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 NOVEMBER 2010 NEWS:
.Annie 2010/11: New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon
Tuesday 30th November, 2010 Theatre
It's the final regular week of the 2010 leg of the Annie UK tour, before a Christmas residency in Leicester. The show has been delighting audiences and receiving great reviews over the past five months. Annie opens this evening at the New Wimbledon Theatre for a run of performances through to Saturday night.

There will be matinees on Thursday and Saturday. View further information about the New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon, book tickets online and browse show times and location details at the theatre's website,
here.

Tue 30th November - Sat 4th December • New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon
www.ambassadortickets.com/New-Wimbledon-Theatre [ Box Office: 0844 871 7646 ]
New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG
.Annie 2011: Confirmed Tour Dates
Tuesday 30th November, 2010 Theatre
The tour dates for Annie 2011 have now been confirmed:

Tuesday 1st - Saturday 5th February: Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
Tuesday 8th - Saturday 12th February: Edinburgh Playhouse
Tuesday 15th - Saturday 20th February: The Dome, Doncaster
Tuesday 22nd - Saturday 26th February: Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Monday 28th February - Saturday 5th March: Pavilion Theatre, Worthing
Monday 7th - Saturday 12th March: Kings Lynn Corn Exchange
Monday 14th - Saturday 19th March: Liverpool Empire
Tuesday 22nd - Saturday 26th March: Caird Hall, Dundee
Monday 28th March - Saturday 2nd April: Derngate Theatre, Northampton
Monday 4th - Saturday 9th April: Assembly Rooms, Derby
Monday 11th - Saturday 16th April: Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Monday 18th - Saturday 23rd April: Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon
Monday 25th - Saturday 30th April: Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 7th May: The Broadway Theatre, Peterborough

.ITV Press Centre: Benidorm Christmas Special
Sunday 28th November, 2010 Television
ITV Press Centre has now released details of their Christmas television schedules, including broadcast information on the Benidorm Christmas special.

Benidorm: Sat 26th Dec: 9.00pm - 10.15pm

This Christmas, ITV1 viewers will get a burst of Spanish sunshine in their homes with a one off festive Benidorm special.

Award-winning creator and writer, Derren Litten will once again bring alive the Brits abroad with many of your favourite holidaymakers returning for the usual holiday mishaps……and a few surprises along the way!

We finally get to meet all the members of the Middlesbrough Swingers Association – one of them is played by Louie Spence!

Su Pollard appears as herself with star billing in the Benidorm Palace Christmas show – all doesn’t go to plan though when she comes face to face with Madge!

Brian Murphy will also guest stars as a love interest for Noreen

The hugely popular comedy series also returns for a 4th series in early 2011.

Long live the land of sun, sangria and Santa!

• View this info at the ITV Press Centre
here, and visit the Benidorm website here.
.Surrey Comet: Interview: Su Pollard
Sunday 28th November, 2010 Interview
Su was interviewed recently by Simon Fitzjohn, and the feature was syndicated to numerous publications earlier this week. Annie plays the Wimbledon Theatre from Tuesday.

Su Pollard may have enjoyed a long and varied career, including stints on stage and even recording a top-ten single, but there is little doubt that for most people she will always be remembered as Peggy Ollerenshaw in camp comedy Hi-de-Hi.

Over 20 years on from the classic programme’s demise, you may be forgiven for thinking Pollard would have had enough of being reminded about her spell as the haphazard chalet maid.

But nothing could be further from the truth, as she explains: “People still come up to me all the time and want to talk about Hi de Hi.

“To be so many years on from it and it still mean so much to people is incredible.

“It is really, really nice to be associated with something that obviously gave people so much pleasure.

• Read the full interview at the 'Surrey Comet' website,
here. Also available at 'Wimbledon Guardian', 'Fulham Guardian', 'This is Local London' and numerous others.
.Annie 2010/11: New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Tuesday 23rd November, 2010 Theatre
After a well earned week off, Su and the Annie cast, crew and band open at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking this evening, with shows right through until Saturday night.

There will be matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. View further information about the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, book tickets online and browse show times and location details at the theatre's website,
here.

Tuesday 23rd - Saturday 27th November • New Victoria Theatre, Woking
www.ambassadortickets.com/New-Victoria-Theatre [ Box Office: 0844 871 7645 ]
New Victoria Theatre, The Peacocks Centre, Woking GU21 6GQ
.Annie 2011: Provisional Tour Dates
Tuesday 23rd November, 2010 Theatre
The full tour dates for Annie 2011 are as yet still unconfirmed but here are a selection of provisional dates for your diary:

Tuesday 1st - Saturday 5th February: Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
Tuesday 8th - Saturday 12th February: Edinburgh Playhouse
Tuesday 15th - Saturday 20th February: The Dome, Doncaster
Tuesday 22nd - Saturday 26th February: Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Monday 4th April - Saturday 9th April: Great Hall, Derby
Monday 11th - Saturday 16th April: Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 7th May: The Broadway Theatre, Peterborough

NB: Until these are officially confirmed all dates are subject to change.
.Surrey Herald: Annie Comes To Town
Monday 22nd November, 2010 Interview
Su was interviewed by the 'Surrey Herald' last Thursday. Annie plays the New Victoria Theatre from tomorrow.

Actress Su Pollard tells Andy Mortimer how she is determined to put some fiesty fun into the role of orphanage owner Miss Hannigan and whisk the audience along an emotional journey.

For the second time in her career, Hi-de-Hi! actress Su Pollard is transformed. Gone are the frilly holiday camp clothes and bubbly personality, and in comes a love of the liquor and some dastardly plans to boot.

For London-based Su is now treading the boards as Miss Hannigan, an evil orphanage owner who takes in a young 11-year-old girl, Annie, as she desperately tries to find her real parents.

And according to Su, it is a role she is devouring.

She said: "I'm loving it. Miss Hannigan is certainly a feisty character although I don't personally see her as being that evil."

• Read the full interview at the 'Surrey Herald' website,
here.
.Alex Grace Photo: Su Out-takes
Monday 22nd November, 2010 Photographs
Alex Grace has posted some out-takes, from her recent photo shoot with Su for 'Attitude' magazine, at her online blog. Please click below for the full selection at Alex's blog.

.Backstage In The Buff: In Aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer
Monday 22nd November, 2010 Theatre
Webmaster of Hi-de-Hi.net and friend of Su, and Su Online, Rob Cope has dared to go naked - for a very worthy cause.

Rob is one of 29 men and women of the Regent Theatre in Stoke On Trent who have shed their clothes for a new calendar in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The calendar is called 'Backstage In The Buff' and celebrates the beauty of the Regent Theatre (and it's staff as well!!!)

You can purchase 'Backstage In The Buff' online by clicking
here, or on the cover of the calendar to the right. Thank you for supporting such a fantastic cause.
.Save Darlington Civic Theatre & Arts Centre
Monday 22nd November, 2010 Theatre
Su has given her support to "Save Darlington Civic Theatre & Arts Centre" .

The Civic has always been a delight for actors and audiences alike. Apart from the stark fact that our profession will lose yet another venue to practice our craft, my main concern is that the loyal audience that has built up over the years will then have to travel further afield for their entertainment. As good as neighbouring theatres are, I believe adding what could be another two hours onto an evening out could have detrimental effects. There is no doubt the people of Darlington adore 'their' theatre. Please reward them by continuing to provide it. Selfishly, I adore playing there and don't want to stop. Many thanks, Su Pollard.

Numerous performers have voiced their opinions on the proposed closure. View some
here.
.Brooklands Radio: Su Interview
Monday 22nd November, 2010 Radio/Interview
Su guested on 'Brooklands Radio' last Wednesday. The interview is currently available at their "Listen Again" page, here.

Suzanne Hunter talks to Su Pollard about her acting career including her time in the classic sit-com Hi de Hi! and her role as the formidable Miss Hannigan in Annie at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking.
.Uxbridge Gazette: Su Loves To Play A Baddie
Thursday 11th November, 2010 Interview
A new interview with su, published yesterday in the 'Uxbridge Gazette'.

Probably best known for appearing in camp comedy, Hi-de-Hi!, Su Pollard stars as the dastardly Miss Hannigan in much-loved musical Annie, currently showing at the Beck Theatre. She told Siba Matti about her love of playing villains and being the original Lady Gaga

Since she celebrated her 60th birthday this time last year, Su Pollard may have been able to claim a free bus pass but she has absolutely no intention of slowing down.

The actress and comedienne, who became a household name playing Peggy Ollerenshaw in Hide-Hi!, is treading the boards of the Beck Theatre as Miss Hannigan in rags-to-riches musical Annie.

This is the fourth time Su has reprised her role as the villainous orphanage director, and she is loving every minute.

"It's great fun playing a baddie - I loved being the wicked queen in a panto version of Snow White - and Miss Hannigan is such a fabulous character, one that everyone loves to hate," she explains.

• Read the full interview at the 'Uxbridge Gazette' website,
here.
.Su Newsy Bits & Pieces!
Thursday 11th November, 2010 Newsy Bits
• "A World Full Of Heart" - Su's heart doodle is up for auction at ebay - in aid of Cardiomyopathy Association, with all proceeds going to the charity.

About this charity: The Cardiomyopathy Association (CMA) strives to ensure that every family affected by the inherited heart muscle disease cardiomyopathy receives proper diagnosis, treatment, care, support and information. It is estimated that 200,000 people are affected by the disease in the UK and it affects people of all ages, including babies. Thank you for your support.

• Su is mentioned in, Benidorm writer, Derren Litten's recent blog entry, on the theft of the Christmas episode of Benidorm. Yes! Sometimes fact is even stranger than fiction. View that
here.

• A lovely, personal opinion of Su, during Annie's week at the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, was published in 'The Sentinel' yesterday. View it here.

.Annie 2010/11: The Beck Theatre, Hayes
Monday 8th November, 2010 Theatre
After a fantastic week in Truro, Annie opens at The Beck Theatre, Hayes in Middlesex from tonight for a week long run of shows right through until Saturday night.

There will be matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. View further information about The Beck Theatre, Hayes, book tickets online and browse show times and location details at the theatre's website, here.

Monday 8th - Saturday 13th November • The Beck Theatre, Hayes
www.becktheatre.org.uk [ Box Office: 020 8561 8371 ]
The Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex UB3 2UE

.TV.com: Top 10: Classic Sitcoms
Monday 8th November, 2010 Press Clips
'TV.com' recently published their "Top 10: Classic Sitcoms", with Hi-de-Hi! placing in the Top 3.

Compiling a list of Britain's top 10 classic sitcoms isn’t as easy as it sounds. We all broadly agree on recent shows that are great examples of British comedy, but when it comes to casting our minds further back it can be hard to tell if some shows are still loved because they remind us of our childhoods, or whether they actually stand up as credible comedy.

3. Hi-de-Hi! (1980-1988)
“Morning campers!” Set during the late Fifties/early Sixties, this exercise in nostalgia was a show the whole family could watch. Yet although it had a big heart, it wasn’t twee. The fictional Maplins holiday camp and its Yellowcoats harked back to an era when the British only holidayed at home. With a decidedly pantomime feel, the struggles between management and the entertainment staff fuelled many plots. Characters were either awaiting an elusive big break, or at the end of their careers. Su Pollard easily stole the show as the hapless chalet maid Peggy.

• View the full Top 10, here.

.Happy Birthday Su
Sunday 7th November, 2010 Happy Birthday
Many Happy Returns and Best Wishes to Su, celebrating her birthday today x

.Television Section: 2002 - 2010
Sunday 7th November, 2010 Site News
A special update to mark Su's birthday - We have brought the recently re-added 'Television' section bang up-to-date, with two new pages detailing all of Su's TV "guest slots" between 2002 - 2010.

Our 'Television' section is now a full, comprehensive archive of, almost, all of Su's most notable TV appearances over the last 35 years!

.BBC Radio Cornwall: The David White Show: Su Interview
Sunday 7th November, 2010 Radio/Interview
Su guested on The David White Show on 'BBC Radio Cornwall' last Tuesday morning.

A great interview with Su, she chatted about Annie, Australia, her favourite tipple, hangovers, food, enjoying life on the road, Benidorm, nudists(!) and much more. There was also a short burst of 'Starting Together', with Su reminiscing about its mid-Eighties origins.

The show is available to listen to at
BBC iPlayer until this coming Tuesday (9th November). Su's interview starts approximately 2 hrs 20 minutes in, and the interview lasts for around 40 minutes with a break for weather and a couple of songs!

• Visit the 'BBC Radio Cornwall' website,
here.
.Television Section: Revamped & Back Online
Friday 5th November, 2010 Site News
Su Online's Television section is back online. Refurbished & revamped for your viewing pleasure!

.Su on TV: Gimme Gimme Gimme - Tonight!
Friday 5th November, 2010 TV/Radio
Just a reminder that the classic episode of Gimme Gimme Gimme, 'Singin In The Drain', with Su as "singing teacher to the stars" Heidi Honeycomb, airs again tonight on GOLD at 10pm.

• Visit our Gimme Gimme Gimme page at the revamped Television section,
here.
.Annie 2010/11: Have A Lovely Time Review
Friday 5th November, 2010 Theatre Review
Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
By Helen Moffat


Annie herself, played by 13-year-old Molly Law, was sweet without being sickly, with a lovely singing voice and a strong stage presence.

She held her own amid some really good actors and actresses, which included David McAlister playing a very robust Daddy Warbucks, and some wonderful supporting roles, though it was hard to look anywhere else but at Su Pollard, when her hilarious Miss Hannigan was on stage.

Su’s portrayal of the embittered, drunken old orphanage matron was brilliant, and for anyone who had her down simply as a comedic actor, she gave a timely reminder of why she has been cast in so many musicals with a voice that could grace any West end stage.

• Read the full review at the 'Have A Lovely Time' website,
here.
.Su Online News Archive: September 2010
Thursday 4th November, 2010 Site News
Su news for September 2010 has now been archived. Look back on lots of Annie news, reviews and related Su interviews, Su Online reaching 10 years, For Better Or For Worse and more.

.Annie 2010/11: Hall For Cornwall, Truro
Monday 1st November, 2010 Theatre
The Annie UK tour enters its 11th exciting week, and the cast, crew and band arrive in Truro today for a week long run of shows at Hall For Cornwall, opening tonight.

There will be matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. View further information about Hall For Cornwall, Truro, book tickets online and browse show times and location details at the theatre's website,
here.

Monday 1st - Saturday 6th November • Hall For Cornwall, Truro
www.hallforcornwall.co.uk [ Box Office: 01872 262 466 ]
Hall For Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2LL
.Website Changes
Monday 1st November, 2010 Site News
Thank you to everyone who has commented on the latest website alterations. We are glad you all like how Su Online is looking.

The site is more easier to navigate than ever, and the makeover to our Home page is now complete. We are redesigning the Episode Guides and the Hi-de-Hi! Scrapbook feature has been given a new lease of life (it is the show's 30th anniversary year after all!)

There's more exciting updates to come over the next few months; including completion of the 'Music/Discography' section, we will be adding the Hi-de-Hi! Complete Episode/Info Guide, and the Press Archive will be updated too.

Thanks for continuing to visit Su Online, now in our 11th year.
.Brenda Cowling: 1925 - 2010
Monday 1st November, 2010 Brenda Cowling
Actress Brenda Cowling has sadly passed away.

She was best known to fans of Perry & Croft as Mrs Lipton in all four series of You Rang, M'Lord?

Amongst her other numerous credits include two Carry On films, Fawlty Towers (as the nurse in 'The Germans' episode), Follyfoot, Holby City, Dad's Army, French and Saunders, The Railway Children and the James Bond film Octopussy.

A vastly experienced comedy actress, Brenda was also seen in Hi-de-Hi!, It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Are You Being Served?, and Please Sir! (as Duffy's mum).

Born in Islington in 1925, Brenda wanted to become an actress from an early age. After a time she joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she was a member of the same class as Warren Mitchell and Jimmy Perry. While there, she made her film debut in a small role in Alfred Hitchcock's Stage Fright. Much of her early acting work was in repertory theatre.

Brenda will always be remembered by fans of British comedy for her sterling performances over many decades.

.The Heritage Foundation: Tribute To Paul Shane
Monday 1st November, 2010 Events
The Heritage Foundation are hosting a Christmas Dinner With Paul Shane on Saturday 20th November 2010 at the Marriott Hotel, Regent's Park.

Among the musical guests performing will be The Dakotas, In Soul & Harmony United featuring Billie Davis, Tony Burrows, Sue Glover and Keith Powell along with Roger Dean's tribute to the late Johnny Cash.

Tickets cost 85.00 per person and can be ordered through the Foundation's website
www.theheritagefoundation.info

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