Coming soon to BBC ONE
Dust off your sequins and put on your dancing shoes,
Strictly Come Dancing is coming soon to our TV Screens.
Presented by Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly with our
favourite judges, Len Goodman, Darcy Bussell, Craig
Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli, there is guaranteed to
be plenty of high kicks and drama.
Len Goodman leads the team of
Strictly Come Dancing judges
Stars confirmed for the show include
Frankie Bridge, singer with The Saturdays; Judy Murray,
tennis coach; Alison Hammond, TV presenter; Thom Evans,
from boy band Blue;. Mark Wright, TV and radio
presenter; Sunetra Sarker from Casualty; Jake Wood,
Eastenders star; Steve Backshall, naturalist, author and
television presenter; Scott Mills, TV and radio
presenter; Pixie Lott; singer; Caroline Flack, TV
presenter; Gregg Wallace, MasterChef judge; Tim
Wonnacott, Bargain Hunt Presenter; and Jennifer Gibney,
Mrs Brown's Boys actress.
Some of the stars talk about what they might expect from the
Frankie Bridge from The Saturdays was the first
celebrity to announce her appearance on the show, while
she was on BBC Breakfast with her fellow bandmates.
“I’m such a huge fan of Strictly! I’ve always wanted to
be a part of the show - it looks like so much fun and
the costumes are just gorgeous,” says Frankie.
“Like so many little girls, I used to take dance lessons
when I was in primary school and I really love dancing
but this is going to be so different from anything I
have done with The Saturdays. I just can’t wait to get
The 25 year-old is no stranger to the spotlight, having
shot to fame at the age of 12 with the young pop group S
Club Juniors. By the age of 16, she had amassed six
top-10 singles with the group.
In 2007, Frankie successfully auditioned for a new
girl-band, The Saturdays. As part of the five-piece girl
group she has had four top-10 albums and 13 top-10
singles, including hits such as Ego, Issues, Missing You
and their first number one single, What About Us.
Frankie was born in Upminster. She is married to
footballer Wayne Bridge and has a baby son called
Sunetra is best known for her role as Dr
Zoe Hanna in BBC One’s popular medical drama Casualty.
Prior to joining the series, Sunetra has starred in a
host of well-loved programmes including Doctor Who,
Brookside and No Angels, before joining Casualty in
“I don't quite know what I've let myself in for... I'm
in total denial!" says Sunetra.
"But the chance to swap my stethoscope for sequins was
just too tempting. I am very excited to be part of the
Mark rose to fame as part of the reality show The Only
Way Is Essex in 2010 and since leaving the show has gone
on to host a number of popular TV and radio programmes.
Mark currently presents the popular Club Classics show
on Heart as well as regularly appearing as presenter of
The Hub on ITV’s This Morning. In the past, Mark fronted
his own series for ITV2 called Party Wright Around The
World and hosts ITV2 series Take Me Out: The Gossip.
"Doing Strictly is going to be so completely different
from anything I've done before," says Mark. I'm the sort
of guy who loves to bust out some moves at a party but
I'm certainly not a natural dancer. Any of my friends
would tell you that - they call me 'Markey no-moves'!
"I'm genuinely petrified about dancing on national telly
but Strictly is such an amazing show to be a part of and
I can't wait to get stuck in and give it my all!”
Judy Murray will be swapping her tennis racquet for
dancing shoes when she takes part in the new series of
Strictly Come Dancing.
“I'm a huge Strictly Come Dancing fan but a total
armchair dancer," says Judy.
"It's going to be a big challenge for me and for whoever
has to dance with me but I absolutely can't wait to get
Tennis coach Judy is a self-confessed Strictly fan and
is best known for being mother and coach to two very
high achieving tennis players: 2013 Wimbledon champion
Andy Murray and Wimbledon Mixed Doubles champion Jamie
Born in Bridge of Allan, Scotland, Judy qualified as a
tennis coach aged 17 and went on to become the eighth
best female player in the UK. Judy is passionate about
encouraging the next generation of youngsters and has
supported both her professional tennis playing sons
throughout their careers.
Alison made her name as a contestant on the third series
of Big Brother back in 2002. Before that she was a child
actress, holiday rep and cinema usherette.
Alison is now best known as This Morning’s showbiz
reporter and has interviewed the world’s biggest stars
including Hugh Jackman, Will Smith, George Clooney and
Alison says, “I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining
the Strictly team. I am ready to immerse myself in
glitter and hard work, with a dash of fun along the
Birmingham-born Alison has also appeared on a number of
other high profile television shows during her career
including All Star Family Fortunes, Celebrity Coach Trip
and the 2010 series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of
By Jenny Itzcovitz
Su Pollard is starring in Ha Ha
Hood! and the Prince of Leaves
with Cannon and Ball.
This irreverent and hilarious
twisted take on the tale of
Robin Hood rides into a theatre
near you this autumn.
We caught up with
Su to find out more about the
show and her role as Maid
What appealed to you about this
"I knew that the Ha Ha!
productions had a fantastic cult
following and that the creator
Ben Langley had a good
reputation in the industry. Then
my friend Joe Pasquale, who
starred in Ha Ha Holmes! last
year, said to me, “It’s great
fun. You’ll have a fabulous
time!” so I thought, “Give it a
"I also really like the way the
Ha Ha! brand takes a familiar
story or set of characters and
puts its own unique stamp on it.
How would you describe your Maid
"My Marian is really
independent, ballsy and brave.
She’s very to the point and
strong willed. I far prefer
playing a character like that to
a poor princess who whimpers and
simpers all the time.
"I can't wait to get hold of
How does your Marian differ from
previous portrayals of the
"My Marian is very different.
She’s gutsy. After her divorce
from Robin 10 years ago she
thought “Get a proper job. I
don’t want to be with a bloke
who wants to live in the forest
up a tree!”.
"So she is currently working as
an NHS nurse at the Nottingham
Infirmary. Also, I’ll be talking
in a proper Nottinghamshire
Do you have a favourite previous
"Yes, my favourite was Patricia
Driscoll who played opposite
Richard Greene’s Robin. I
particularly liked Patricia's
Marian because she clearly had
steel in her soul - otherwise
why would you be living with
this nomadic robber and
What can you tell us about the
"The Sheriff of
Nottingham has been in prison
for 10 years for committing
dastardly deeds. When he comes
out he wants to get even with
Robin by marrying his once true
"Guy of Gisborne gets wind of
this plan and tells Marian that
the Sheriff is coming to do them
all in and so the drama
Ten years after their messy
divorce, is there still
something between Robin and
"Yes. Marian still has a spark
glowing for Robin. They never
resolved things between them -
you know those terrible divorces
where the couples don’t talk
"There was no marriage guidance
back then. But when she learns
of the Sheriff’s plot they are
thrown back together again as
they team up to save the
citizens of Nottingham."
Have you worked with Cannon and
Ball before? Did you know them
"I love working with Tommy and
Bobby. I’d worked with them a
couple of times before on
variety shows. I think it’s an
excellent bit of casting because
they have a lot of stage
experience and will bring a real
strength to the show because
they’re such great double act.
Bobby teases Tommy all the
Why do we keep returning to the
legend of Robin Hood?
"It’s a huge favourite because
it's an eternal myth. The
characters have been portrayed
in so many different ways
throughout the centuries.
"Audiences know exactly what the
story should be, but they don’t
know how it will be interpreted.
I think it’s enduringly popular
because of that."
What makes Ben Langley’s writing
"He’s a great writer. He did 20
years as a street performer in
Covent Garden, and all his
dialogue succeeds because he had
to learn and adapt to how to
relate to audiences on the
"He’s taken all that experience
and put it directly into his
writing. That's why it's so
strong and so believable."
Tell us more
"Ha Ha! shows are so successful
because even though they are
parodies the subjects are still
treated with respect. This
particular script has been
slaved over for months because
Ben wants it watertight.
"As we rehearse, he says, “If
that doesn’t work, we’ll replace
it," which is a great creative
formula. Now the Ha Ha!
productions have become shows
that everyone wants to be
involved with and which
audiences return to see time and
What do you enjoy most about
"The buzz. I love it. The
audience are right there with
you, and you're taking them on a
journey. You're doing it for
them at that very moment in
time. That's a special feeling.
You give your all every night
and get so much back. You can't
beat live theatre."
Does it bring you a thrill that
TV can never match?
"Definitely. Live theatre gives
you the most marvellous feeling
in the world - it's very
"With TV, you've done the
performance six months earlier
but on stage it's there and
then. It's where you really
learn your craft. You can't top
You've been a stalwart in pantos
over the years. Why are you so
committed to them?
"I love panto. It's very
immediate. Audiences know what
they're coming to see. They know
they'll get a familiar story
with lots of modern twists.
Also, they're in on all the
Does panto also bring a new
audience to the theatre?
"Yes. It's not posh theatre. For
a lot of people, it's their
first ever visit to the theatre
and it's an easy way to get them
back. They might not come and
see Othello. It sounds like a
washing-up liquid - "pour
Othello on your saucepans."
"You can't get people in
initially with something too
heavy but they'll come to panto
where they're actively
encouraged to boo and shout.
When I'm playing a baddie and I
hear children screaming I know
I've done my job.
"I love the audience
participation of panto, and I
love taking people away from
their day to day problems for a
couple of hours."
Are you doing panto this winter?
"Yes, I'm playing the Wicked
Queen in Snow White in
Sunderland. I absolutely love
the script, which has been honed
to within an inch of its life.
"I get to be really mean towards
Snow White and have a rapport
with the Prince. When we're in
the dungeon together, I sing,
"Don't You Wish Your Girlfriend
Was Hot Like Me?"
Did you always want to be an
"Yes. I knew from the age of six
that there was something special
about showbiz. People often say,
"I was born to do this" and I
genuinely was. I wasn't just
doing it for the applause; I
wanted to learn the craft of
"Whether you're an actor, a car
mechanic or an ice cream
salesman, you have to have
passion for your job and want to
learn more about it."
Can you expand on that?
"I knew acting would be my
career - I didn't have to look
any further. When I told the
school careers officer I wanted
to be an actress, she said,
"don't be ridiculous, train to
be a chef instead."
"But I was not cut out for that.
At least the catering industry
was spared my culinary
What first gave you the acting
"When I was 11, my headmistress
said to me, "Su, dear, I realise
you have a flair for performing
because every day you come in
wearing your school coat like an
opera cape. You need an outlet."
"So she sent me along to the
Coop Arts Theatre in Nottingham.
I had an audition and the
director told me, "Oh yes,
you'll be an asset. Welcome." I
immediately thought, "This is
what I want to do forever."
What was special about that
"Coop Arts Theatre also trained
people like Peter Bowles,
Michael Jayston and Sherrie
Hewson. The only local
performers who didn't come along
were Torvill and Dean, as there
was no skating allowed!
"It’s a lovely theatre still
going strong today. We were only
amateurs but we had brilliant
people teaching us, like the
great actor John Neville. I was
thrilled to bits to go there.
It's the best thing I ever did."
What was your first ever
"It was a play about a school
called Peaches and Cream. I
loved it. I thought then, "This
is what I want to do for the
rest of my life."
What would you say was your big
"I was very lucky to get Hi Di
Hi. It was my springboard and
passport to loads of other
things as it raised my career to
another level. It was a
fantastic show and I look back
on it very fondly.
"Even today, people are always
coming up to me and saying, "Hi
Di Hi, Su!"
have been in many other great
sitcoms down the years, such as
You Rang, My Lord. Were the
1970s and 80s a golden age for
the British sitcom?
"Absolutely. The 1970s and 80s
were a mine of sitcom talent.
Sadly I think the sitcom is
fading now due to a lack of good
"I often think when I’m sent a
TV script, "You're joking! That
was done better 40 years ago."!
Have we lost the art of
producing great TV?
"Yes. Nowadays we only seem to
make Reality TV, which everyone
is glued to. Everybody just
wants to go straight onto The X
Factor. We've most definitely
been dumbed down and it fills me
with total dissatisfaction."
Do you look back on your career
"Absolutely. I can't grumble at
all. I've been very, very lucky
that people have enjoyed what
"I never want to retire. I want
to keep going forever!"
Su Pollard stars with Cannon and
Ball in Ha Ha Hood! And The
Prince of Leaves in theatres
around the UK.
For more information about
Ha Ha Hood! and
the Prince of Leaves with Cannon
visit the website at
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Tamzin Outhwaite joins cast in
new 10-part series on BBC ONE
BBC The new 10-part series sees
cast members Tamzin Outhwaite
(Sasha Miller) and Nicholas
Lyndhurst (Dan Griffin), who
were introduced at the end of
the last series, established
alongside Denis Lawson (Steve
McAndrew) and Dennis Waterman
(Gerry Standing) as the team of
reinvestigating the Met’s
Richard Burrell, Executive
Producer says, “The end of the
last series was very much about Tamzin’s character, Sasha
Miller, getting her feet under
the table as the new boss of
UCOS. The starting point for
this series is, its six months
later, they know each other,
they know how to rib each other,
they know how to wind each other
up and they’re up and running to
have new adventures.
"The other point about the new
series is with the new team in
place we go back to 10 separate
stories, with a variety of
character issues weaved
throughout each episode for one,
or all, of the main cast. It’s
also an opportunity for the
audience to get to know and fall
in love with each of the
Producer, Tom Mullens says,
“There’s definitely a new
dynamic within the team, the
format is still the same with
three unruly boys running rings
around their boss. Tamzin’s
character brings something
slightly different to the
dynamic and so do the guys and
there are different
relationships to explore between
Richard Burrell adds, “Along
with the team dynamic, humour
continues to play a big part in
New Tricks and is potentially
one of the things that sets it
apart from other cop shows, and
it doesn’t need to come out of
banana skin jokes, here it comes
out of a relationship or
“In episode one we concentrate
on Gerry Standing’s character
and his upbringing in
Bermondsey, the people he used
to know, and at the heart of
that episode there is still a
meaty case to be solved. He’s
asked to find out what happened
to the grandson of one of his
"Every episode is different,
strong crime stories throughout.
We meet Steve McAndrew’s wife,
played by Julie Graham who has
to deal with his son who turns
up unexpectedly, Sasha Miller
has to deal with her ex-husband,
who is also a cop and Dan is
dealing with empty nest syndrome
when his daughter leaves for
university, so we play those
character stories throughout.”
In terms of what Tamzin’s
character of Sasha brings to New
Tricks Richard explains, “Amanda Redman’s character of
Pullman, worked and operated in
a different Metropolitan Police
and we were aware she was tough,
she ruled with a rod of iron,
because in that era, as a woman,
you had to be like that in the
police force, you had to be
tougher than the men to be taken
seriously. With Sasha Miller you
can be your own woman, the
methodology of policing is more
inclusive as reflected in many
work places and I think that’s
what we’ve bought to the
character of Sasha.”
Guest artists are Phil Davis,
Nicola Stephenson, Sophie
Thompson, Tracy-Ann Oberman,
Claire Goose, David Hayman,
Niamh Cusack, Louis Emerick, Amy
Nutall and Tom Georgeson.
Tamzin describes her character
as, "Quite no nonsense and quite
straight forward, also much more
vulnerable than you’d expect and
quite comfortable in male
company. She’s been leading
high-level teams in a much more
intense and dangerous
environment, but what she’s
found in this team of people is
a very comfortable unit, which
personally she finds a lot more
She particularly likes the character's
relationship with the team. "I
like the fact she has got a great
connection with the team, she
has a respect for all three
characters and the amount of
hours they put in. I love that
she has that respect for them
and she doesn’t undermine them.
"She feels everyone has a place
in the team and I like the fact
she’s had a lot of heartache and
now she’s getting her mojo back
and is going to have some fun
"I like the realism of New
Tricks, the idea that all of
this is really possible. I have
quite an inquisitive nature, so
I’d be interested in doing a job
like this in real life. I’m
quite passionate about finding
out about things and I’m really
direct and nosy. I thought I
could do this and it would suit
New Tricks is made by Wall To
Wall Television (a Warner Bros
Television Production) executive
produced by Richard Burrell for
Wall To Wall and Polly Hill for
BBC One, and produced by Tom