Hi-De-Hi! - The Complete Series [DVD]
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All 58 episodes of the BBC sitcom set in a holiday camp in the late 1950s/early '60s. Maplin's holiday camp is the scene of japes, fiddles and scrapes galore as Teddy-cum-wide-boy Ted Bovis (Paul Shane), camp entertainer, concocts yet another scheme to get one over on haughty camp manager Jeffrey Fairbrother (Simon Cadell). Meanwhile, razor-tongued senior yellowcoat, the glamorous Gladys Pugh (Ruth Madoc), has her sights set on becoming Fairbrother's muse and gormless chalet-maid/wannabe-yellowcoat Peggy Ollerenshaw (Su Pollard) picks up and spreads rumours with abandon.
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The cast and crew must have had an absolute ball making all 58 episodes of Hi De Hi. This programme was on the air for an amazing 8 years and when the final episode was shown in January 1988 it really was an end of an era.
During the 1950's when air travel was out of the question for many families, holiday camps like "Maplins" were extremely popular for the families yearly getaway. Food, accomodation and entertainment were all thrown in and the writers of Hi De Hi used their own holiday experiences to write this comedy. You had a Camp Host and comedian along with many other entertainment staff and this is the main story line of Hi De Hi. Each series follows the antics of the entertainment staff through each season and as each season comes and goes there are changes to the staff which change the whole plot!
I liked the series as it progressed and the character portrayed by Su Pollard "Peggy" became one of the most loved characters of the day, this propelled Su pollard into the limelight which even gave her a small music career!!
Everyone knows about Hi De Hi, so I will not got on!! However, if you like this series you will probably also like: You Rang M'lord and Oh Doctor Beeching. These series are written by the same writers and all star Su Pollard, Paul Shane and Jeffrey Holland, who in my opinion shine off each other and excel in what they do.
The only down side is the boxset. It is a very poor re-release of what is already avaliable in individual series sets. They have literally thrown all the discs together in a box! There are no extras such as a booklet which is disappointing especially as the RRP is £79.99! However, the series alone deserves 5 stars!
In fact this is the first time that Jimmy Perry and David Croft had attempted to write strong comedy roles for women, their previous series together had been predominately male orientated due to their military settings. Highlights on these discs include "The Partridge Season" where the Punch and Judy man gets blind drunk and barracades himself in his chalet, "Day of Reckoning" containing the classic sequence where a pantomime horse is seen riding a real horse over the sand-dunes, "Peggy's Big Chance" stolen by Su Pollard's tearful performance and "A Night Not To Remember" where Mr. Fairbrother has his drinks laced by some rugby players and ends up drunk in his chalet with Gladys Pugh, but next morning Gladys isn't saying what actually happened... Each episode is a masterclass of ensemble playing, faithfully recreating the late 50's when holiday camps were all the rage. HI DE HI! won a BAFTA award and it's easy to see why here. This is broad comedy at it's finest, with expert characterisation provided by the legendary team of Perry & Croft.
This innocent, but very good humour. It simply makes you laugh a lot or smile. The cast is just brilliant and portray their characters to perfection. However Ruth Madoc as Gladys Pugh, the chief yellowcoat, is in this series just amazing.
But I cannot help I like Su Pollard best as Peggy Ollerenshaw, the potty Peggy was the chalet maid. Just watch when she gives her acceptance speech for an imaginary prize she has won. Hillarious.
I just loved it!!
5 stars - a shame one can not give more!!!!!!
Watching the show as an adult I realised the nuances of the show eluded me as a child (obviously), and there is a surprising depth of characterisation that rarely becomes too involved or overly sentimental. Granted, some of the ‘jokes’ are dated but they reflect the gentler age of broadcasting and the BBC. However, some of the gags are certainly open to ‘contemporary adult’ interpretation.
I am looking forward to seasons three and four, even though my memory of these seasons suggests they were inferior. I am sure I will prove to be mistaken.
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Just bought this but as yet have not watched it - good pricePublished 13 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I have this boxed set, and I really enjoy it. Sue Pollard is excellent as Peggy, and Paul Shane, Jeffery Holland, Ruth Madoc and Simon Cadell all played their parts well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Greg Chapman