2003: David Croft's autobiography
|Hot on the heels
of Jimmy Perry's 'A Stupid Boy', the
other co-creator of Hi-De-Hi!,
David Croft, has been in touch with Su's
mate, Rob Cope, with information about his
forthcoming autobigraphy. He hopes that
the book will be published this coming
As well as Hi-De-Hi!,
David was also, of course, responsible
for Dad's Army and It Ain't
Half Hot Mum with Jimmy Perry and Are
You Being Served? and 'Allo 'Allo
with Jeremy Lloyd.
information when it becomes available.
2003: Su - NOT going on a 'Summer
what you may see, or hear, Su would like
it confirmed that she will most
definitely NOT be appearing in the Summer
Holiday musical with Christopher
Biggins this year.
2003: 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' on BBC Prime
airing for the episode of Gimme Gimme
Gimme with Su as guest star.
Singing in the Drain.
Series 3, episode 5. Sitcom about two
flatmates who have nothing in common
apart from their outrageous attitude to
life and their taste in men. Linda
finally realises her ambition to become a
model, while Tom secures an audition for
a West End musical. Starring: Kathy
Burke, James Dreyfus, Brian Bovell, Beth
Goddard, Su Pollard, Jonathan Harvey.
Gimme Gimme : BBC Prime - Thursday 27th
February : 9.00pm
2003: Special Offer - 'Hi-De-Hi!' at the
people over at the BBC are offering
SuOnline visitors the chance to purchase
the Hi-De-Hi! DVD and video sets,
available on 3rd March, at a discounted
This is a very
generous gesture and a great opportunity
for anyone thinking of buying this great
email Carolyn Bartholomew at the BBC, firstname.lastname@example.org,
for further information on this offer.
thanks to Carolyn for all her help.
2003: 'Hi-De-Hi!' - Boxed sets are go...
stores are now featuring the Hi-De-Hi!
boxed sets prominently on their websites.
Universal Playback, the company behind
the release, have this to say:
The Hi-De-Hi! gang is in for a
big surprise at the start of the new
holiday season when Jeffrey Fairbrother (Simon
Cadell) becomes head of entertainment at
Maplin's Holiday Camp. Gladys Pugh (Ruth
Madoc) canıt take her eyes off him, and
wannabe Yellowcoat, Peggy (Su Pollard),
looks like she might get her dream job.
But what's in store for the campers? This
release features every episode from
Series One and Two of Hi-De-Hi!.
titles: Hey Diddle Diddle (Pilot), Desire
In The Mickey Mouse Grotto, The Beauty
Queen Affair, The Partridge Season, The
Day Of Reckoning, Charity Begins At Home,
No Dogs Allowed, If Wet - In The
Ballroom, Peggy's Big Chance, Lift Up
Your Minds, On With The Motley, A Night
Not To Remember, Sausages Or Limelight.
2003: Su on DVD - The Complete 'Peter
Rabbit & Friends'
gears up for Hi-De-Hi! being made
available (again) on DVD, it's worth
mentioning that Su already features on
the shiny new format. She is one of the
voices, among a star-studded cast,
included in the wonderful Peter Rabbit
& Friends Deluxe DVD set. This
contains all three volumes from the
classic family programme, plus two short
documentaries about Beatrix Potter, an
interactive game, interactive menu
screens, and scene access.
Disc One: 'The Tale of
Peter Rabbit & Benjamin Bunny', 'The
Tale of Flopsy Bunnies & Mrs.
Tittlemouse' and 'The Tale of Tom Kitten
and Jemima Puddleduck'. Disc Two:
'Tale of Pigling Bland', 'Tale of Samuel
Whiskers' and 'The Tailor of Gloucester'.
Disc Three: 'The Tale of Mrs
Tiggywinkle & Jeremy Fisher', 'The
Tale of Mr Tod & The Further
Adventures of Peter Rabbit' and 'The Tale
of 2 Bad Mice & Johnny Town Mouse'.
Featuring the voices of: Ian Holm ; Derek
Jacobi ; Patricia Routledge ; Richard
Wilson ; Hugh Laurie ; Su Pollard ;
Prunella Scales ; Rik Mayall.
2003: Su Update - January/February 2003
six weeks in Snow White And The Seven
Dwarfs, through December and January,
immediately after touring the UK in Annie
(which itself came hot on the heels
of eight months of touring in The
Pirates Of Penzance), Su is now
taking a well earned couple of week's
There are a
number of projects currently being
considered by Su for 2003, in theatre,
television and music. As soon as
she confirms details of these exciting
developments all relevant information
will appear here first. Stay tuned!
2003: Su - 'First Person Quiz'
completed the 'First Person' quiz. Some
of her answers were interesting, and
sweet as only Su can be...
First Memory: Patting a
huge St. Bernard dog.
Ambition: Always to be a performer.
Disillusionment: A "friend",
when I was 11, said she'd arranged for me
to sing with a band in a park, only to
get there & be told she'd made it up!
Stage Appearance: At the age of 6 in
a nativity play. I was an angel.
Screen Appearance: As a nun in a
commercial for an ice lolly.
Trip Abroad: To Athens, aged 18.
Alcoholic Drink: A pint of lager - I
Love: Colin, when I was 11.
Car/Motorcycle: Never had either -
Property Purchase: My house in London.
Thing I'd Save from a Fire: Myself
& anyone else - material things don't
Impression I Give: Friendly,
boisterous, maybe eccentric.
Thing I do with Time Off: Go for a
walk, have a bottle of wine & a good
2003: "Little Robots rocks!"
says Lenny Henry
|Lenny Henry, who
voices the robot Sporty, recently
commented: "I enjoyed working with
such talented colleagues. We had a lot of
fun. Little Robots rocks!"
Vanessa Chapman, Co-Executive
Producer, says: "A number of top
comedians have voiced pre-school series
in recent years, but Little Robots is the
first series to contain such a varied
wealth of the UK's comedy talent. They
really bring the characters to life - and
we've shown them the finished results and
Pollard voices Noisy, a robot who lives
her life as if it were a musical. With a
trumpet-like nose, she loves to sing -
and does so everywhere.
- BBCi Press Release.
2003: 'Hi-De-Hi!' - BBC1 next Sunday /
: BBC1 - Sunday 9th February : 1.00pm
comedy series set at Maplin's Holiday
Camp in the late 50s. Peggy the chalet
maid has a burning ambition to become a
Yellowcoat, so Jeffrey arranges an
interview for her. Meanwhile Ted is
planning a pool wheeze but needs somebody
to be the shark...Starring: Simon Cadell,
Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc, Su Pollard,
Jeffrey Holland, Leslie Dwyer.
forget that Little Robots also
continues each Tueday...
Robots : BBC2 - Tuesday 11th February
2003: 'Hi-De-Hi!' Boxed Sets info
VHS and DVD boxed sets are scheduled to
be available for general public sale on 3rd
March 2003 (though this is still subject
to final confirmation). They are
currently cleared for mail order activity
information when it is known.
thanks to Carolyn Bartholomew from the
BBC for this update.
2003: Su News - Bits & Pieces...
| UK "entertainment
bible", 'The Stage' very recently
featured a review of Snow White And
The Seven Dwarfs in Lincoln. We
haven't managed to get hold of this as
yet but as soon as we do it will be added
to the FEATURES section - stay tuned!
As it is revealed that
the long-awaited fifth Harry Potter
book instalment will be published later
this year, those Su rumours just refuse
to go away. For sometime now there have
been murmurs that Su would be ideal for
the role of Professor Trelawny in the
third Harry Potter film.
Significant visits to SuOnline continue
to link from several Harry Potter
websites and forums, implying that even
Harry afficianados think the idea
possible. Teletext on UK TV also
mentioned the possiblity earlier this
week - watch this space!
Not directly related to Su, but worth a
mention...Word is that series two of Gimme
Gimme Gimme won't be released on DVD
or video until near December '03.
2003: Merry 'Hi-De-Hi!' Memories - Radio
'Radio Times' magazine is advertising the
Hi-De-Hi! DVD and VHS sets on
their "Merry Memories/RT DVD/Video
Along with other
classic BBC sitcoms, including Ever
Decreasing Circles, Keeping Up
Appearances, It Ain't Half Hot Mum
and Yes Minister, they appear to be
available to buy immediately.
VHS £17.99. Three discs/videos, 13
2003: Su - A NOISY 'Little Robot'!
These screen captures, from the first
episode of Little Robots, reveal
Noisy, the character Su voices in the new
animated series. As you can see, Noisy
rarely closes her mouth preferring,
instead, to chat constantly!
As previously mentioned, Little
Robots promo ads are appearing in
many publications; 'Heat', 'Radio Times
and 'Woman's Own' magazine, to name but
2003: 'Snow White' programme & Su bio
|This is the
cover of the official programme for Snow
White And The Seven Dwarfs, Su's
pantomime for December '02/January '03.
Snow White, with Su as
the Wicked Queen, continues at the
Theatre Royal in Lincoln until Sunday 26th
February, that's two more weeks to catch
Su being thoroughly wicked!
panto programme includes a full page bio
on Su; detailing her professional
roles from The Desert Song, Rose
Marie and Grease in the 1970s,
through to The Pirates Of Penzance
and Annie in 2002.
click on the pic for ticket info on Snow
cover picture of the programme was
designed by Lincoln schoolboy, George
2003: 'Gimme Gimme Gimme'
Gimme, with Su as Heidi Honeycomb -
"singing teacher to the stars"
- receives another welcome airing next
BBC Choice, soon
to become BBC3, are currently repeating
the entire third series and have episode
five, 'Singin' In The Drain', listed for
broadcast on Tuesday 11th February.
2003: 'Little Robots' - TV Info
Robots : BBC2 - Tuesday 14th January
Hiccalots. Stop-frame animation about
Tiny and his Little Robot friends, who
create their own world from the scrapheap
on which they find themselves abandoned.
Noisy gets a bad case of the hiccalots.
Little Robots : BBC2 -
Tuesday 21stJanuary : 9.30am
2003: More 'Little Robots'
including Su as Noisy, premiered on
Tuesday morning on BBC2.
Noisy was the main focus of the
first episode, of a run of 13, with Su in
great voice as the character tried to
form a band.
looks like the makers of the pre-school
animated series are hoping to attract a
"cult" student audience as they
have placed full page adverts in a number
of twenty/thirty something magazines this
week, including this from 'Heat'. The tag
line runs: "A new world of BIG IDEAS
and heaps of fun".
next instalment of Little Robots
is next Tuesday, 14th January, 9.30am on
2003: Those LITTLE ROBOTS are taking over...!
starting this morning on BBC2, suddenly
seems to be taking over the world!
The children's series has been
mentioned on many News and Comedy based
websites in the last few days, including
Yahoo, Ananova, Chortle and Cartoons.com...
Ananova - Lenny
Henry, Martin Clunes, Mel and Sue and Su
Pollard are to provide the voices for a
new BBC2 cartoon.
Robots is based on the children's book by
Mike Brownlow and premieres on Tuesday
stars Tiny and his little robot friends,
who are pioneers, builders and architects
of a brand new world.
themselves abandoned on a metal scrap-heap,
they use their combined skills, vision
and imagination to turn the nuts, bolts
and junk around them into a place they
can call home.
Robots : Tuesday 7th January - BBC2 :
10.40am (Part 1 in a series of 13).
2003: Mel & Sue, and Su
|Mel and Sue, who
also voice characters in the new animated
series Little Robots, alongside Su
and a whole host of others, chatted about
it on their BBC London radio show last
Saturday morning. They spoke about the
new children's series, and what it was
like to work alongside Su!
2003: 'Hi-De-Hi!' - Full pilot episode -
pilot episode, 'Hey Diddle Diddle', is
shown tomorrow afternoon, 12.05pm, on BBC1.
This is the full 40 minute rarely re-broadcast
version of the first ever episode, not
the edited version.
: Sunday 5th January - BBC1 : 12.05pm
year, 1959. The place, Maplins
Holiday Camp. The staff assemble for the
new season to find an ex-university
professor in charge of the entertainments.
in Scotland also have an extra helping of
holiday camp capers this coming Thursday...
: Thursday 9th January - BBC2 Scotland :
Dogs Allowed - Jeffrey is left with a
large dog to look after. All pets being
banned from Maplins he has to break
in and try to keep it secretly in his
2003: Welcome NOISY - Su stars in 'Little
much anticipated children's series, Little
Robots, begins this week. Su voices
the character Noisy.
Robots : Tuesday 7th January - BBC2 :
in a new 13 part animation series about
abandoned robots living on a scrapheap.
Noisy decides to form a band.
Robots is a brand new pre-school
animation programme based on the
acclaimed children's book by Mike
Brownlow, published by Ragged Bears
Publishing Ltd. The pilot show was
produced for LMI by award-winning
animation house Cosgrove Hall Films,
whose credits include Danger Mouse, Count
Duckula, Noddy and the new Bill & Ben.
Written by top UK children's TV writers
and voiced by leading comedy actors (Lenny
Henry, Su Pollard, Darren Boyd and Jimmy
Hibbert), the programme uses an
innovative technique which combines model
animation with CGI backgrounds and
story focuses on Tiny Robot and his
little friends, who are pioneers and
architects of a brand new world. They
have been abandoned on a scrapheap by the
real world but, using the toolkit inside
his head, Tiny sets about repairing his
friends, and together they build a
magical world of their own inside the
scrapheap. Using their skill and
imagination, they turn what we throw out
nuts and bolts, metal and rubber - into
homes, trees and flowers and even their
own sun, moon and stars.
2003: 'Annie' in 2003
could once more be playing Miss Hannigan
in Annie. A national tour of the
hit musical is scheduled for Autumn 2003,
and there is also a possibility that the
full production may go to Kuala Lumper
for a month around March.
More information on whether Su
will participate with either as soon as
it is available.
2003: HAPPY NEW YEAR from Su & co.
|A very HAPPY NEW
YEAR from Su to everyone who takes the
time to visit SuOnline; newbies, all
those who regularly drop in, and the just
plain curious...Best wishes too from me,
David, and Rob.
Don't forget that Su continues
to be the Wicked Queen in Snow White
& The Seven Dwarfs right through
until Sunday 26th January.
2003: Welcometo the redesigned Su NEWS
to the redesigned Su Online NEWS section.
Throughout this year absolutely
everything that happens in SuLand will be
reported on this very page. Forget
PopBitch and all those other gossipy
websites, you'll find all you want, and
need, to know about Su right here before
anyone else, 100% official and approved
by the woman herself. Stay tuned for
another 12 months of Su shenanigans,
there's never a dull moment...