TV legend and Hi-De-Hi star Su Pollard slams BBC over political comedy shows

Telly legend Su Pollard has slammed the BBC for making its comedy shows political.

The Hi-de-Hi! star, who played chalet maid Peggy, wants the Beeb to broadcast more sitcoms aimed at a family audience.

With the nation going through tough times, she thinks it’s more important than ever that TV makes us giggle together.

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Su said: "I would love to see the BBC do old-style comedy again.

"For a lot of people, with the current situation, it would be lovely for them to feel they have a show to watch that’s not
political…. something that’s just as it is, with silly humour.

"And something warm with nice characters. I think people would love to have that feel-good factor at the moment."

Hi-de-Hi! was famed for its cheeky humour and loveable characters. When it aired on the BBC in the 1980s it regularly pulled in 16million viewers. Indeed, it was so popular that more than three ­decades after it was last made, people still love it.

Su said: "The popularity and the affection for Hi-de-Hi! doesn’t seem to go. It really was a family show. We are very proud to be in it.

"People have always said that grandad, grandma, mum and cousins could all watch it.

"It was a lovely family show that could be watched together.

"It is something they can remember years later and go, ‘Oh do you remember that scene?’. That’s the enduring loveliness of it."

The show, also starring Ruth Madoc, Jeffrey Holland and Paul Shane, ran for nine series from 1980 to 1988.

It followed the lives of a group of entertainers at a holiday camp in 1959, many of who were former stars or struggling performers.

Hi-De-Hi was so popular with viewers that it later spawned a stage musical, board game, toys and T-shirts.

It has since returned to our screens for numerous re-runs throughout the years.

Fans can also still watch the show via streaming services including Prime Video.

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