Tag: Hi-De-Hi

  • Why-De-Why on Three Of A Kind
    Why-De-Why on Three Of A Kind

    I always find sitcom spoofs on contemporaneous comedy shows a bit … icky. And often they hit the wrong note. Some of this happens here, but Ullman’s impression is rather good.

  • The Real Maplins
    The Real Maplins

    When Hi-De-Hi! needed to show to exteriors of the holiday camp, they turned to the one in Dovercourt, run by Warners. Here’s some nice photos taken around the time the show was filmed, with many more to be found here. This is the Olympic-sized swimming pool that Spike found himself in more often than not.…

  • Be-Hi-De-Hi-nd The Scenes
    Be-Hi-De-Hi-nd The Scenes

    Here’s a really interesting short look behind the scenes of the final episode of Hi-De-Hi. It aired as a segment on Open Air, the BBC One daily daytime show about its output. https://youtu.be/ln4fdEDSSKY It’s worth a watch, sorry I can’t embed it. Here’s a full length early edition version of the show, including a telephone…

  • Su Pollard Takes The Plunge
    Su Pollard Takes The Plunge

    Su Pollard is great in any sitcom she’s appeared in. I imagine she’s a fantastic live performer too, though I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing her in anything live. Nor did I get the chance to see her hosting the ITV gameshow Take The Plunge. And unfortunately, this is the only footage of the…

  • Buy-De-Buy

    Let’s have a look at some adverts fronted by the cast of Hi-De-Hi. This one, for Wispa, we’ve seen before, and is probably one of the more memorable ones from the bunch. But Ruth Madoc also did this one for Walkers in 1987. And this one, in Welsh, for the Cheese Council of Wales. Here’s…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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