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.Su Online News Archive: March 2011
Wednesday 29th June, 2011 Site News
We will soon be bringing you details on the forthcoming next leg of the Annie 2011 UK Tour. In the meantime, our Su news for March 2011 has now been archived. Visit our archive here.

.Donald Hewlett 1922 - 2011
Wednesday 29th June, 2011  
We are once again sad to report the passing of a well loved cast member of several David Croft comedies, Donald Hewlett.

Donald will be best remembered as Colonel Reynolds in all eight series of It Ain't Half Hot Mum which ran from 1974 until 1981. It was in this series he formed an on-screen comedy partnership with Michael Knowles which continued in Come Back Mrs. Noah (1978) and most memorably in You Rang, M'Lord ? (1988 - 1993) which saw them paired as Lord George Meldrum and his younger brother Teddy.

In a career spanning more than 50 years, Donald appeared in many top rated series such as Coronation Street, Doctor Who, The Avengers, Are You Being Served ? and The Dick Emery Show. He was also seen in the films Carry On Behind and Adolf Hitler - My Part In His Downfall.

Our sympathies go out to Donald's wife, Therese McMurray, and his children at this sad time.

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.One Nation - Interview with Su Pollard
Wednesday 29th June, 2011 Interview
Su's fab interview, from 2009, with 'One Nation' is still available to read online. Andrew Howard talks to Su on the set of SHOUT! The 60s Musical. Please click below to read the interview.

.Su on TV: Gimme Gimme Gimme
Thursday 2nd June, 2011 Television
Gimme Gimme Gimme : GOLD - Tuesday 7th June : 11.40pm
Gimme Gimme Gimme : GOLD +1 - Wednesday 8th June : 00.40am
Gimme Gimme Gimme : GOLD - Wednesday 8th June : 1.35am
Gimme Gimme Gimme : GOLD +1 - Wednesday 8th June : 2.35am

Singing in the Drain. Series 3, episode 5. Kathy Burke in the in-your-face comedy with the hapless flatmates with every personality flaw going. Linda finally realises her ambition to become a model. Starring: Kathy Burke, James Dreyfus, Brian Bovell, Beth Goddard, Su Pollard and Jonathan Harvey.

• View Su Online's Gimme Gimme Gimme page at our Television section, here.

.HFM Radio: Dave Smith Show: Su Interview
Thursday 2nd June, 2011 Interview
Just added to 'SoundCloud', listen to a great interview with Su, here. She chatted with Dave Smith on his show on Harborough based radio station HFM late last year.

.Back To Maplins: Details Announced
Thursday 19th May, 2011 Events
Jo and Tony Tarran have announced Back To Maplin's 2011, a Hi-de-Hi! themed event following on from their highly acclaimed events in 2007 and 2009. Once again the focal point will be the Cliff Hotel in Dovercourt where the series was filmed and will take place over the weekend of Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th October. Tickets for the weekend activities will cost 34.50 each.

Saturday will start with a Vintage Bus Tour of locations followed by an afternoon with cream tea refreshments at the Electric Palace Cinema - seen in the show in the series 8 episode "Only The Brave" - watching Hi-de-Hi! on the big screen plus some rare clips !

Sunday sees a two-course carvery lunch in the 'Hawaiian Ballroom' at the Cliff Hotel with entertainment and a host of special guests joining us.

More details will be available nearer to the event. Previous guests have included Jeffrey Holland, Ruth Madoc, Su Pollard, Paul Shane, Barry Howard and many others.

• Please visit the 'Hi-de-Hi.net' news page,
here, for further info and details on how to book tickets for this event.
.Su & Lottie
Thursday 19th May, 2011 Photographs
A great photo of Su & Lottie. Courtesy of those wonderful folk at Hospicecare.

.Annie 2011: More Rave Reviews For Su!
Monday 9th May, 2011 Theatre
The first leg of the 2011 UK tour of Annie has been another roaring success. Su, and the show, have yet again received fantastic reviews as Annie has travelled the UK, delighting audiences along the way. Don't miss the final opportunity to catch Su as Miss Hannigan later this year!

.Annie 2011: 'Cambs Times' Review
Monday 9th May, 2011 Theatre Review
The Broadway Theatre, Peterborough
By Kelly Felstead

If heart-warming rags-to-riches tales are your cup of tea the all-time classic Annie might be the musical to get your toes tapping and heart thumping. Currently touring around the country, this new production stopped off last week at The Broadway Theatre, Peterborough, for a five-night-run.

Starring former Hi-de-Hi actress Su Pollard as Miss Hannigan, the cruel, drunk orphanage owner, and David McAlister as Oliver Warbucks, this lively and thoroughly entertaining show was certainly well received by the audience.

Su’s excellent portrayal of Miss Hannigan, staggering across the stage taking dramatic sips from a bottle, was more humorous than nasty tyrant and got many laughs and claps from an amused audience.

• Read the full review at the 'Cambs Times' website,
.Annie 2011: 'North Devon Journal' Review
Monday 9th May, 2011 Theatre Review
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
By Catherine Fraser

Such is the affection in which Annie is held that the audience at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth on opening night were clapping along to a medley of songs from the show played by the orchestra before the curtain even went up. They were still clapping – and singing and standing – after the final curtain had fallen two and a half hours later.

Su Pollard, much-loved for her role in Hi-De-Hi, brought real humour to the role of the wicked, drunken orphanage manager and showed she has lost none of her comic timing, while her impressive singing voice shone through in Easy Street.

• Read the full review at the 'This is Devon' website,
.Annie 2011: The Broadway Theatre, Peterborough
Monday 2nd May, 2011 Theatre
It's the final week, for the time being, of the Annie 2011 UK Tour. The show plays The Broadway Theatre, Peterborough from tomorrow evening. Su and the cast will be back soon with Annie. Full confirmed Autumn tour dates announced soon.

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

Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 7th May • The Broadway Theatre, Peterborough
www.thebroadwaytheatre.co.uk/ [ Box Office: 0844 850 0850 ]
The Broadway Theatre, 46 Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1RT
.Annie 2011: 'Herald Express' Review
Sunday 1st May, 2011 Theatre Review
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
By Bill Stone

Can this musical ever fail? It's feel-good all the way.

It has a tear-jerker, rags-to-riches narrative about a waif in a paupers' institution. Though befriended by a wealthy man, her future is threatened by imposters pretending to be her parents in order to claim a reward.

There's loads of corn twice as high as an elephant's eye, and an ebullient bunch of scrapamuffin little girls. And a dog. Plus plenty of catchy songs ranging from kitschy tugging at the heart strings to jolly knees-ups.

• Read the full review at the 'This is Devon' website,