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.This Is The West Country: Hi-de-Hi to Su Pollard in Annie at The Octagon Theatre
Wednesday 30th March, 2011 Press Clips
Hilarious Su Pollard is promising audiences will go home happy after watching the forthcoming show of Annie at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil.

Su, who made herself a household name during the 1980s in the sitcom Hi-de-Hi in which she played the scatty chalet maid Peggy Ollerenshaw, stars as the dastardly Miss Hannigan in the much-loved musical which will be performed at the Octagon from April 11-16.

And Su, speaking to the Express, said: “We’ve been touring with Annie since August, so we are heavily bedded-in.

“It’s a wonderful show with some great songs and I am confident that the people of Yeovil will go home happy after watching.”

Su is looking forward to appearing at the Octagon and said she last performed on the Yeovil stage more than ten years ago in a performance of Abigail’s Party.

• Read the full report at the 'This is the West Country' website,
.Northants Herald & Post: Acting's No Hard Knock Life For Su
Tuesday 29th March, 2011 Interview
A new interview with Su, published yesterday by 'Northants Herald & Post'.

Childhood memories can come flooding back in a variety of ways.

It can happen out of the blue by hearing a sound, a distinctive odour, seeing an object, visiting a favourite location or being asked a question.

In the case of Su Pollard it was recalling the day she fell off her bike when she was five years old and a little boy put his arm around her and kissed her.

Not much in the scale of things but it is similar to the heart warming sensation people get when watching the musical Annie.

• Read the full interview at the 'Northants Herald & Post' website,
.Annie 2011: Derngate Theatre, Northampton
Tuesday 29th March, 2011 Theatre
Su and the Annie cast are in Northampton this week, playing at the Derngate Theatre. This looks set to be a great week of performances at this beautiful theatre.

There will be matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. View further information about the Derngate Theatre, Northampton, book tickets online and browse show times and location details at the theatre's website,

Tuesday 29th March - Saturday 2nd April • Derngate Theatre, Northampton
www.royalandderngate.co.uk/ [ Box Office: 01604 624811 ]
Royal & Derngate, 1 Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP
.Sunday Mercury: Nostalgia: Hi-de-Hi! Remembered
Sunday 27th March, 2011 Press Clips
The 'Sunday Mercury' have just published a new Hi-de-Hi! feature at their website.

HI-DE-HI! (1980-88)

Hi-de-Hi, campers! To which everyone should now reply ‘Ho-de-ho!’

Welcome to Maplins holiday camp in the late 1950s, a place full of cheery yellowcoats, ambitious chalet maids and acts with varying degrees of ability to entertain.

Take Mr Partridge, the 74-year-old Punch and Judy man, who wasn’t the ideal children’s entertainer because he didn’t like children but did like a drink.

At least the holidaymakers enjoyed watching comic Ted Bovis (Paul Shane) and his gormless sidekick Spike Dixon, played by Walsall-born Jeffrey Holland, who was spotted by creators Jimmy Perry and David Croft when he appeared in the stage version of Dad’s Army.

Ruth Madoc was the oh-so-Welsh Gladys Pugh, the chief yellowcoat and sports organiser in charge of making the Tannoy announcements, complete with three-note xylophone chime.

• View the full feature at the 'Sunday Mercury' website,

.Annie 2011: Caird Hall, Dundee
Tuesday 22nd March, 2011 Theatre
It's week eight of Annie's 2011 UK tour and the gang are in sunny Dundee from this evening for a week of shows, at Caird Hall, through until Saturday night.

There will be matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. View further information about Caird Hall, Dundee, book tickets online and browse show times and location details at the theatre's website,

Tuesday 22nd - Saturday 26th March • Caird Hall, Dundee
www.cairdhall.co.uk/ [ Box Office: 01382 434940 ]
Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, Angus, DD1 3BB

Update (24th March): Su popped into St Margaret's Hospice charity shop in Dundee Town Centre yesterday, meeting customers and staff.

.BBC Radio Northampton: The Bernie Keith Show: Su Interview
Tuesday 22nd March, 2011 Radio/Interview
Su guested again on The Bernie Keith Show on 'BBC Radio Northampton' yesterday. She chatted about Annie, first realising she was comedic, constantly touring, socialising in London, good skin and more.

Su Pollard talks about her role as Mrs Hannigan in Annie. Pete Cooper has the DVD review and is joined by Michael Hirst, creator of The Tudors and the programme's costume designer Joan Bergin.

Su appears around 2hrs, 37mins into the three hour show and the fun interview runs for approximately 12 minutes.

The Bernie Keith Show is available to listen to at BBC iPlayer,
here, for the next six days Annie plays Derngate Theatre, Northampton from next Monday.
.Su, Scarlett & Garry in Liverpool
Tuesday 22nd March, 2011 • Thanks to Louise Richardson Photographs
Su said hello to another of her younger fans last Saturday in Liverpool. Here's a great photo of Su, with two-and-a-half year old Scarlett along with her Dad, Garry. Scarlett is a big fan of Annie and Miss Hannigan and her mum, Louise, says she was thrilled to meet Su.

.Annie 2011: 'Click Liverpool' Review
Wednesday 16th March, 2011 Theatre Review
Liverpool Empire Theatre
By Jeanette Smith

Annie Shines at Liverpool Empire

The story opens in the New York Municipal Orphanage in 1933 where Annie has been deposited by her parents, promising to return for her. We see the dormitory where the orphans sleep and Annie is trying to comfort them.

Then enters Miss Hannigan, the stern supervisor who is always up for a swig of the bottle. Played with verve by the irrepressible Su Pollard (Hi-de-Hi) she puts in a very funny laugh-out-loud performance, which at times morphs into pantomime. Whenever she is on stage you are sure of a giggle as she acts her heart out bringing much needed comedy to the backdrop of America’s1930s depression. And her singing voice is a revelation, using it to fantastic effect.

• Read the full review at the 'Click Liverpool' website,
.Su & Teddy At Kings Lynn Corn Exchange
Wednesday 16th March, 2011 • Thanks to Charlie Adams Photographs
Su met up with one of her youngest fans at the Kings Lynn Corn Exchange last Saturday afternoon after Annie's matinee. Teddy Adams, pictured with Su below, had a great time and enjoyed the show so much he wants to see it again.

.Annie 2011: Liverpool Empire Theatre
Tuesday 15th March, 2011 Theatre
Su, David and the Annie cast and crew are in the wonderful city of Liverpool this week. The show opens tonight at the legendary Empire Theatre for a run of performances through until Saturday night.

There will be matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. View further information about Liverpool Empire Theatre, book tickets online and browse show times and location details at the theatre's website, here.

Tuesday 15th - Saturday 19th March • Liverpool Empire Theatre
www.liverpoolempire.org.uk/ [ Box Office: 0844 847 2525 ]
Liverpool Empire, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 1JE

.Su on TV: Little Robots
Saturday 12th March, 2011 Television
Little Robots : BBC2 - Saturday 12th March : 6.35am
The Wind Machine. Stop-frame animation about Tiny and his Little Robot friends, who create their own world from the scrapheap on which they find themselves abandoned. Tiny makes a wind machine so that Scary's bunting will flutter. Featuring the voices of Emma Chambers, Martin Clunes, Lenny Henry and Su Pollard.

Little Robots : BBC2 - Sunday 13th March : 6.35am
The Odd Couple Noisy moves in with Stripy, but soon outstays his welcome. The Sparkies and Tiny find a solution, but only end up making things worse.

Little Robots : BBC2 - Monday 14th March : 6.40am
Good Sport Sporty Sporty offers to help his friends finish their jobs, and ends up getting lumbered with all the work while they enjoy a game of Botball.

NB: Little Robots is currently showing daily on BBC2 around 6.40am. It is also still airing numerous times daily on BBC Entertainment for overseas viewers.

.Chester Chronicle: Su Pollard Stars in Annie at Liverpool Empire
Saturday 12th March, 2011 Press Clips
Heart-warming rags-to-riches musical Annie comes to the Liverpool Empire from March 15-19.

Annie’s adventures from Miss Hannigan’s orphanage to the luxurious home of Oliver Warbucks form a story that has been told across the world for decades. First seen on stage in 1976, this show deserves its reputation as one of the best loved family musicals of all time.

Star of stage and screen Su Pollard (Hi-de-Hi!) reprises her role as the dastardly Miss Hannigan and David McAlister (Hollyoaks, EastEnders) makes a return as billionaire businessman Oliver Warbucks.

The cast also includes 90s pop star Nicki French as Mrs Greer, Any Dream Will Do’s Rob McVeigh as Bert Healy and West End stalwart Audrey Leybourne playing Mrs Pugh. The show has a memorable score, including It’s A Hard Knock Life, Easy Street and, of course, Tomorrow.

Ring the box office on 0844 847 2525 or visit

Annie at Kings Lynn Corn Exchange received a great review this week in 'EDP: Eastern Daily Press' print edition. (Thanks to Paul Evans for the info)

.Oh Doctor Beeching! - The Complete Collection DVD - Winner!
Tuesday 8th March, 2011 Competition
Thank you to everyone who entered our Oh Doctor Beeching! - The Complete Collection DVD competition. We had dozens of entries, with most of you giving the correct answer, which was, of course, Sherrie Hewson.

All correct entries were put into a hat (ok, a cardboard box) and the winner drawn was... Zoe Stevens. Congratulations, your prize is already heading your way Zoe.
.Annie 2011: Kings Lynn Corn Exchange
Sunday 6th March, 2011 Theatre
Su and the Annie cast and crew are in Kings Lynn this coming week. The show opens tomorrow evening at the Kings Lynn Corn Exchange for a week of performances through until Saturday night.

There will be matinees on Thursday and Saturday. View further information about Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, book tickets online and browse show times and location details at the theatre's website, here.

Monday 7th - Saturday 12th March • Kings Lynn Corn Exchange
www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk/ [ Box Office: 01553 764864 ]
King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 1JW

.BBC Radio Norfolk: The Stephen Bumfrey Show: Su Interview
Wednesday 2nd March, 2011 Radio/Interview
Su guested on The Stephen Bumfrey Show yesterday afternoon on 'BBC Radio Norfolk'.

Stephen chats to legendary singer Vince Hill. Plus Su Pollard talks about her upcoming part in Annie at the King's Lynn Corn Exchange.

Su chats, of course, about Annie and playing Miss Hannigan, as well as materialism, travelling, luggage, clothes, cars and more.

Su appears around 2hr, 13m into the show and the interview runs for approximately nine minutes. The interview is available to listen to at BBC iPlayer until next Tuesday afternoon. Listen

• Su's interview on BBC Radio Solent's The Katie Martin Show is still available, until 4pm today, to listen to at BBC iPlayer, here. Su's interview starts approximately 1hr 35m into the show.

• A great review of Annie at The Mayflower, Southampton by 'Soliloquy'. View here.