in August…

It might only be May, but already the Fringe press releases are stacking up. As shows go on sale earlier and earlier (check out www.edfringe.com) and venue press offices churn out details of the headline acts they are expecting, there hardly seems any point having a programme launch these days; that’s scheduled for 6 June, by the way.

Looking through the information that’s already out there, here are four of the shows to have caught my eye.

HARPY

Another popular name coming to town is veteran actress and funny woman Su Pollard, who also makes her Fringe debut.

Harpy is a new play about hoarding, from Fringe First-winner Philip Meeks, which tells the story of Birdie, a hoarder the neighbours call a harridan and a harpy, although most have never met her. What they see as rubbish, she considers her life’s work. It exists because of something deeply cherished that was stolen many years before… and Birdie’s not given up anything since.

You can catch Su, triumphant after her stint on the ITV series Last Laugh In Vegas, at Underbelly on the Cowgate from 2-26 August (not 13), daily at 4pm.

• Continue reading at the Edinburgh Evening News.

Television Heaven: Hi-de-Hi! (1980)

May 8th, 2018

hidehi15hA great new feature on Hi-de-Hi!, by Televsion Heaven. (Photo © BBC)

David Croft and Jimmy Perry had the midas touch when it came to comedy writing, and by the end of the 1970s, with Dad’s Army having finished and It Ain’t Half Hot Mum coming to a close, the pair were looking for a new project. The duo had both worked at Butlins holiday camp – Perry as a redcoat and Croft as a show producer. It was these shared experiences that gave life to one of the BBC’s top comedies of the 1980s, Hi-de-hi!

Once again having the foresight to set their programme at a particular time in the past, Croft and Perry’s latest offering brought together a ragtag collection of failed individuals to a fictitious holiday camp in 1959 – Maplins…

• Continue reading at Television Heaven.

What’s On TV: What’s On Telly Tonight?

April 24th, 2018

wotv18aWhat’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Tuesday 24th April

Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Tuesday 24th April

Last Laugh in Vegas, from 9pm / ITV/ITV3
Nine of our best-loved showbiz legends, including Cannon and Ball, Su Pollard and Bernie Clifton, have given us fun, laughter and a few tears in this reality series, which has followed them preparing for a one-off spectacular in Las Vegas. After weeks of rehearsals, the series concludes tonight with the famous faces putting the finishing touches to their performances. After the main show on ITV, turn to ITV3 to see our brave stars finally take to the stage at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Last Laugh in Vegas: Showtime. Will the stars have the last laugh in Vegas? Rating: *****

• Continue reading at What’s On TV. (Photo © ITV)

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Freeview: Freeview’s TV Treasures

April 20th, 2018

hidehi15cIf your regular telly viewing rarely takes you beyond a few favourite channels, maybe it’s time to branch out and explore some of Freeview’s hidden treasures.

There’s plenty to enjoy, from long-running dramas that have stood the test of time to classic comedies that’ll never go out of style.

So, grab the remote and start discovering the great selection of hidden gems coming up this week.

Hi-de-Hi!: Drama (Freeview Channel 20)
Saturday 21 April at 5pm, 5:40pm and 6:20pm

This is one of the great British sitcoms from the writing team of Jimmy Perry and David Croft (who also gave us Dad’s Army), recreating the chaotic fun of a seaside holiday camp in the 1950s. There are some memorable characters in this show, including the fearsome Chief Yellowcoat Gladys Pugh (played by Ruth Madoc), the scatty chalet maid Peggy Ollerenshaw (Su Pollard) and Jeffrey Fairbrother (Simon Cadell), the Cambridge professor turned entertainment manager who struggles to resist Gladys’s amorous advances. In tonight’s episodes, Peggy gets her big chance to be a Yellowcoat and Jeffrey thinks the campers deserve some culture.

• Continue reading at Freeview. (Photo © BBC)

Euro Weekly: Laughing in Las Vegas

April 20th, 2018

lliv18iPainting, springtime and laughing in Las Vegas

There is a lot to get through this week, so diving right in…

Anyone in need of a nostalgia boost might want to look out Last Laugh in Vegas, ITV Tuesdays. There are eight acts performing including Cannon and Ball and Su Pollard.

The gang travel to Las Vegas to put on one-last-show, directed by Frank Marino. Frank knows his stuff. He is the only person to have two stars on the Las Vegas Boulevard Walk of Fame and has raised millions of dollars for charity. Frank also badly needs a haircut.

The shows lead up to a one off performance, it has to be said in one of sin city’s lesser known theatres and whatever Frank’s weekly ratings might suggest, I’m sure the final show will be great. The real shock for me though is Bernie Clifton’s voice, he is a great singer. Look out for a feature length episode coming to ITV3 soon.

• Continue reading at Euro Weekly. (Photo © ITV)

Entertainment Daily: Last Laugh in Vegas – Review

April 5th, 2018

lliv18iOPINION: Last Laugh in Vegas is the surprise gem of the year so far

Legendary Las Vegas performer Frank Marino took one look at the bunch of bygone British entertainers before him and dazzled them with his CV.

“I’ve been blessed and lucky enough to have worked alongside Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Britney Spears…”

Well, move aside, J-Lo. Beat it, Celine. Because now he’s working alongside Cannon & Ball, Celebrity Squares’ Kenny Lynch, Peggy from Hi-de-Hi, Bernie Clifton’s ostrich…

It’s for a one-night-only variety show to end all variety shows, which it very probably will, starring nine old-timers in Sin City, on ITV’s Last Laugh in Vegas.

• Continue reading at Entertainment Daily. (Photo © ITV)

Beyond The Joke: Last Laugh in Vegas – TV Review

April 5th, 2018

lliv18jMichael Caine used to say that in his world you don’t retire, the phone just stops ringing. Well it never seems to stop ringing for old celebrities being offered shows these days. If it isn’t The Real Marigold Hotel it’s Last Laugh In Vegas, this new series in which variety veterans get to do a big gig in Sin City.

The first of five (yes, five) episodes saw Cannon & Ball, Bobby Crush, Jess Conrad, Su Pollard, Kenny Lynch, Mick Miller, Anita Harris and Bernie Clifton acclimatising to their new location and their new upcoming gig. Egos soon started to rear their heads when it came to choosing the best hotel room. Ageing rock and roller Jess Conrad bagged the best suite and wasn’t budging, immediately setting himself up as the bad guy, while 1970s pianist Bobby Crush drew the short straw.

• Continue reading at Beyond The Joke. (Photo © ITV)

What’s on TV: Interview: Su Talks Last Laugh in Vegas

April 3rd, 2018

wotv18aSu Pollard: ‘I’d tell anyone to go to Vegas if they can. It was a great adventure!’

A group of showbiz legends are given one last shot to put on a show in the variety capital of the world in new ITV show, Last Laugh in Vegas. Here, Su Pollard lifts the lid on what happened in Sin City…

Here, Su, 68, reveals all about preparing for the big night…

How did you find rehearsals for the show?
“We had this lovely choreographer, who initially wanted to see what we could do and it was almost a form of bonding. Anita had great poise and Bobby Ball was mincing around. I’m not a brilliant dancer but you have to do your best. I did feel vulnerable in there because there’s nothing to hide behind. You’ve got all your mates cheering you on but you’re thinking: ‘I’m absolutely dreadful!”

Vegas drag act Frank Marino was the producer on the show. What was he like? And what pointers did he give you?
“I thought Frank was the epitome of showbiz. He does a drag act in Vegas as Joan Rivers and he’s fantastic! He knows exactly what the Vegas audience wants and he gave each of us constructive criticism – he said I needed a translator because I speak too quick!”

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In between rehearsals, you get to experience what life is like for the locals in Vegas. Didn’t you all have a go at pole dancing?
“Yes! We had a lady, Tanya, who would show us something different every day and, this time, she showed us how to do pole dancing. Well, Tommy Cannon was fabulous. He’s got a core as strong as you like and he’s nearly 80! He could pole-dance anybody into the ground – whereas the rest of us just fell on the ground!”

• Continue reading Su’s interview at What’s On TV. (Photo © ITV)