|They won't get me in the
jungle, vows Su
It's 25 years since classic
comedy Hi De Hi! left our TV screens - but kids
still call at Su Pollard's home asking for Peggy.
who lives off Liverpool Road, Islington, made her
name as the Maplins maid who dreamed of being a
it is a measure of the show's enduring popularity
that so many still remember it.
never mind people coming up to me and saying 'Hi
De Hi!', especially some of the younger ones -
especially when you think it was 25 years ago
now," says Su.
been repeated recently on UKTV Gold, which is how
they know me.
don't like to disappoint them so when they ask
for Peggy, so I always say 'No, I'm afraid
Peggy's not here at the moment but I'm sure
she'll be popping back later and I'll tell her
has spent the past weeks appearing in a
line-dancing competition on Channel Four's
Richard and Judy.
not too bad at dancing. However, I always say I
have trouble with my balls - the balls of my feet
that is. It's my weight transference. Singing
comes far more naturally to me.
am quite slow at learning dancing. I do get there
in the end but have to go over the moves. I won't
go into the jungle like Jordan did - but I will
55, first came to Islington in the 1980s when she
rented a flat near Upper Street. "It was
what some people might call a bit of a dodgy area
then," said Su.
was before it perked up, but I thought this area
had potential. I liked it straight away and I've
always loved living here.
love Mr Patel the newsagent over the road from my
house in Liverpool Road - they've got everything
you could want, and I love the way I can walk to
the West End.
love all my neighbours and the people you meet
here are marvellous. Everyone has a nice word for
everyone else and it doesn't matter if you're on
the TV or not. I'm very happy to be in the
borough and have no intention of
adds: "You see some of the families who grew
up with Hi-De-Hi! the first time and they've got
their own families now, and they are enjoying
what their mums did 25 years ago.
was lovely to do work on Hi-De-Hi! and do
something that was so popular. In its heyday in
its Christmas special edition it got an audience
of 26 million people, which is just an
inconceivable figure now."
signed up for the line dancing competition when
she returned from a holiday in Australia
following a stint as booze-guzzling, mean Miss
Hannigan in a touring production of Annie.
all systems go now," she says. "I've
also got a new series of Little Robots with Lenny
Henry and Martin Clunes and a fashion-shoot
coming up in New York.
love being busy and I won't close any doors but
I'll only do something if I like the vibe and
feel the quality of the work."
is also planning to return to the stage with a
one-woman show as she did in the 1980s. And she
will not rule out playing in her very own
always got great venues here like the Union
Chapel, it would be great," said Su.
"It was so much fun last time and I can't
wait to do it again.