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 MARCH 2012 NEWS:
.Friday Photo: Su in 1974: Opportunity Knocks
Friday 30th March, 2012 Photographs
Su, making her very first TV appearance, on Opportunity Knocks, back in 1974, Great photo!

.For Better Or For Worse: Episode Six @ 'BBC iPlayer'
Friday 30th March, 2012 Radio
Episode Six of the second series of For Better or For Worse is now available to listen to at BBC iPlayer. The episode will remain online until early next Friday AM.

There's no word yet on whether 'BBC Radio 4 Extra' will start airing the third series again in the near future. If, or when, they do we will have full details here.
.Annie in Hong Kong
Friday 30th March, 2012 Theatre
Rehearsals begin in London on 9th May. Su, David McAlister and the Annie cast, crew and band then travel to Hong Kong on 26th May.

There will be 31 performances of the production at the Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, opening on 31st May.

The cast will return to the UK on 25th June.
.Su Attends 'Living Paintings' 02 Indigo Concert Rehearsals
Friday 30th March, 2012 Events
Su attended the rehearsals for Chobham's Rock Choir concert at the 02 Indigo in mid-March. She sang with the choir and met up with Living Paintings' Library member Luca Gatta along with Angela and Camilla. The concert, an event by and for national award-winning charity 'Living Paintings', took place on Saturday (24th March) and was a huge success.

The 300 strong choir had everyone dancing in the aisles to Diana Ross, Amy Winehouse and Annie Lennox and sitting back to enjoy songs from Les Miserables, Wicked and Jersey Boys!

• View further information on 'Living Paintings', and the great work they do, here. (Photos courtesy of livingpaintings.org/Facebook)

.For Better Or For Worse: Episode Five @ 'BBC iPlayer'
Sunday 25th March, 2012 Radio
Episode Five of the second series of For Better or For Worse is now available to listen to at BBC iPlayer. The episode will remain online until early next Friday AM.

The sixth, and final, episode of Series Two airs next Thursday and early Friday on 'BBC Radio 4 Extra'.

For Better Or For Worse : BBC Radio 4 Extra - Thursday 29th March : 5.00pm
For Better Or For Worse : BBC Radio 4 Extra - Friday 30th March : 5.00am

Series Two, Episode Six. When her mother inherits money, can Iris and fiance Bernard stop her from being swindled?. Stars Su Pollard and Gorden Kaye. From January 1995.
.Service Of Celebration For David Croft
Sunday 25th March, 2012  
Su attended the Service of Celebration held for David Croft on 15th March at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square.

The service was attended by David's family, as well as many friends, colleagues and fans. Hymns included 'Onward, Christian Soldiers', 'Morning Has Broken' and 'I Vow to Thee, My Country'. Su, accompanied by Roy Moore, sang 'Follow Your Heart', a song written by David and Cyril Ornadel.

The choir performed a medley specially composed by Rick Wakeman of the music to Are You Being Served?, You Rang, M’Lord?, ’Allo ’Allo!, Oh, Doctor Beeching!, Dad’s Army, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum and Hi-de-Hi!

• View a brief news report on the service, from 'BBC Suffolk News',
here.
.For Better Or For Worse: Episode Four @ 'BBC iPlayer'
Monday 19th March, 2012 Radio
Episode Four of the second series of For Better or For Worse is now available to listen to at BBC iPlayer. The episode will remain online until early next Friday AM.

The fifth episode airs next Thursday and early Friday on 'BBC Radio 4 Extra'.

For Better Or For Worse : BBC Radio 4 Extra - Thursday 22nd March : 5.00pm
For Better Or For Worse : BBC Radio 4 Extra - Friday 23rd March : 5.00am

Series Two, Episode Five. Iris is lost for words when her fiance Bernard finds religion. Stars Su Pollard and Gorden Kaye. From January 1995.
.Su in Hong Kong
Thursday 15th March, 2012 Theatre
We can reveal that Su spent time in Hong Kong last week, giving radio and press interviews for the forthcoming run of Annie, opening at the Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, on 31 May 2012.

During her three-day visit, as well as talking to the media about her forthcoming role, Su also re-acquainted herself with Hong Kong having worked there on two previous occasions.

Su says: “I’m really excited to be coming back to Hong Kong, and especially to have the opportunity to get to know this vibrant city over the few weeks that I’ll be working here. I’m particularly looking forward to some authentic Cantonese food – I never got the hang of chopsticks on my last visit so you never know, I might have mastered the art by the time I leave!”

“I love playing Miss Hannigan as it is such a comic role, which is my ‘thing’ really – I’ve been beastly and horrible for six years now and have loved every minute. It will be fun to work with a new cast of orphans from Hong Kong – the kids are always great to work with and keep me on my toes, playing tricks on me both on and off stage!”

Joining Su on the Lyric Theatre stage on 31 May will be David McAlister, a veteran of the West End stage and TV dramas, who will play the role of the kindly billionaire businessman Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks.

Producer James Cundall, Chief Executive of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions said, “To be working with two of the UK’s leading actors is a dream come true. Su Pollard became a national treasure with her performance in Hi-de-Hi!, where she demonstrated that unbelievable comedic timing which she will bring to the role of Miss Hannigan. David McAlister is a consummate star, with the most incredible array of credits spanning more than three decades and a wide spectrum of entertainment. Hong Kong is in for a real treat with these two wonderful actors starring in such a popular musical.”

Tickets priced from HK$350 to HK$950 are available now by visiting www.hkticketing.com.

.Politics Home: Dot Commons' Diary: Never Mind Enda, Here’s Su
Thursday 15th March, 2012 Press Clips
'Politics Home' have a brief report on Su's visit to Westminster earlier this week.

Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s visit to Westminster yesterday was judged by all to be a great success. After a quick tour of parts of the Palace, he was the guest of honour at a reception in the Lords hosted by Visit Ireland and charity CHAMP. Owen Paterson and Ed Miliband both spoke, but the surprise star of the evening was Hi-De-Hi star Su Pollard. As our picture shows, the panto favourite was a hit with MPs and peers. Ms Pollard stayed long after Mr Kenny had left and enjoyed the legendary Irish hospitality. She also brought along a party whistle that she blew at opportune moments during the political speeches, adding a touch of the surreal to a packed event.

• Visit the 'Politics Home' website
here.
.BBC Radio Berkshire: The Phil Kennedy Show: Su Interview
Thursday 15th March, 2012 Radio
Su guested on The Phil Kennedy Show on 'BBC Radio Berkshire' on Tuesday afternoon.

Su chatted to Phil on the telephone about Living Paintings, Indigo Rock, appearing on the Christmas Strictly Come Dancing and much more.

The programme is available to listen to at 'BBC iPlayer', until next Tuesday,
here. Su's interview begins at approximately 35 minutes into the show.
.RTHK: Radio 3 : Su Interview
Thursday 15th March, 2012 Radio
One of the radio interviews Su gave while in Hong Kong last week (please see our update above for further info) was a lengthy, and interesting, chat on 'RTHK Radio 3'.

Su talks Annie, its continuing relevance and its underlying message, Miss Hannigan, visiting and working in Asia, socialising in Hong Kong, Hi-de-Hi! and her "marvellous" accomodation.

She also chats about Opportunity Knocks, Hughie Green, David Croft, working in the theatre and much more.

• The full interview is available to listen to, at the 'RTHK' website,
here. For a direct link to the audio click here.

.Su on TV: Little Robots
Thursday 15th March, 2012 Television
The final two episodes of Series Two of Little Robots air today and tomorrow on BBC2.

Little Robots : BBC2 - Thu 15th Mar : 6.00am
United. Stripy faces a dilemma when he needs to borrow some oil from Tiny, but must get it without spoiling a surprise.

Little Robots : BBC2 - Fri 16th Mar - 6.00am
Spotlight on Stretchy. Stretchy tries to be less boring, but only ends up looking foolish, until the Sparky Twins convince him to just be himself.

Cast List: Morwenna Banks, Martin Clunes, Emma Chambers, Su Pollard, Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Lenny Henry, Mike Haley, Jimmy Hibbert and Hayley Carmichael.
.Live Aid 1985: Su Interview
Sunday 11th March, 2012 Television
Here is a blast from the past: Su interviewed by Mark Ellen at Wembley Stadium, London during BBC1's huge Live Aid coverage on Saturday 13th July 1985. The concert was one of the most memorable and important music events of the 20th Century, raising 150m to help famine relief. Please click on the screen caps below to view the interview (Su appears at approximately 6.00) at 'You Tube'. Read more about Live Aid 1985, at 'Wikipedia', here.

.For Better Or For Worse: Episode Three @ 'BBC iPlayer'
Sunday 11th March, 2012 Radio
Episode Three of the second series of For Better or For Worse is now available to listen to at BBC iPlayer. The episode will remain online until early next Friday AM.

The fourth episode airs next Thursday and early Friday on 'BBC Radio 4 Extra'.

For Better Or For Worse : BBC Radio 4 Extra - Thursday 15th March : 5.00pm
For Better Or For Worse : BBC Radio 4 Extra - Friday 16th March : 5.00am

Series Two, Episode Four. Bernard is keen to holiday in Burlington, but Iris wants to get fruity in Fuengirola. Stars Su Pollard and Gorden Kaye. From December 1994.
.Su for Sherlock!
Sunday 11th March, 2012 Press Clips
Journalist Julie Burchill wrote an article last week on gender role reversal, naming famous women she would re-invent as male legends, following the news that Lucy Liu is to play Dr Watson in an American version of Sherlock Holmes.

Imagine how many other male legends — mythical, literary, comic and historical — could be given a new lease of life merely by having a gender reassignment.

Julie would have Madonna as Batman, Miranda Hart as Robin, Meryl Streep as Popeye, Judi Dench as King Arthur, Helen Mirren as Sherlock, and our Su as his legendary enemy:

And I would find Su Pollard as his/her arch-nemesis Moriarty simply irresistible — "Oo eck, I 'ate that 'olmes! Oo, lummee, I've only gone and pushed him over them there Rickenbacker Falls! CRUMBS!"
.Friday Photo: Su in 2001
Friday 2nd March, 2012 • Thanks to Andi Photographs
A great photo of Su from 2001. Please click below to view a larger version.

.Sister Mary McArthur, On Ya Knees … Confessions with the Stars
Friday 2nd March, 2012 Theatre
Date/Time: 7th March 2012, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Venue: Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5HY

Join Sister Mary McArthur, Soho’s very own special nun, and her exciting guests from the glittering world of showbiz,TV and beyond!!! Live music, chat, games and confessions!!

Guests Appearing: Su Pollard (Hi De Hi), Hattie Hayridge (Red Dwarf),Nicole Faraday (Bad Girls: ITV and West End) and TV comedian Iain Lee.

• Further info at 'What's On The Fringe'
here.
.For Better Or For Worse: Episode Two @ 'BBC iPlayer'
Friday 2nd March, 2012 Radio
Episode Two of the second series of For Better or For Worse is now available to listen to at BBC iPlayer. The episode will remain online until early next Friday AM.

The third episode airs next Thursday and early Friday on 'BBC Radio 4 Extra'.

For Better Or For Worse : BBC Radio 4 Extra - Thursday 8th March : 5.00pm
For Better Or For Worse : BBC Radio 4 Extra - Friday 9th March : 5.00am

Series Two, Episode Three. Can Bernard keep his job and his fiancee, while opposing a new bypass? Stars Su Pollard and Gorden Kaye. From December 1994.
.West End Extra: Fringe Theatre Above The Stag, Looking For New Home
Friday 2nd March, 2012 Press Clips
One of Westminster’s few fringe theatres, Above the Stag, is looking for a new home.

Its current venue, the Stag pub in Bressenden Place, Victoria, is set to be knocked down as part of a plan to regenerate the area.

A chance visit to the pub in October 2008 gave artistic director Peter Bull the idea to transform its under-used function room into a theatre.

He said it had been a “perfect” home for the stage, adding that he hoped to hear from nearby pubs with similar vacant spaces that could be converted for use by thespians. The theatre will host a party on March 8 to give supporters a chance to say farewell.

Pictured: Looking for a new venue: artistic director Peter Bull, left, with supporters, the comedy actress and patron Su Pollard and American director Christopher Gattelli

• Read the full report, at the 'West End Extra' website,
here.
.Su Online News Archive: December 2011
Friday 2nd March, 2012 Site News
Su news for December 2011 has now been archived. Visit our News Archive here.

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