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BBC News: Demolition of Hi-de-Hi! Hotel Begins

August 4th, 2018

hidehi18jA hotel which hosted stars of 1980s sitcom Hi-de-Hi! during filming has begun to be knocked down.

The Cliff Hotel in Dovercourt, Essex, is being demolished and redeveloped as a 61-room hotel and apartments.

Cast members stayed at the site between 1980 and 1988 while shooting the comedy series, which was filmed at Warner’s Holiday Centre at Dovercourt Bay.

Su Pollard, Ruth Madoc and Paul Shane were among the stars of the show. The BBC sitcom was set in a fictional holiday camp called Maplins and revolved around the lives of entertainers.

• Continue reading at BBC News.

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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. (Photo © Karla Gowlett)

BBC News: The Inside Story Of Hi-de-Hi!

February 13th, 2018

hidehi15cMorning campers! The inside story of 80s sitcom Hi-de-Hi!

The antics of the employees of Maplins holiday camp entertained viewers for nearly a decade and made huge stars of the cast of Hi-de-Hi! Thirty years after the last episode was shown, on 30 January 1988, they have been sharing their memories with the BBC.

“All these years later, people say to me how wonderful it was and how we love the show,” says Jeffrey Holland, who played the camp’s comedian Spike Dixon. “You can’t get 19 or 20 million viewers now.

“I meet young actors now who know me from the 1980s, and they are often thrilled to meet me for that reason, and that’s so gratifying.”

Hi-de-Hi! was Holland’s big break, with the role of Spike written with him in mind. “It was the first thing I ever did that made my face known,” the actor says.

• Continue reading at BBC News.

BBC News: Hi-de-Hi! Star ‘Comforted’ by Hotel Plan

January 10th, 2018

bbcnews18aA star of 1980s sitcom Hi-de-Hi! says it is “comforting” to know a new hotel is set to be built where she and fellow cast members stayed while filming.

The Cliff Hotel in Dovercourt, Essex, was home to the likes of Su Pollard, Ruth Madoc and Paul Shane during the filming of 58 episodes from 1980-88.

It is being knocked down and rebuilt as a 61-bedroom hotel and apartments.

Pollard, who played chalet maid Peggy Ollerenshaw, said she was glad a hotel would remain on the old site.

• Continue reading at BBC News.

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BBC News: Gorden Kaye Dies Aged 75

January 24th, 2017

gkaye17aSu has paid tribute to her For Better Or For Worse co-star, Gorden Kaye, who died on Monday.

Gorden Kaye: ‘Allo ‘Allo!’s Rene Artois dies aged 75

Actor Gorden Kaye, who was best known for his role in the long-running BBC sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo!, has died aged 75. The star’s former agency confirmed to BBC News he died at a care home on Monday morning.

Kaye played cafe owner Rene Artois on the hit show, which centred on the fictional exploits of resistance fighters in World War Two in German-occupied France.

Su Pollard, who appeared with Kaye in four series of BBC radio comedy For Better or for Worse, told the BBC the actor was “very clever, witty and amusing”.

“He was quite private, but he was very amiable and was more than happy to chat to his fans. He was very pleased he was able to turn his passion into his working life,” she said.

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BBC News: 150 Years Of Panto Posters

December 13th, 2015

Emu, Grotbags and Hasselhoff: 150 Years Of Panto Posters

A theatre celebrating its 150th anniversary has released dozens of historic pantomime posters.

Nottingham’s Theatre Royal opened in 1865, and held its first panto – The House that Jack Built – the same year. The annual event continued almost uninterrupted, even through world wars, attracting a wide range of stars.

Headline names have included George Formby, Tony Hancock, Danny La Rue, Leslie Crowther, Orville and, recently, David Hasselhoff and Su Pollard.

• Continue reading at BBC News.

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