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Sue Pollard says Hi-de-Hi to Grand Theatre

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She made a name for herself as the over-excitable chalet maid in popular TV sitcom Hi-de-Hi!

She made a name for herself as the over-excitable chalet maid in popular TV sitcom Hi-de-Hi!

And despite the show exiting our screens more than 20 years ago, it still holds a special place in Su Pollard's heart.

The flamboyant star is back playing the dastardly Miss Hannigan in rags-to-riches theatre extravaganza Annie, which is running at Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre until Saturday.

The tour comes to the end of the road next month in Cambridge.

Reminiscing about her time on holiday camp sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, the 61-year-old said: "I often think wouldn't it be great if it could come back again.

"But that was then and this is now. We can probably never replicate that now.

"It was a great period of my life."

Su admitted to feeling very "lucky" to have been involved in the BBC show, which ran from 1980 to 1988, and said she still met up with her former co-stars Ruth Madoc and Paul Shane, calling them her "family."

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The Nottingham-born star has played the part of Miss Hannigan in Broadway favourite Annie for the past five or so years.

"I always wanted to play the part of Miss Hannigan," she admitted. "It's a great part. I have done it before and I have got the stamina for it. She is an interesting character.

"She is not just awful to the children. The children make so much noise they drive her to distraction. Annie is a great story with fabulous costumes."

In 1979, Su was chosen by the BBC to play Flo in a new sitcom called Two Up, Two Down with Paul Nicholas, which only lasted one series.

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The following year, she landed the role of Peggy Ollerenshaw in Hi-de-Hi!

She continued in this role until the programme's end in 1988, by which time she had become a household name. In 1981 she became one of the presenters of children's magazine show Get Set for Summer, in which she delivered wacky reports and bogus weather forecasts.

She also starred as Ivy Teasdale in sitcom You Rang, M'Lord?, which also featured her Hi-de-Hi! co-stars Paul Shane and Jeffrey Holland.

The dog that plays orphan Annie's faithful canine companion Sandy is Danny. He is likely to make his way into the Guinness Book of Records for his long-running role in shows across the country – more than 1,000 to date.

Su added the cute pooch was a "joy to work with."

"He is fantastic. He has done it for such a long time. A lot of people say 'how does he walk across that stage like he does?'

"He is very well trained. He can hear the vibrations on the floor. That's how he knows when to go on stage. He has never been late."

This week Su admitted she had been shopping in Marks & Spencer in Wolverhampton and had also visited Beatties.

"Everyone in Wolverhampton has been really nice," she added.

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