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Christmas, 2003: Happy Christmas from all at SuOnline!

Happy Christmas

December 24, 2003: Su's 2003!
Su and NoisyAs 2003 draws to a close everyone at SuOnline, and Su herself, wish all visitors a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy, and peaceful, 2004.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to visit, making this year the website's most successful yet.

2003 has been an incredibly busy and diverse year for Su: from Little Robots to Snow White, with Annie, The Vagina Monologues and much, much more inbetween.

Relive Su's 2003 by clicking into the SuOnline News Archive.

December 24, 2003: More 'Hi-De-Hi!' on DVD?
play.com are currently advertising a second Hi-De-Hi! boxed set:

Hi De Hi: Series 3 & 4 (3 Discs)
Every episode from series 3 and 4 of the classic TV comedy

Please note: The BBC informed SuOnline that this release is still "provisional" and have not been confirmed for definite release as yet.

December 24, 2003: Su on Christmas TV *update*
English Time : BBC Prime - Wednesday 24th December : 5.30am
Get the Meaning - Gut the Gameshow. 
Su Pollard hosts an anarchic look at television gameshows.
Hi-De-Hi! : UK Gold - Thursday 25th December : 6.00am
Hi-De-Hi! : UK Gold - Friday 26th December : 3.45am
Hi-De-Hi! : UK Gold Plus 1 - Friday 26th December : 4.45am
God Bless Our Family. Series 7, episode 4. 
Holiday camp sitcom. Clive's family arrives en masse to stop his marriage to Gladys. Starring: David Griffin, Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc, Su Pollard, Jeffrey Holland, and Felix Bowness.
Hi-De-Hi! : UK Gold - Friday 26th December : 7.40am
Hi-De-Hi! : UK Gold - Friday 26th December : 11.40am
Tell It to the Marines. Series 8, episode 1. 
Holiday camp sitcom. Peggy's piano playing leads Ted to take desperate measures. Starring: Kenneth Connor, Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc, Su Pollard, and Jeffrey Holland.
That Was The Week We Watched : BBC2 - Sunday 28th December : 10.30pm
By the first week in November 1982, the nation was welcoming Channel 4 into their homes and, with it, Countdown, Brookside, and The Tube. Meanwhile, Hi-De-Hi! was establishing itself as a popular sitcom, while The Boys From the Blackstuff was the pride of BBC2 and BBC1 had Tenko.
Hi-De-Hi! : UK Gold - Wednesday 31st December : 11.40am
Hi-De-Hi! : UK Gold Plus 1 - Wednesday 31st December : 12.40pm
Tell It to the Marines. Series 8, episode 1. 
Holiday camp sitcom. Peggy's piano playing leads Ted to take desperate measures. Starring: Kenneth Connor, Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc, Su Pollard, and Jeffrey Holland.
December 16, 2003: 'Snow White' - BBCi Review
Snow White - @ BBCiSnow White at the Hexagon in Reading is a good, old-fashioned panto - in the best sense of the world.

Our stage correspondent saw kids jumping up and down and adults giggling like loons - fantastic!

If you ever want to explain the peculiar British sense of camp fun to anyone, take them to a good pantomime. And if you want a good pantomime, you need the right cast: a children's TV presenter and Bouncer from Neighbours are not necessarily cut out for the job...

Su Pollard and Christopher Lillicrap, however, clearly are. It takes talent to be able to turn from a simpering cleaning maid to a thoroughly booable evil queen. Christopher Lillicrap has done a masterful job as writer, combining almost every single panto cliche you've paid good money to see into a couple of fun-packed hours. People who complain about the TV generation would have been amazed by the kids' ability to play along with set pieces like "it's behind you!", "oh no we're not!" and the rest.

There was of course all the usual excellent, heart-warming magic and fun (bunnies, the great cake-making scene, gratuitous dancing to pop songs). The older children were treated to that particular brand of eye-popping double entendre courtesy of Mr Lillicrap ("ooh, look at that saucy gentleman - Father Christmas has nothing on you..."), but one thing that seemed interesting was the choice of songs. The musical numbers were slick and entertaining - a rarity in regional panto - but some of the songs hailed from the '60s, '70s and '80s. All very appropriate and enjoyable, but some of the littler ones were getting slightly restless at that point. S Club's "Reach" was the exception and a real high moment, though.

It's hard to fault this production, and it goes highly recommended to any young people looking for fun, or anyone older who needs a smile putting on their face. Four and a half jellybabies out of five.

December 16, 2003: 'Snow White' - Su and Christopher onstage
Su and Chris onstageTwo fabulous pictures of Su and Christopher Lillicrap onstage in Snow White at the Hexagon in Reading.

Su is, of course, the Wicked Queen. Christopher, meanwhile, is Nurse Nora, as well as the scriptwriter of the panto that is taking Berkshire by storm!

"It's hard to fault this production" - BBCi

December 16, 2003: 'A Happy Medium' - *PROVISIONAL* 2004 tour dates
A Happy MediumStarring Su Pollard. Ellen small is a woman with ‘big ideas’. She wants to make contact with her dead sister, to fulfil a promise made years ago. Regardless of the feelings of her two daughters, she enlists the help of Mr Proudfoot, a part time medium. Their combined dabblings in the spirit world produce a series of hilarious events, unlock hidden powers and family secrets and ensure that no one escapes the ‘ghosts’ from the past!

March 8th WORTHING, Connaught Theatre
March 15th WORTHING, Connaught Theatre
March 22nd BILLINGHAM, Forum Theatre
March 29th BLACKPOOL, Grand Theatre
April 5th YORK
April 12th tbc
April 19th LINCOLN, Theatre Royal
April 26th PETERBOROUGH, Key Theatre
May 3rd DARTFORD, Orchard Theatre
May 10th TORQUAY, Princess Theatre
May 17th SOUTHEND, Cliffs Pavilion
May 24th EASTBOURNE, Congress Theatre
May 31st COLCHESTER MERCURY
June 7th STEVENAGE, Gordon Craig Theatre
June 14th DUNDEE, Repertory Theatre
June 21st WINCHESTER, Theatre Royal

All dates are provisional and are subject to change/revision.

December 16, 2003: 'Little Robots' - BBCi competition
Little RobotsLenny Henry, Martin Clunes, Emma Chambers, Mel and Sue, Morwenna Banks and Su Pollard have all lent their voices to this lively new animation series. Tiny and his Little Robot friends are pioneers, builders and architects of a brand new world. Finding 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. 

In Rock-a-bye Robot, Tiny and Noisy build Scary a Rock-a-bye Rocker, which will gently rock him to sleep while playing soothing music. But when  Scary is asleep, mischievous Flappy the Bat starts fiddling with the Rock-a-bye Rocker's control buttons. When she turns up the music and speeds up the rocking motion, Scary's slumber suddenly becomes a lot less peaceful!

To enter, please click on the picture to visit the BBCi website. Competition closes on Friday 30th Jnauary 2004.

December 16, 2003: 'British Comedy Awards' - Perry & Croft honoured
Congratulations from all at SuOnline to Jimmy Perry and David Croft, who both received 'Lifetime Achievement' Awards at the 2003 British Comedy Awards last Wednesday evening.
December 6, 2003: 'Snow White' - Su in panto 2003 - Opens Today!
Snow White - Opens Today!A plethora of Snow White related news features, and a fantastic interview, added to SuOnline today - To mark the opening of Su's panto for Christmas 2003.

Su, and the Snow White cast, will perform dozens of times over the coming weeks at the Hexagon Theatre in Reading.

Su has, of course, starred in numerous pantos over the years; Goldilocks, Babes In The Woods, Pinocchio, Jack And The Beanstalk, Mother Goose, Aladdin, and Dick Whittington. She has played principal boy, and girl, in theatres around the UK.

Last year Su took on the role of a "baddie" for the first time, playing Snow White's nemesis - the Wicked Queen - at the Theatre Royal in Lincoln.

Su is thrilled to be reprising the role for Christmas 2003 and hopes as many of you as possible will make it to Reading to witness her being thoroughly wicked all over again.

December 6, 2003: 'Ealing Times' - Snow White
Ealing TimesSnow White - Reading Hexagon

Wondrously wicked, effortlessly evil and furiously funny. Su Pollard is the epitome of Snow White’s Wicked Queen, plus Christopher Lillicrap as Nurse Nora our heroine’s Nanny - "the ultimate panto-dame".

The most magical pantomime seen at The Hexagon for many years.

For further information visit www.readingarts.com

December 6, 2003: 'IC Berkshire' - Is this the fairest panto of all?
Snow Whits and the Wicked QueenNew addition to the SuOnline Article Archive - A wonderfully entertaining interview with Su, from just earlier this week at 'IC Berkshire'.

As well as lots of talk about her current panto role, the Wicked Queen in Snow White, Su chats about a whole host of other topics.

Put on the kettle, grab a mince pie or two, and settle down for a festive feature.

Please click the picture for the full interview.

December 6, 2003: 'IC Berkshire' - Snow White
It's Su!Hi--ho, hi--ho, it's off to work we go

Does the phrase 'skin as white as snow, hair as dark as night, lips as red as rose' ring any bells? No, I'm not talking about Michael Jackson but Snow White.

However you won't find this fairy tale character in your toddlers book collection but instead at The Hexagon Theatre Queen's Walk, Reading, as they embark on their first in-house production.

In association with the Proper Pantomime Company, Snow White is being billed as the most magical pantomime that has ever been seen in Reading.

The show promises to be a truly traditional pantomime with thrills, twists and treats for all the family.

Snow White is the ultimate tale of good verses evil. The story starts when the protagonist is forced to seek refuge with seven quirky dwarfs.

However plagued by jealousy the Wicked Queen tricks Snow White into taking a bite from a poisonous apple, which sends Snow White to her death bed. However as in all fairy tales, good always prevails and the dwarfs take the Handsome Prince to Snow White, where they kiss and live happily ever after.

Celebrity spotters should be pleased to note that the show will feature more star names than dwarfs in its cast.

Su Pollard, who is famed for her national tours with Annie and The Vagina Monologues, plays the wicked Queen. Other actors include Deborah Chapman as Snow White and Christopher Lillicrap as Nurse Nora.

However community spirit is high on the pantomime agenda as local schoolchildren will be featuring in the supporting roles.

Snow White: The Hexagon, Reading, from Saturday, December 6, 2003 until Sunday, January 4, 2004. Tickets: 8.50-18.00. Times for the show may vary. Box office: 0118 960 6060.

December 6, 2003: Su on Christmas TV
Gimme Gimme Gimme : BBC Prime - Tuesday 16th December : 8.30pm
Gimme Gimme Gimme : BBC Prime - Saturday 20th December : 10.45pm
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.
English Time : BBC Prime - Sunday 21st December : 3.30am
English Time : BBC Prime - Wednesday 24th December : 5.30am
Get the Meaning - Gut the Gameshow. 
Su Pollard hosts an anarchic look at television gameshows.
Hi-De-Hi! : UK Gold - Thursday 25th December : 6.00am
Hi-De-Hi! : UK Gold - Friday 26th December : 3.45am
Hi-De-Hi! : UK Gold Plus 1 - Friday 26th December : 4.45am
God Bless Our Family. Series 7, episode 4. 
Holiday camp sitcom. Clive's family arrives en masse to stop his marriage to Gladys. Starring: David Griffin, Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc, Su Pollard, Jeffrey Holland, and Felix Bowness.
Hi-De-Hi! : UK Gold - Friday 26th December : 7.40am
Hi-De-Hi! : UK Gold - Friday 26th December : 11.40am
Tell It to the Marines. Series 8, episode 1. 
Holiday camp sitcom. Peggy's piano playing leads Ted to take desperate measures. Starring: Kenneth Connor, Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc, Su Pollard, and Jeffrey Holland.
December 1, 2003: Su in 'Snow White' at The Hexagon, Reading
Snow White 2003Su stars in Snow White, at The Hexagon in Reading, this coming festive season, alongside Christopher Lillicrap as Nurse Nora. 

"Wondrously wicked, effortlessly evil and furiously funny, Snow White promises to be the most lavish, magical family pantomime seen at The Hexagon for many years."

Snow White: Sat 6th Dec 2003 - Sun 4th Jan 2004 
Starring Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen and Christopher Lillicrap as Nurse Nora. Also featuring Bunny the Rabbit, and introducing Deborah Chapman as Snow White.

PRICES: 18, 16, 12 (CONCESSIONS: 16, 14, 12)
Free programme for everyone.

BOX OFFICE:  0118 960 6060 
GROUP BOOKINGS: 0118 939 0011

The Hexagon, Queens Walk, Reading, Berkshire RG1 7UA
Email: boxoffice@readingarts.com
Fax: 0118 939 0751
Website: www.readingarts.com

December 1, 2003: SuOnline's 'Snow White' page
Christopher and SuIt's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

And suddenly it's December!!

Newly added to SuOnline - A dedicated Snow White page.

Book now for the most magical pantomime ever seen at The Hexagon! 

Written and produced by the Proper Pantomime Company, Snow White will be wondrously wicked, effortlessly evil and furiously funny. 

Su Pollard is the epitome of Snow White's Wicked Queen. Together with Chrisptopher Lillicrap 'the ultimate pantomime dame' (Basingstoke Observer) as Nurse Nora, our heroine's Nanny. 

Further panto updates as and when they become available.

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