|ITV1 Teletext's TV Plus section
paid tribute to Hi-De-Hi! in a
seven page feature, as their "Golden
Oldie" over the Bank Holiday weekend...
Age: A kiss-me-quick
institution of 22 years.
Appearance: Comedy capers
in a '50s holiday camp.
Was It Good?: The writing of
Jimmy Perry and David Croft, the men
behind Dad's Army. Though it wasn't
quite a classic, the many innuendoes and
catchphrases of the Yellowcoats made it
aninstant hit with millions of viewers.
Did It Begin?: Co-writer Jimmy
Perry had been a Butlins Redcoat many
years before so he knew the world of
holiday camps was well worth lampooning.
But real life holiday camp owners were
not so pleased, especially as the BBC1
comedy played on the old-fashioned cheap
and cheerful knockabout image they were
so desperate to bury.
there was no stopping the show - it ran
for 70 episodes over nine years until
1989, with audiences of over 16m.
Was It About?: Set at Maplins
Holiday Camp at Crimpton-On-Sea in the '50s
and '60s, it promoted the joys of chalet
life. The main stars were Ruth Madoc as
snobby Welsh Yellowcoat Gladys Pugh; Su
Pollard as dopey chalet maid Peggy; Paul
Shane as spivvy comic Ted Bovis; and
Simon Cadell as entertainments boss
real joke was it underplayed how bad
holiday camps really were.
Who Else Was In It?: Barry Howard and
Diane Holland were snooty ballroom
dancers Barry & Yvonne. Barry once
worked at a real camp where plastic
blossom was put onto the trees. Jeffrey
Holland was budding comic Spike; Leslie
Dwyer was child-hating kid's entertainer
Mr Partridge, while Felix Bowness donned
jockey silks as Fred Quilley who looked
after thecamp horses.
Were The Best Bits?: Gladys Pugh (Ruth
Madoc), was the voice of Radio Maplins,
who would wake up campers every morning
over the tannoy.
She Irritating?: Just a tad.There
were no lie-ins for the proles. Gladys
would boom out the day's events with the
greeting "Hi-De-Hi!", followed
by a weary reply of "Ho-De-Ho!"
from the campers. A romance with Jeffrey
Fairbrother failed but she married Clive
Dempster in the finale pisode.
Did It End?: You can't laugh
at glamorous granny competitions and
knobbly knees contests forever. It was 'Hi-De-Hi!'
time it finished.
Happened To The Cast?: Many of them
returned in other guises in David Croft
and Jimmy Perry's Upstairs, Downstairs
spoof You Rang, M'Lord? and the
railway comedy Oh, Doctor Beeching!
It Be Revived?: It is regularly
shown on UK Gold and a new set of videos
has just gone on sale.
Features: Yellow blazers, camp humour in
more ways than one, silly games for
Say: "Archetypal British comedy
which puts most of today's sitcoms to
Not Say: "Smutty end-of-the-pier
humour which has no place on TV now. It
was worse than chalet bed bugs or awful
holiday camp food".
To Be Confused With:Holidays From
Hell; Colditz; ex-Hollywood
madame Heidi Fleiss; Camp David.
Su Online's 'Hi-De-Hi!'