Past Su News : November/December 2002

Happy New Year

22 Dec : Happy Christmas
Thanks to everyone who took the time to visit SuOnline in the last 12 months, making it the website's busiest year yet.

Happy Christmas

From Su, and all at SuOnline, a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous 2003 to each and every one of you.


22 Dec : Oh! Miss Hannigan!
Many thanks to Melissa Williams for this backstage picture of Su as Miss Hannigan in Annie.

Su and friends

Pictured with Su, in Brighton, are two orphans from the cast, one of who is Melissa's daughter, Ashle

22 December : Su's 2002
Su's 20022002 is almost over, and what a year it has been for Su...

Dick Whittington, The Pirates Of Penzance 2002, The Little Robots, Annie, Snow White...

Not forgetting the Hi-De-Hi!, You Rang, M'Lord? and Gimme Gimme Gimme repeats all over the schedules.

And the dozens of television, radio and press interviews, Su gave in association with all her theatre activities this year.

Click the picture...

The many faces of Su in '02, as Dick, Ruth, Miss Hannigan & Wicked Queen visit the News Archive for a more comprehensive guide to Su's 2002.

22 Dec : Have a Hi-De-Hi! Christmas
Hi-De-Hi!UK Gold - Christmas Day : 7.10am - 8.00am
Eruptions (Series Three)
Classic comedy from Christmas 1982 at Maplin's Holiday Camp. Comedian Ted isn't happy when Joe Maplin installs a working model of a volanco which erupts during his act. The only thing to do is sabotage it! Starring: Paul Shane, Su Pollard, Ruth Madoc, Simon Cadell, Geoffrey Holland.

UK Gold 2 - New Year's Day : 6.45pm
Christmas edition from 1985.
The Great Cat Robbery (Series Seven)
When Ted learns that a stolen necklace worth 10,000 might be hidden in the camp he arranges a midnight operation to find it which involves doping the campers and ransacking the chalets.


9 December : Su's December / Snow White
Have a WICKED Christmas!No rest for the Wicked (Queen)! Annie is now done, dusted, and over. Su has been busy over the last week, and continues this week, rehearsing for her role as the Wicked Queen in Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs.

Snow White is, of course, Su's panto for 2002, at the Theatre Royal in Lincoln.

2002 has been a phenomenally busy and successful year for Su, and Snow White ensures a hectic, but fun, end to it!

Su in Snow White"Lincolnshire's biggest and best pantomime…ever! The magical fairytale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs stars the delightful Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen, Martin Daniels as Simple Simon and Louise English as Snow White. This enchanting pantomime is a delight for the whole family. "

Source -

Click pic one to visit Su Online's Snow White page. Click picture two for more info on Snow White at the Theatre Royal's websit

9 December : 'A Stupid Boy'
Su receives a lovely mention in Jimmy Perry's, recently published, autobiography, 'A Stupid Boy'.

Jimmy recalls his first ever meeting with Su, how she landed the role of Peggy in Hi-De-Hi!, and why she evolved into one of the show's biggest characters.

A Stupid Boy - More Info

9 December : Those DVDs!
A number of online shops, including Amazon and Black Star, are now relisting the Hi-De-Hi! VHS and DVD box sets.

The sets, comprising of the complete first two series' of the sitcom, including the pilot epsiode, were released earlier this year, only to be quickly withdrawn.

They will be available again to buy in March 2003. It looks like an, as yet unspecified, Christmas Special will now also be included.

Further info in 2003!


25 November : Blankety Blank
Challenge TV yesterday repeated the Blankety Blank special from 1986, featuring six members of the Hi-De-Hi! cast.

The show, hosted by the late, great Les Dawson, featured Jeffrey Holland, Ruth Madoc, David Griffin, Linda Regan, Paul Shane and Su.

This may well be repeated by Challenge so keep your eyes peeled and TV Guides at the ready!

25 November : Big Brother
Su's pal, currently incarcerated in the Celebrity Big Brother house, Les Dennis, waxed lyrical about Su the other evening on the show. He exclaimed about what a "great woman" she is
25 November : 'Annie' Final Week
Su as Miss HanniganWell, it's the final week of Annie, with the musical opening this evening at the King's Theatre in Southsea.

Su has relished playing Miss Hannigan, her first "baddie" role, and audience reaction has been fantastic. Su recently said that she wished the tour could have been a much longer affair.

Best wishes from Su Online to the entire cast for their final week, and congratulations on an excellent show and very successful tour.

Next stop for Su is panto. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs @ the Theatre Royal in Lincoln, with Su playing another bad girl - the wicked queen!

Heaven only knows where she has conjured all the wickedness from this year:)

Annie News - Reviews - Pictures & more by clicking the picture.

Su Online's 'Snow White' page.


20 November : Su in Top 10 Great Nottinghamians
Su - Great NottinghamianSu has this week been voted the 9th Greatest Nottinghamian in a BBC Poll. 

This is undoubtedly a great accolade for Su as she is extremely proud to hail from Nottingham. 2002 has been a vintage year for Su, with huge success and acclaim in The Pirates Of Penzance and Annie. We are sure that being chosen as a "Great Nottinghamian" will be the icing on the cake for Su's wonderful '02! This from the BBCi feature...

Su Pollard is perhaps Nottingham's most famous entertainer.

1949 - Born on the 7th of November in Nottingham 
1955 - Su's interest in the stage began at the age of six when she played an angel in the school nativity play.  
1974 - Su made her television debut on Opportunity Knocks, where her rendition of 'I'm Just A Girl Who Can't Say No' from Oklahoma saw her come second to a singing Jack Russell dog.  
1978 - Su's first comedy role was in a BBC series entitled Two Up, Two Down in which she played a hippy named Flo.  
1979 - First appeared in Hi Di Hi as Peggy. 
1987 - Su tours the country with the Su Pollard show. 
1986 - She also took the song "Starting Together" to number two in the charts. 
1988 - Hi Di Hi ends after 58 episodes. 
1988 - You Rang M'Lord begins, Su was cast as Ivy Teasdale, it ran until 1992.  
1989 - Su is made the subject of 'This is your Life'. 
1995 - Co-stars with Les Dennis and Roy Walker for Blackpool's Biggest Show 
1996 - Su appears in 'Oh Dr Beeching'. 
1997 ~ present - Su regularly appears in panto and other stage shows. 

Please click the picture above to visit BBCi.

20 November : 'Annie' - This Is Lancashire
Annie - This Is LancashireAnnie at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool has been reviewed by 'This Is Lancashire'

Pollard enjoys tomorrow's success today by Nikki Masters

Never work with children or animals, so the old saying goes. But there's always an exception to the rule... 

Monday's performance of Annie at Blackpool's Grand Theatre was vibrant, entertaining, and over-the-top, with no doggy disasters or precocious child stars. The storyline's not up to much. After a poor start in the 30s Depression and a ruthless kidnap plot, little orphan Annie is adopted by a billionaire. Cue brash, happy ending. 

But with such belting numbers as It's The Hard Knock Life, You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile and Tomorrow it's hard not to keep humming the tunes for days afterwards. The adult characters were full of (and a bit larger than) life, particularly Matthew Hewitt's menacing Rooster Hannigan, and of course Su Pollard's no-holds-barred Miss Hannigan (she has a great singing voice, by the way). 

The orphans were worldly-wise, sang in tune, and danced and acted well without lapsing into schmaltz. And Jemma Carlisle played Annie with a really bright, expressive face, although her voice was a bit too strident for my liking. 

If you're looking for a toned down, grown-up show, this isn't it. But it's great fun for kids and a happy way to spend an eveni

20 November : That Top Ten!
1 - Lord Byron, George Gordon - Writer
2 - D. H Lawrence - Writer
3 - William Booth - Salvation Army founder
4 - Robin Hood - Local hero
5 - Sir Jesse Boot - Boots the Chemist
6 - Torvill & Dean - Ice skaters
7 -Watson Fothergill - Architect
8 - Harold Larwood - Cricketer
9 - Su Pollard - Entertainer
10 - Alan Sillitoe - Novelist

Well done Su, from all involved with Su Online x

20 Nov : 'Annie' in Darlington
Starring Su Pollard (Hi-De-Hi, The Pirates of Penzance), Mark Wynter (1960's hit recording artist - Venus in Blue Jeans and Go Away Little Girl), Louise English (Bugsy Malone, Me And My Girl).

11 year old Annie has spent a miserable childhood in a New York orphanage at the mercy of mean-tempered matron, Miss Hannigan. After a failed attempt to run away fate takes a turn when local billionaire businessman Oliver Warbucks decides to adopt Annie after promising to try to find her real parents. The announcement of a $50,000 reward for Annie's real parents to come forward creates havoc, with Miss Hannigan, her ex-con brother Rooster and his girlfriend Lily concocting their own claim. 

A starry cast, lavish production and classic songs including Tomorrow, It's A Hard Knock Life and You're Never Dressed Without A Smile ensure Annie's place as one of the all time, feel-good family musicals...marvellous entertainment,don't miss it.

Source - Darlington Arts

20 November : 'Annie'
Please check back to Su Online soon for a revamped, and expanded, Annie section. More reviews, press, and pictures in a dedicated section!
20 November : Su on TV
Don't forget that UK Gold and UK Gold Plus 1 have Hi-De-Hi! in their listing schedules for the forseeable future.

Showing daily @ 6am, 1pm & 7pm.

14 November : The Times
'The Times' gave Su a mention on 7th November in their Diary section, in celebration of her 53rd birthday.
14 November : Su Interview
The Blackpool Citizen features a Su interview this week. Su, and the cast of Annie, are currently at the Grand Theatre in the town.

Annie in Blackpool

During the course of the interview Su reveals she loves playing Miss Hannigan because she doesn't need to "glam up" for the role. 

Su also says that she still regularly hears "Hi-De-Hi!" being hollered in her direction from the great British public!

Read The full interv

14 November : 'Annie' - Brighton Review
Annie in BrightonAnnie, Theatre Royal, Brighton

Su Pollard plays Miss Hannigan  
The sun'll come out tomorrow - if only. Though it may be wet and miserable, inside the Theatre Royal, there's enough sunshine and laughter to warm even the coldest of hearts. 

Jemma Carlisle plays little orphan Annie with plenty of gusto, singing and acting well - as do the rest of the orphans. With children and animals to compete with in this musical, the adults have to pull out all the stops. Louise English as Grace Farrell is pretty and charming and Mark Wynter as Daddy Warbucks brings great warmth to the role. 

Unfortunately, even with Annie joining in (and the backing of the entire cast), their combined charms fail to make NYC the show-stopping number it should be. It never quite gets off the ground and goes on for far too long. The same cannot be said of We'd Like To Thank You Herbert Hoover - a great song, well sung and simply but effectively choreographed by David Kort. 

The supporting cast does a marvellous job here and throughout the show, taking on a multitude of characters. 

It is, indeed, a complicated book with down-and-outs, radio stars, politicians and even President Roosevelt woven into the plot. It's all rather clever and the story highlights the grim reality of the Great Depression. 

Su Pollard plays Miss Hannigan, the alcohol-dependent, child-hating orphanage matron. She certainly has a healthy pair of lungs and this is one character where the more OTT you are, the better. 

I never really felt sympathy for her, though, and I always want Miss Hannigan to be one of those poor souls you feel life has just dealt a bum hand to. Unlike her bad apple of a brother, Rooster, nicely played by Matthew Hewitt and well supported by Amanda Sim as his girlfriend Lily St Regis. 

In reality, there are no bad apples in this cast - everyone plays their part well and the show sparkles as much as Daddy Warbucks' Christmas tree. 

Source - This Is Worthing


4 November : Happy Birthday Su!
Birthday Girl Su!Many Happy Returns to Su!

Yes, Su celebrates her 53rd birthday this Thursday (7th November).

Su will be onstage in Annie on her special day but we're sure the cast and audience will belt out a chorus of "Happy Birthday"to commemorate the occasion. Su will, no doubt, have a clebratory glass of bubbly after the show too.

Annie is at the Theatre Royal in Brighton all this week. If anyone would like to send Su a card please feel free to post it to her at the theatre:

The Theatre Royal, 
New Road, 

4 November : 'Annie' Update

Annie cast in Ireland

Su and the Annie cast are now in week six of the musical's tour.

The show opens tonight at the Theatre Royal in Brighton.

The production has been playing to full house crowds throughout the tour and Su is enjoying playing Miss Hannigan immensely.

Annie Page

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