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February 20, 2003: David Croft's autobiography
David Croft OBEHot on the heels of Jimmy Perry's 'A Stupid Boy', the other co-creator of Hi-De-Hi!, David Croft, has been in touch with Su's mate, Rob Cope, with information about his forthcoming autobigraphy. He hopes that the book will be published this coming August.

As well as Hi-De-Hi!, David was also, of course, responsible for Dad's Army and It Ain't Half Hot Mum with Jimmy Perry and Are You Being Served? and 'Allo 'Allo with Jeremy Lloyd.

Further information when it becomes available.

February 20, 2003: Su - NOT going on a 'Summer Holiday'!
Despite what you may see, or hear, Su would like it confirmed that she will most definitely NOT be appearing in the Summer Holiday musical with Christopher Biggins this year.
February 14, 2003: 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' on BBC Prime
Gimme, series threeYet another airing for the episode of Gimme Gimme Gimme with Su as guest star.

Singing in the Drain. Series 3, episode 5. Sitcom about two flatmates who have nothing in common apart from their outrageous attitude to life and their taste in men. Linda finally realises her ambition to become a model, while Tom secures an audition for a West End musical. Starring: Kathy Burke, James Dreyfus, Brian Bovell, Beth Goddard, Su Pollard, Jonathan Harvey.

Gimme Gimme Gimme : BBC Prime - Thursday 27th February : 9.00pm

February 9, 2003: Special Offer - 'Hi-De-Hi!' at the BBC
BBC Special OfferThose generous people over at the BBC are offering SuOnline visitors the chance to purchase the Hi-De-Hi! DVD and video sets, available on 3rd March, at a discounted rate.

This is a very generous gesture and a great opportunity for anyone thinking of buying this great release.

Please email Carolyn Bartholomew at the BBC, carolyn.bartholomew@bbc.co.uk, for further information on this offer.

Many thanks to Carolyn for all her help.

February 9, 2003: 'Hi-De-Hi!' - Boxed sets are go...
Hi-De-Hi! at Universal PlaybackMany online stores are now featuring the Hi-De-Hi! boxed sets prominently on their websites. Universal Playback, the company behind the release, have this to say:

The Hi-De-Hi! gang is in for a big surprise at the start of the new holiday season when Jeffrey Fairbrother (Simon Cadell) becomes head of entertainment at Maplin's Holiday Camp. Gladys Pugh (Ruth Madoc) canıt take her eyes off him, and wannabe Yellowcoat, Peggy (Su Pollard), looks like she might get her dream job. But what's in store for the campers? This release features every episode from Series One and Two of Hi-De-Hi!.

Episode titles: Hey Diddle Diddle (Pilot), Desire In The Mickey Mouse Grotto, The Beauty Queen Affair, The Partridge Season, The Day Of Reckoning, Charity Begins At Home, No Dogs Allowed, If Wet - In The Ballroom, Peggy's Big Chance, Lift Up Your Minds, On With The Motley, A Night Not To Remember, Sausages Or Limelight. 

February 9, 2003: Su on DVD - The Complete 'Peter Rabbit & Friends'
Peter Rabbit & FriendsAs everyone gears up for Hi-De-Hi! being made available (again) on DVD, it's worth mentioning that Su already features on the shiny new format. She is one of the voices, among a star-studded cast, included in the wonderful Peter Rabbit & Friends Deluxe DVD set. This contains all three volumes from the classic family programme, plus two short documentaries about Beatrix Potter, an interactive game, interactive menu screens, and scene access.

Disc One: 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit & Benjamin Bunny', 'The Tale of Flopsy Bunnies & Mrs. Tittlemouse' and 'The Tale of Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddleduck'. Disc Two: 'Tale of Pigling Bland', 'Tale of Samuel Whiskers' and 'The Tailor of Gloucester'. Disc Three: 'The Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle & Jeremy Fisher', 'The Tale of Mr Tod & The Further Adventures of Peter Rabbit' and 'The Tale of 2 Bad Mice & Johnny Town Mouse'. Featuring the voices of: Ian Holm ; Derek Jacobi ; Patricia Routledge ; Richard Wilson ; Hugh Laurie ; Su Pollard ; Prunella Scales ; Rik Mayall.

February 6, 2003: Su Update - January/February 2003
Su, out and aboutAfter completing six weeks in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, through December and January, immediately after touring the UK in Annie (which itself came hot on the heels of eight months of touring in The Pirates Of Penzance), Su is now taking a well earned couple of week's break.

There are a number of projects currently being considered by Su for 2003, in theatre, television and music. As soon as she confirms details of these exciting developments all relevant information will appear here first. Stay tuned!

February 6, 2003: Su - 'First Person Quiz'
First Person QuizSu recently completed the 'First Person' quiz. Some of her answers were interesting, and sweet as only Su can be...

First Memory: Patting a huge St. Bernard dog. 
First Ambition: Always to be a performer. 
First Disillusionment: A "friend", when I was 11, said she'd arranged for me to sing with a band in a park, only to get there & be told she'd made it up! 
First Stage Appearance: At the age of 6 in a nativity play. I was an angel. 

First Screen Appearance: As a nun in a commercial for an ice lolly. 
First Trip Abroad: To Athens, aged 18. 
First Alcoholic Drink: A pint of lager - I felt terrible! 
First Love: Colin, when I was 11. 
First Car/Motorcycle: Never had either - can't drive. 
First Property Purchase: My house in London. 
First Thing I'd Save from a Fire: Myself & anyone else - material things don't matter. 
First Impression I Give: Friendly, boisterous, maybe eccentric. 
First Thing I do with Time Off: Go for a walk, have a bottle of wine & a good old chat. 

February 6, 2003: "Little Robots rocks!" says Lenny Henry
Those 'Little Robots'Lenny Henry, who voices the robot Sporty, recently commented: "I enjoyed working with such talented colleagues. We had a lot of fun. Little Robots rocks!"

Vanessa Chapman, Co-Executive Producer, says: "A number of top comedians have voiced pre-school series in recent years, but Little Robots is the first series to contain such a varied wealth of the UK's comedy talent. They really bring the characters to life - and we've shown them the finished results and they're thrilled!" 

Su Pollard voices Noisy, a robot who lives her life as if it were a musical. With a trumpet-like nose, she loves to sing - and does so everywhere.

Source - BBCi Press Release.

February 3, 2003: 'Hi-De-Hi!' - BBC1 next Sunday / 'Little Robots'
Su as PeggyHi-De-Hi! : BBC1 - Sunday 9th February : 1.00pm
Peggy's Big Chance.

The classic comedy series set at Maplin's Holiday Camp in the late 50s. Peggy the chalet maid has a burning ambition to become a Yellowcoat, so Jeffrey arranges an interview for her. Meanwhile Ted is planning a pool wheeze but needs somebody to be the shark...Starring: Simon Cadell, Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc, Su Pollard, Jeffrey Holland, Leslie Dwyer.

Don't forget that Little Robots also continues each Tueday...

Little Robots : BBC2 - Tuesday 11th February : 9.30am

January 27, 2003: 'Hi-De-Hi!' Boxed Sets info
Hi-De-Hi! setsThe Hi-De-Hi! VHS and DVD boxed sets are scheduled to be available for general public sale on 3rd March 2003 (though this is still subject to final confirmation). They are currently cleared for mail order activity only. 

Further information when it is known.

Many thanks to Carolyn Bartholomew from the BBC for this update.

January 17, 2003: Su News - Bits & Pieces...
The Stage• UK "entertainment bible", 'The Stage' very recently featured a review of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs in Lincoln. We haven't managed to get hold of this as yet but as soon as we do it will be added to the FEATURES section - stay tuned!

Harry Potter• As it is revealed that the long-awaited fifth Harry Potter book instalment will be published later this year, those Su rumours just refuse to go away. For sometime now there have been murmurs that Su would be ideal for the role of Professor Trelawny in the third Harry Potter film. Significant visits to SuOnline continue to link from several Harry Potter websites and forums, implying that even Harry afficianados think the idea possible. Teletext on UK TV also mentioned the possiblity earlier this week - watch this space!

• Not directly related to Su, but worth a mention...Word is that series two of Gimme Gimme Gimme won't be released on DVD or video until near December '03.

January 12, 2003: Merry 'Hi-De-Hi!' Memories - Radio Times Shop
RT DVD/Video ShopThis week's 'Radio Times' magazine is advertising the Hi-De-Hi! DVD and VHS sets on their "Merry Memories/RT DVD/Video Shop" page.

Along with other classic BBC sitcoms, including Ever Decreasing Circles, Keeping Up Appearances, It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Yes Minister, they appear to be available to buy immediately.

DVD £22.99, VHS £17.99. Three discs/videos, 13 episodes.

January 12, 2003: Su - A NOISY 'Little Robot'!
It's Noisy!It's Noisy! These screen captures, from the first episode of Little Robots, reveal Noisy, the character Su voices in the new animated series. As you can see, Noisy rarely closes her mouth preferring, instead, to chat constantly!

As previously mentioned, Little Robots promo ads are appearing in many publications; 'Heat', 'Radio Times and 'Woman's Own' magazine, to name but three.

January 12, 2003: 'Snow White' programme & Su bio
Snow White prog/bioThis is the cover of the official programme for Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, Su's pantomime for December '02/January '03.

Snow White, with Su as the Wicked Queen, continues at the Theatre Royal in Lincoln until Sunday 26th February, that's two more weeks to catch Su being thoroughly wicked!

The panto programme includes a full page bio on Su; detailing  her professional roles from The Desert Song, Rose Marie and Grease in the 1970s, through to The Pirates Of Penzance and Annie in 2002.

Please click on the pic for ticket info on Snow White.

The cover picture of the programme was designed by Lincoln schoolboy, George Furlong.

January 11, 2003: 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' 
Heidi and TomGimme Gimme Gimme, with Su as Heidi Honeycomb - "singing teacher to the stars" - receives another welcome airing next month.

BBC Choice, soon to become BBC3, are currently repeating the entire third series and have episode five, 'Singin' In The Drain', listed for broadcast on Tuesday 11th February.

January 11, 2003: 'Little Robots' - TV Info
Little Robots : BBC2 - Tuesday 14th January : 9.30am
The Hiccalots. Stop-frame animation about Tiny and his Little Robot friends, who create their own world from the scrapheap on which they find themselves abandoned. Noisy gets a bad case of the hiccalots.

Little Robots : BBC2 - Tuesday 21stJanuary : 9.30am

January 9, 2003: More 'Little Robots'
Heat MagazineLittle Robots, including Su as Noisy, premiered on Tuesday morning on BBC2. 

Noisy was the main focus of the first episode, of a run of 13, with Su in great voice as the character tried to form a band.

It looks like the makers of the pre-school animated series are hoping to attract a "cult" student audience as they have placed full page adverts in a number of twenty/thirty something magazines this week, including this from 'Heat'. The tag line runs: "A new world of BIG IDEAS and heaps of fun".

The next instalment of Little Robots is next Tuesday, 14th January, 9.30am on BBC2

January 7, 2003: Those LITTLE ROBOTS are taking over...!
Little RobotsLittle Robots, starting this morning on BBC2, suddenly seems to be taking over the world!

The children's series has been mentioned on many News and Comedy based websites in the last few days, including Yahoo, Ananova, Chortle and Cartoons.com...

Ananova - Lenny Henry, Martin Clunes, Mel and Sue and Su Pollard are to provide the voices for a new BBC2 cartoon.

Little Robots is based on the children's book by Mike Brownlow and premieres on Tuesday January 7.

It stars Tiny and his little robot friends, who are pioneers, builders and architects of a brand new world.

Finding themselves abandoned on a metal scrap-heap, they use their combined skills, vision and imagination to turn the nuts, bolts and junk around them into a place they can call home.

Little Robots : Tuesday 7th January - BBC2 : 10.40am (Part 1 in a series of 13).

January 7, 2003: Mel & Sue, and Su
Mel and SueMel and Sue, who also voice characters in the new animated series Little Robots, alongside Su and a whole host of others, chatted about it on their BBC London radio show last Saturday morning. They spoke about the new children's series, and what it was like to work alongside Su!
January 4, 2003: 'Hi-De-Hi!' - Full pilot episode - BBC1 Tomorrow
Hi-De-Hi!Hi-De-Hi!' pilot episode, 'Hey Diddle Diddle', is shown tomorrow afternoon, 12.05pm, on BBC1. This is the full 40 minute rarely re-broadcast version of the first ever episode, not the edited version.

Hi-De-Hi! : Sunday 5th January - BBC1 : 12.05pm
The year, 1959. The place, Maplin’s Holiday Camp. The staff assemble for the new season to find an ex-university professor in charge of the entertainments.

Viewers in Scotland also have an extra helping of holiday camp capers this coming Thursday...

Hi-De-Hi! : Thursday 9th January - BBC2 Scotland : 4.00pm
No Dogs Allowed - Jeffrey is left with a large dog to look after. All pets being banned from Maplin’s he has to break in and try to keep it secretly in his chalet.

January 4, 2003: Welcome NOISY - Su stars in 'Little Robots'
The much anticipated children's series, Little Robots, begins this week. Su voices the character Noisy.

Little Robots : Tuesday 7th January - BBC2 : 10.40am
First in a new 13 part animation series about abandoned robots living on a scrapheap.  Noisy decides to form a band.

Little Robots is a brand new pre-school animation programme based on the acclaimed children's book by Mike Brownlow, published by Ragged Bears Publishing Ltd. The pilot show was produced for LMI by award-winning animation house Cosgrove Hall Films, whose credits include Danger Mouse, Count Duckula, Noddy and the new Bill & Ben. Written by top UK children's TV writers and voiced by leading comedy actors (Lenny Henry, Su Pollard, Darren Boyd and Jimmy Hibbert), the programme uses an innovative technique which combines model animation with CGI backgrounds and effects. 

The story focuses on Tiny Robot and his little friends, who are pioneers and architects of a brand new world. They have been abandoned on a scrapheap by the real world but, using the toolkit inside his head, Tiny sets about repairing his friends, and together they build a magical world of their own inside the scrapheap. Using their skill and imagination, they turn what we throw out nuts and bolts, metal and rubber - into homes, trees and flowers and even their own sun, moon and stars. 

January 4, 2003: 'Annie' in 2003
Su could once more be playing Miss Hannigan in Annie. A national tour of the hit musical is scheduled for Autumn 2003, and there is also a possibility that the full production may go to Kuala Lumper for a month around March.

More information on whether Su will participate with either as soon as it is available.

January 1, 2003: HAPPY NEW YEAR from Su & co.
Snow WhiteA very HAPPY NEW YEAR from Su to everyone who takes the time to visit SuOnline; newbies, all those who regularly drop in, and the just plain curious...Best wishes too from me, David, and Rob. 

Don't forget that Su continues to be the Wicked Queen in Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs right through until Sunday 26th January.

January 1, 2003: Welcometo the redesigned Su NEWS page...
Welcome to the redesigned Su Online NEWS section. Throughout this year absolutely everything that happens in SuLand will be reported on this very page. Forget PopBitch and all those other gossipy websites, you'll find all you want, and need, to know about Su right here before anyone else, 100% official and approved by the woman herself. Stay tuned for another 12 months of Su shenanigans, there's never a dull moment...

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