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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…

Doctors: Su & Ruth Madoc Film Guest Roles

May 17th, 2018

doctors18aSu and , her former Hi-de-Hi! co-star and great friend, Ruth Madoc will guest in a forthcoming episode of, BBC1′s long-running daytime drama/soap, Doctors.

The air date for the episode is unknown as yet, but we can reveal Su will play a character (rather than herself) called Mary.

Doctors is a continuing British medical soap opera which first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 26 March 2000.

Set in the fictional Midlands town of Letherbridge, defined (in the programme) as being in the city of Birmingham, the soap follows the lives of the staff of both a Doctor’s surgery and University Campus Surgery as well as their families and friends.

• Browse the Doctors website at bbc.co.uk. Click below to visit the programme’s Facebook page. (Photo © BBC)

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TV Choice Awards 2018: Last Laugh in Vegas

May 16th, 2018

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Last Laugh in Vegas has been nominated for a TV Choice Award.

The five-part series is included in the Best Reality Show category.

Please click below to take a look and possibly vote for Last Laugh… if you enjoyed the series.

Welcome to the 22nd TV Choice Awards.

The decision as to who wins on the night is only a click away. So if you think your favourite shows and stars deserve to scoop a respected TV Choice Award now is the time to start voting!

Voting on the longlist will remain open until midnight on Friday 1 June. The event takes place at The Dorchester, Park Lane on Monday 10 September. (Photo © ITV)

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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.

Last Laugh in Vegas: That’s A Wrap!

April 25th, 2018

A stunning finale show last night from all involved with Last Laugh in Vegas. They should all be very proud. Su and Anita Harris looked amazing too. Browse our Last Laugh News Archive and watch the entire series at ITV Hub now. Last night’s episodes are repeated early next week too. (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

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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)

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)