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.Annie Tour 2011: Four Days To Go!
Sunday 28th August, 2011 Theatre/Site News
There's now just four days to go until the start of the Annie tour.

Su, David and the Annie company have been busy rehearsing for the past fortnight. They open at the Theatre Royal, Lincoln on Thursday for a three day run of performances.

1 - 3 September • Theatre Royal, Lincoln
Box Office: 01522 519999 •

Please check back to Su Online later in the week when our new "Celebrating Su as Miss Hannigan" section will go live. A collective tribute to Su making the character her own, her final Annie tour and Su Online's 11th birthday!

View further info on the new tour, full dates and links to buy tickets,
here. Please also keep an eye on the official Annie tour Twitter for latest updates.

.Su on TV: Little Robots
Sunday 28th August, 2011 Television
Little Robots : BBC2 - Sunday 4th September : 6.00am
Where's Teddy? Stop-frame animation about Tiny and his Little Robot friends, who create their own world from the scrapheap on which they find themselves abandoned. Stripy loses Teddy and everyone joins in the search.
.Su Guesting on BBC Radio Manchester/Lancashire TONIGHT!
Wednesday 24th August, 2011 Radio Interview
Su is guesting on The John Barnes Show tonight on 'BBC Radio Manchester' and 'BBC Radio Lancashire'. John's show airs on both stations simultaneously.

John Barnes: 10.00pm - 1.00am
Su Pollard: Famous for playing Peggy in Hi Di Hi, actress Su Pollard is John Barnes' guest.

Listen online
here. The full show will be available to listen to at BBC iPlayer after it airs.
.Telegraph & Argus: Star Turn: From Peggy To Annie in Bradford
Wednesday 24th August, 2011 Interview
An interview with Su, from Bradford's 'Telegraph & Argus', published at the beginning of the month.

Actress's long and varied career

Su Pollard was the first – and possibly only – woman to sing Ava Maria in hotpants in a working men’s club.

On Opportunity Knocks she sang I’m Just A Girl Who Can’t Say No, and came runner-up to a performing dog.

So when she says she’s had more embarrassing moments in her career than most people have had hot dinners, I’m inclined to believe her.

This was the girl whose first taste of the spotlight was standing on a box, aged six, to announce the arrival of the Angel Gabriel in the school nativity play. She fell straight through the box, the audience howled with laughter and Su has been hooked on entertaining audiences ever since.

She returns to Bradford this summer, starring in rags-to-riches musical Annie.

• Read the full interview at the 'Telegraph & Argus' website,
.This is Lincolnshire: 'It All Started When I Fell Through A Box On Stage'
Friday 19th August, 2011 Interview
Su Pollard's first adventure into acting gave her not only a taste for the profession but also the thrill of getting a laugh from an audience.

Just six at the time, Su was playing an angel in the school nativity play. When she stood on a box to announce the arrival of Angel Gabriel, Su fell through the top.

"The director wanted me to stand on it as a makeshift platform," she says. "I was the Angel Gabriel's messenger, but my foot went through the lid.

"I just ad-libbed," says Su – quite brave for someone so young.

Su remembers the audience laughing, but knew they weren't being unkind. It gave her a buzz that stuck.

"I'm sure that was the start of it," she says. "I thought 'I could take to this'."

• Read the full interview at the 'This is Lincolnshire' website,
.Love Lincoln: Meets Su Pollard
Friday 19th August, 2011 Interview
Su Pollard chats to LoveLincoln.co.uk about her upcoming show Annie, landing on the stage of the Lincoln Theatre Royal on the 1st September.

How does it feel to be starring in Annie – one of the best-known musicals – for the last time? Why do you think it’s so popular?

I’m just so happy to have been in a show that brings a lot of warmth to people. Annie is a story of hope which appeals to everyone I think.

It’s popular for lots of reasons in my opinion. It’s full of great numbers and interesting characters – the list is endless. The dog Danny who plays Sandy in our show is great too, a real crowd pleaser. People love him!

• Read the full interview at the 'Love Lincoln' website,
.Bury Free Press: TV Stars Celebrate Milestone
Friday 19th August, 2011 Press Clips
A glamorous star-studded event was held at the Honington home of Dad’s Army writer David Croft at the weekend.

More than 150 guests attended the party at Honington Hall on Saturday which was organised to celebrate 35 years of Mr Croft’s television production company, Worldwide Theatrix Ltd - thought to be one of the oldest still in existence.

Ann Croft, David’s wife, said: “It was a marvellous party and went extremely well. I have thrown a lot of parties and I think it’s probably one of the best.”

The party, which had a 1930s theme, treated guests to food, drink, live music and fireworks. Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Cllr Christopher Spicer, joined a guest list of friends, family and stars, including Su Pollard, Amanda Donohoe, Jimmy Perry and Ian Lavender.

Writer and producer David Croft, 89, is famed for creating Dad’s Army, Are You Being Served? and ‘Allo ‘Allo.
.Suite 101: Interview with Actor, Michael Knowles
Friday 19th August, 2011 Interview
An interesting new interview with, It Ain't Half Hot, Mum, legend and Su's longtime friend, Michael Knowles has just been published by 'Suite 101'.

The RADA graduate who worked with writer, David Croft, on a variety of projects talks to Suite 101 about the man and gives his views on the comedy of today.

Captain Ashwood in It Ain't Half Hot Mum and The Honourable Teddy Meldrum in You Rang M'Lord? - these are two of the characters portrayed by the seventy-something actor for which he will always be remembered. After early stints on Dad's Army and Are You Being Served?, David Croft entrusted Michael Knowles to step into the breach and take on key roles in two of his greatest sitcoms.

• Read the full interview at the 'Suite 101' website,
here. They also interviewed Oh Dr Beeching! co-creator, Richard Spendlove last year too. Read that here.
.Newark Advertiser: Annie Stages Its Last Tour
Thursday 18th August, 2011 Interview
One of the most successful musicals of all time is back on tour for the last time. The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie returns to the Theatre Royal, Lincoln, from Thursday, September 1 to Saturday, September 3, presented by Chris Moreno, as part of its final tour.

This production sees Su Pollard return to her role as the cruel and crooked Miss Hannigan and David McAlister as Daddy Warbucks.

Su, who became a household name after starring in the hit comedies Hi-de-Hi and You Rang M’Lord, said she was looking forward to returning to Lincoln as this is where she first performed as Miss Hannigan.

She said: “Producer Chris Moreno first asked me to play the role seven years ago and I took over from Ruth Madoc. I was then asked to reprise the role two years ago and again for the last tour as Chris’s rights to produce the play finally run out.

• Read the full interview at the 'Newark Advertiser' website,
.Messenger: Su Pollard Talks About Playing Annie At The Palace
Thursday 18th August, 2011 Interview
It doesn’t seem 23 years since Su Pollard last played Hi-de-Hi’s Peggy, the chambermaid, whose uniform she still keeps. Unbelievably, she’s about to play Miss Hannigan in Annie for the fifth time in seven years on the musical’s final tour.

"It’s nice to do acting, nice to have fun and nice to dance even at my age," she says. "A good choreographer will design movements to suit you."

She believes being Peggy has helped her get other parts - even Shakespeare. Five years ago she played nurse in Romeo and Juliet.

"If it wasn’t for Peggy, I wouldn’t have my lovely house or the work I have done since,” says the bubbly mistress of stage and screen. If every new character you play is believable, people will forget Peggy."

• Read the full interview at the 'Messenger' website,
.This Morning: Screen Captures
Tuesday 16th August, 2011 Television
As previously mentioned, Su guested on This Morning last Friday. She joined Matt Evers of Dancing On Ice to chat about the fun topics included in that day's newspapers, with guest hosts Colleen Nolan and Paddy McGuinness. Please click on our screen captures for larger versions.

.This Morning: Watch Online At 'ITV Player'
Tuesday 16th August, 2011 Television
Friday's This Morning, including a guest apppearance from Su, is available to watch at 'ITV Player'. It will only remain online for the next three days so please catch it while you can.

.The Lincolnite: Su Pollard Lights Up Lincoln’s Stage
Saturday 13th August, 2011 Interview
A great new interview with Su, from 'The Lincolnite', published yesterday.

Su Pollard of Hi-de-Hi! fame returns to Lincoln this September to reprise her role as Miss Hannigan in the hit musical Annie.

The show kicks off a four-month tour on September 1 at Lincoln’s Theatre Royal where Pollard will be treading the boards as the devious Miss Hannigan for the final time, having played the character for the best part of a decade.

Pollard is no stranger to Lincoln, having performed here on numerous occasions.
“I’ve been here loads. I’ve been coming to Lincoln probably since about 1974. For me it’s changed so much for the better. They’ve made it really pretty.

“Of course there’s a fantastic university and I love the shops. I’ve always loved the Bailgate. They seem to have spent a lot of money around Lincoln. The people are always great. They say ‘eh up duck’.”

• Read the full interview at 'The Lincolnite' website,
.Su on TV: This Morning
Saturday 13th August, 2011 Television
Su guested on yesterday's edition of This Morning on ITV1.

Unfortunately we couldn't bring you details on this beforehand. However, do check back soon for some screen caps from Su's appearance.

The programme should also be available to watch soon at
ITV Player, and Su may possibly feature in one of This Morning's weekend highlights shows on ITV1.
.Telegraph & Argus: TV Star Su Pollard Visits Stage 84
Friday 12th August, 2011 Press Clips
Actress Su Pollard, who will star in rags-to-riches musical Annie at the Alhambra Theatre, met these young actors who will join her in the production.

Nine young pupils at the Stage 84 performing arts school in Idle will play orphans in the show, under the watchful eye of the Hi-De-Hi actress’s dastardly Miss Hannigan.

Annie runs at the Alhambra from September 6 to 10. For tickets, ring (01274) 432000.

• View the full article at the 'Telegraph & Argus' website,

.Su To Record 'Tallulahballoo' for ' There's Something About You' CD
Sunday 7th August, 2011 Music
Su will be guesting on Richard Kates' forthcoming new album 'There's Something About You: More Words And Music Of Richard Kates', performing the track 'Tallulahballoo'.

Richard's latest album will be released later this year, and features more West End stars singing 13 brand new songs.

As well as Su, others include Lynda Baron, Jessica Martin, Craig Revel Horwood and Lucy Benjamin.

Su previously guested on Richard's 1995 album ' Among Friends: The Words And Music Of Richard Kates', performing the song 'I Wanna Be In London'.

View some
fantastic footage of Su, in fine voice, at her first rehearsal for 'Tallulahballoo' over at 'You Tube'. Please click on the screen caps below for larger versions.

.Su on TV: Daily Cooks Challenge
Sunday 7th August, 2011 Television
ITV's Daily Cooks Challenge which featured Su re-airs again later this month on ITV3. This was originally broadcast on ITV1 August 2009.

Daily Cooks Challenge : ITV3 - Thursday 18th August : 4.05pm
Daily Cooks Challenge : ITV3 +1 - Thursday 18th August : 5.05pm

Gino D'Acampo and Jo Pratt compete to impress actress and presenter Su Pollard with their menu of crispy tarragon chicken and calves' liver with rosemary and garlic sauce. Antony Worrall Thompson hosts. Also airing on ITV3 HD.

.Loose Women: Screen Captures
Thursday 4th August, 2011 Television
A selection of screen captures from Su's Loose Women interview, which aired earlier today.

This was, yet another, fun filled and fantastic guest appearance from Su. She arrived to the audience chant of "Su!, Su!, Su!" and is surely one of the ITV show's most popular visitors?

Su chatted about Annie, Benidorm, and working on putting her one-woman-show back on the road next year. Su rounded off her guest slot by giving a mini, 30 second, makeover to a very under dressed man, amidst more chants of "Su!".

Please click on the caps for larger versions. This edition of Loose Women will be repeated on ITV2 tomorrow morning and may also be available on the ITV Player.

Loose Women : ITV2 - Friday 5th August : 7.15am
Topical debate from a female perspective. Su Pollard joins Kate Thornton, Denise Welch, Carol McGiffin and Lynda Bellingham to chat about current events this lunchtime. (Also airing on ITV2 +1 at 8.15am).

.Su on TV: Loose Women - Tomorrow!
Wednesday 3rd August, 2011 Television
Further to Monday's news update on Su guesting on Loose Women, we can now confirm that she will be appearing on tomorrow's show. This airs at 12.30pm on ITV1, with repeats on ITV2 later in the day and next morning (full times and details below).

Loose Women : ITV1 - Thu 4th Aug : 12.30pm
Loose Women : ITV2 - Thu 4th Aug : 4.40pm
Loose Women : ITV2 - Fri 5th Aug : 7.15am

Topical debate from a female perspective. Su Pollard joins Kate Thornton, Denise Welch, Carol McGiffin and Lynda Bellingham to chat about current events this lunchtime. (Also airing on the respective +1 channels).
.Su Newsy Bits & Pieces!
Wednesday 3rd August, 2011 Newsy Bits
• Little Theatre Company's Hi-de-Hi! had a successful week's run at the Brewhouse, Burton upon Trent last month. Elaine Pritchard, at www.badac.org, said :

"Little Theatre Company has won support from comedy writer David Croft ahead of tonight’s opening of their production of the stage version of his television classic Hi-De-Hi.

David Croft (who also co-wrote Dad’s Army and ‘Allo ‘Allo which Little Theatre Company have previously performed) spotted details of the show on the social network “Twitter” and has been “re-tweeting” it to his followers.

A few weeks ago the company received a personal ‘break a leg’ message from actress Su Pollard who found fame playing chalet maid Peggy

• Su recently attended the Press Night of Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London. The show runs until 13th August.

• The latest series of Celebrity Big Brother launches later this month on Channel Five. Various websites and forums have already went into overdrive on who will be appearing and, as always happens, there is much mention of Su being a celebrity housemate... Su will soon begin rehearsals for Annie's UK tour which opens at the beginning of September, so unless she can be in two places at the one time...
.Su on TV: Loose Women
Monday 1st August, 2011 Television
Su is scheduled to guest on ITV1's Loose Women at some point this week. The show airs each weekday lunchtime at 12.30pm.

Su's Loose Women interviews are always highly entertaining so please do tune in, or record, each day if you don't want to miss her. Apologies that we can't bring you the specific day.

This will be Su's first visit to the Loose Women studios for around a year.

Loose Women : ITV1 - Weekdays : 12.30pm
Join the Loose Ladies for some fiery non-stop lunchtime chat and fun, with celebrity guests every day.

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