Exactly 30 years ago today the last episode of Hi-de-Hi! After eight seasons of s holiday camp fun, the yellowcoats were told that Maplins was going upmarket and their services were no longer required — a bitter blow to enthusiastic cleaner Peggy Su Pollard who had just landed the job after spent eight years eagerly campaigning for it…. Played: The well-educated fish-out-of-water entertainments manager Jeffrey Fairbrother in the first four series. Before Hi-de-Hi! After Hi-de-Hi! He also married actress Rebecca Croft, the daughter of Hi-de-Hi! But in January Cadell, aged just 43, suffered a near-fatal heart attack after appearing on stage with Joanna Lumley at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, in London.
Sign In. Hide Spoilers. SetzersGretsch 18 October Set in the fictitious seaside town of Crimpton-on-Sea, "Hi-De-Hi" chronicles the comedic goings on within the Maplins Holiday Camp - one of many dotted along the British coast owned by the mega-rich, but never seen on screen Joe Maplin. Although the actual show began in with the pilot episode and ran until when the BBC deemed it too tame for it's cutting edge comedy department, seasons focused on while seasons spotlighted - a time when the old style British Holiday Camp began to fall into decline. During the first 5 seasons, Jeffrey Fairbrother played brilliantly by the late, great Simon Cadell was the camp's entertainment manager; a well meaning, yet slightly pensive ex-university professor breaking free of his upper class background and venturing into the "real" world to head his team of entertainment staff who were in stark contrast to his own laid-back personality. From season 6 onwards, Fairbrother was replaced by Clive Dempster played by David Griffin when Cadell quit the show at the height of it's popularity , an ex-RAF war hero who, in many ways, was similar to Cadell's character in background, but more a scoundrel than a gentleman. But despite it's whiff of "Carry On" funniness, it was always so innocent and became something of recommended family viewing back in the 80's. Of course, the critics of the show remarked that the show had outstayed it's welcome by a good couple of years, but I disagree. That said, there were a few criticisms of the show.
By John Hoare. Read about the site, visit the archives , read the best stuff , follow me on Twitter , or subscribe. Tagged with bbc , comedy , david croft , edits , hi-de-hi! So, here we are. After looking at the pilot , Series 1 , and Series 2 through 5 , we reach the conclusion of our series of articles comparing Hi-de-Hi! Unfortunately, we run into a little bit of a problem. Throughout the whole rest of the show — the entire Dempster run, in fact — the two versions are absolutely identical.
Hello, campers! Vintage Perry and Croft s fun. Joe Maplin orders the camp staff to enter a float in the local carnival. Classic laughs with the long-legged lady yellowcoats.