Stars from some of the most popular TV series of all time, are joining forces to celebrate the Best of British TV Comedy on a new UK tour.
“Its amazing to think that the BBC marks its 100th anniversary this year,” says Jeffrey Holland star of numerous TV, Radio and staged comedy productions. His leading roles in such classics as Hi-De-Hi, You Rang M’Lord, Oh! Dr Beeching and numerous appearances in Dad’s Army, It Aint Half Hot Mum! and Are You Being Served? earned Jeffrey his Comedy Legend status. He is joined by his wife, Judy Buxton, who also has many comedy TV credits to her name including Rising Damp with Leonard Rossiter.
‘Allo. ‘Allo’s Mimi La Bonq, the pocket firework waitress at Rene’s Café, will be making a special appearance too. “I am thrilled to be bringing Mimi back to life!” says Sue Hodge who played the character on TV and stage including a 6-month run at The London Palladium. “Mimi will be singing and recalling some hysterical moments working with that fabulous cast,” says Sue.
Fawlty Towers star April Walker who also worked on The Two Ronnies and Morecambe & Wise, fondly remembers working with the likes of John Cleese on the classic series. “It was tremendous fun,” she says. “”John was funny in rehearsals but when it came to being in front of an audience he was so over the top! He never changed the lines, he didn’t throw anybody off the script or anything… But you ask whether it was difficult not to laugh, I tell you, that was very difficult for me!”
Comedy Legend Debbie Hudd will be interviewing all the stars and fielding questions from the audience about their favourite comedy moments. “All the cast admit that filming these comedy series were the happiest times,” says Debbie. “I can’t wait to discover some of the secrets behind filming them and why they remain so popular and are still being aired. With Keith `Paddington` Richards at the piano, plus the screening of some rare TV moments, it will be a charming trip into TV nostalgia, with some hilarious backstage stories in a fascinating musical celebration of classic TV comedy.”