knock life for Pollard?
Pollard prepares for her new role as down-trodden
Miss Hannigan, Francis Batt reviews her career.
live in the age of television talent shows. But
even a tongue lashing from Simon Cowell could not
equal the humiliation suffered by Su Pollard when
she made her debut on 'Opportunity Knocks',
coming second to a singing Jack Russell terrier.
did not hold her back though and now the star of
legendary television sit coms 'Hi-Di-Hi' and 'You
Rang M'Lud', can be seen swilling gin and
terrorising helpless little girls nightly. She is
of course playing the horrible Miss Hannigan in a
new production of the musical 'Annie', which
comes to Windsor's Theatre Royal all next week.
is no stranger to musicals having taken the title
role in 'Sweet Charity' and toured in 'Grease',
'Godspell', 'Little Shop of Horrors' and 'Me and
first appeared on the BBC playing hippy Flo in
'Two Up, Two Down' with Paul Nicholas. But it was
the role of Peggy Olleren-shaw, the down-trodden
maid in nine series of 'Hi De Hi!' that made her
a British institution.
spent all nine series trying to be accepted as a
holiday camp yellow coat, despite the
mean-spirited attempts of Gladys Pugh to keep her
in her place cleaning the chalets. The show's
writers, Jimmy Perry and David Croft, turned it
into a sell-out musical which played seasons in
Bournemouth, Blackpool and at the Victoria Palace
in the West End.
they then wrote the very popular 'You Rang
M'Lud', Su was cast again, as down-trodden
domestic servant, Ivy, for four series. Su was
reunited with her friends, Paul Shane and Jeffrey
Holland, in David Croft's railway comedy 'Oh
Doctor Beeching!' playing station busybody,
addition, Su has guest starred on virtually every
notable light entertainment show of the last 25
years. She is very proud to have taken part in
five Royal Variety Galas - in the process meeting
nearly all the members of the royal family. In
1989, she was honoured as the subject of 'This Is
is also a great favourite with Su and she has
appeared as a principal boy in 'Babes In The
Wood', 'Pinocchio', 'Aladdin', 'Dick Whittington'
and 'Jack and The Beanstalk'.
has toured nationally with 'The Su Pollard Show'
which was followed by a season in the Donmar
Warehouse in her one-woman show 'A Song, A Frock
And A Tinkle'. This was so successful that once
more Su toured throughout the country. The Daily
Express described her as '"The best
one-woman show comedienne since Joyce
woman Su has written a book called 'Hearts and
Showers', a light-hearted look at romance, and
has even made a keep-fit video entitled 'Sensible
Slimming' (although she says it's hard practising
what she preaches!)
is loving the role of the wicked Miss Hannigan in
'Annie', who bears no relation to 'Hi-de-Hi's'
downtrodden Peggy at all!
30th October 2003