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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.

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.

BBC Breakfast: Su & Bernie Clifton

April 13th, 2018

Su and Bernie Clifton having a great time at BBC Breakfast on Tuesday, guesting to chat about currently appearing in Last Laugh in Vegas on ITV and much, much more…

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Last Laugh in Vegas: Su & Kenny

April 11th, 2018

Just uploaded to You Tube by ITV – already a classic clip from the first episode of Last Laugh in Vegas: An enormous mansion in Las Vegas with everything you can wish for… except for a kettle. Su Pollard and Kenny Lynch go on a tea and coffee run…

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)

Last Laugh in Vegas: Newsy Bits!

April 3rd, 2018

lliv18hAs expected there is huge online coverage of Last Laugh in Vegas, which begins airing tonight. We’ve posted over the last week with Su relevant press, and here’s a few more (Photo © ITV):

The Sun: Su’s That Girl: How old is Su Pollard, when was the Last Laugh in Vegas star married to Peter Keogh and when was she in Hi-de-Hi!: The actress and singer is a national treasure thanks to her roles in some classic sitcoms – Continue reading…

On The Box: Preview – Last Laugh in Vegas: Eight showbiz legends get the gig of a lifetime in ITV’s new five part series – Continue reading…

Blackpool Gazette: From UK’s Vegas to the Real Las Vegas: A new five-part series launching on ITV tonight is like a who’s who of Blackpool summer seasons from days gone by – Continue reading…

The Sun: Variety Veterans: Who’s in the Last Laugh in Vegas cast? Su Pollard, Cannon and Ball, Bernie Clifton, Anita Harris, Jess Conrad and Kenny Lynch star in ITV show – Viewers are going on a trip down memory lane as some of the nation’s favourite veteran stars unite to put on a variety show - Continue reading…

The Guardian: Tuesday’s Best TV: Cunk on Britain; Come Home; Last Laugh in Vegas: Last Laugh in Vegas, 9pm, ITV – Bucket list-inspired telly as celebs most famous for their 20th-century work prepare for a one-off Las Vegas show. In Sin City, cameras follow the likes of Cannon and Ball, Anita Harris and Su Pollard as they share a house, explore the city, rehearse and, natch, share showbiz anecdotes from the good old days – Continue reading…

News Letter: Last Laugh in Vegas: UK showbiz stars aim to make it big Stateside: Have you heard the one about the British showbiz legends trying to make it in Las Vegas? This new five-part series follows famous faces from comedy, music and variety from the 1960s, 70s and 80s as they head to the Entertainment Capital of the World with a chance to fulfil the dream they thought had long gone – Continue reading…

Herald: ‘Age Is No Barrier, Darling’, Say Showbiz Veterans

April 2nd, 2018

herald18aWhat happens when a group of British showbiz veterans are let loose in Sin City? You’re about to find out, as ITV’s new five-part series, Last Laugh In Vegas, sees some of the most famous names from the 1960s, 70s and 80s whisked off to put on their dream gig in the variety capital of the world.

Putting the show in showbiz, the line-up includes pianist and entertainer Bobby Crush, singer Kenny Lynch, 60s pop idol Jess Conrad, actress and singer Anita Harris, actress, singer and comedienne Su Pollard, comedy double act Cannon and Ball, entertainer Bernie Clifton and comedian Mick Miller.

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Cameras will follow the entertainment veterans right through from the point they leave their homes in the UK to Vegas living, rehearsals and the final spectacular: treading the boards at Vegas’ iconic Orleans theatre. Despite all eight acts having extensive careers, access to the world-class stages that run along the Vegas strip would mark a new experience for most. And it’s one none of the celebrities could turn down.

“It was like going over a rainbow and arriving at an incredible place,” gushes Harris, 75, who returned to the city for the first time since her early twenties.

“It’s a lovely thing for people to do,” agrees Pollard, 68. “You’re outside of your comfort zone, you’re outside of things that you wouldn’t do on an everyday occurrence, so it was lovely. We embraced the opportunity and everything that they put on for us.”

• Continue reading at Herald Scotland. Last Laugh In Vegas premieres on ITV/STV on Tuesday, April 3. (Photo © ITV)

TV Times: Su Pollard

March 30th, 2018

tvtimes18aIn 2010 Su starred in an episode of ITV’s Benidorm, “I flew to Benidorm on the Sunday, filmed all day Monday and then flew back to do Annie in Milton Keynes on the Tuesday!”

Su, 68, is known for her eccentric style, “I remember going to C&A when I was four and knowing exactly what I wanted. I will happily wear a tie with a dress if I think it will work”.

Su can’t drive, “I’d be a boy racer. I couldn’t stand the responsibility of driving and journeys of more than 40 minutes bore me rigid!”.

Last Laugh in Vegas, ITV.

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Metro: Our Top Shows to Watch in April 2018

March 30th, 2018

metro18aRich Kids Go Skint and Last Laugh In Vegas: Our top shows to watch in April 2018

What happens when nine British showbiz legends from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s are given the chance to put on their dream gig in the entertainment capital of the world? The theatre is booked for one night only as comedy double act Cannon & Ball, entertainer Bernie Clifton, comedian Mick Miller, pianist and entertainer Bobby Crush, singer Kenny Lynch, 60’s pop idol Jess Conrad OBE, actress and singer Anita Harris and actress, singer and comedienne Su Pollard all head to Vegas. For two weeks they’ll live together, explore the city and rehearse with top Las Vegas producer Frank Marino preparing for the big show in one of the city’s most iconic theatres. Airs 3 April at 9pm on ITV

• Continue reading at the Metro.

Su on TV: Hacker Time

March 30th, 2018

Hacker Time: CBBC: Sunday 8th April:  12.15pm
Luis Troyano. Series 6, Episode 8. Fun, chat and music from Hacker T Dog. Great British Bake Off finalist Luis Troyano joins Hacker, Derek, Lolly, Wilf, Herman, Larry and whoever the other ones are. Expect plenty of cake jokes, some of them funny! Plus Cel Spellman stars in Lost and Found (…& Lost Again) and another trip to The Accommodation Place. Starring: Simon Lowe, Su Pollard.

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Su on TV: Better Known For Other Things

March 30th, 2018

Better Known For Other Things: NOW 80s: Tuesday 3rd April: 8pm
Anyone for a bit of Nick Berry or Su Pollard? Soap stars, movie stars and comedians – they all made music (of variable quality), but were all better known for something else!

• NOW 80s airs on Sky channel number 378.

TV Choice: Last Laugh in Vegas

March 29th, 2018

lliv18eThat’s entertainment!

They’re some of our best-loved entertainers from the past 50 years, and now they’re heading to the entertainment capital of the world to stage a variety spectacular. But will two weeks be enough to hone their acts for an American audience?

‘I went about 30 years ago and I really liked it. I wasn’t interested in the gambling, but I thought I just love the idea of all the tall buildings and the bright lights,’ says Su Pollard, one of the series’ star turns.

‘Of course, you think you’ll never go back. When they said this is culminating in a fabulous show, I replied, “Right. That’s it. I shall sign now.”’

• Continue reading at TV Choice.