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Series cast summary:
Paul Shane ...  Ted Bovis 58 episodes, 1980-1988
Ruth Madoc Ruth Madoc ...  Gladys Pugh / ... 58 episodes, 1980-1988
Jeffrey Holland Jeffrey Holland ...  Spike Dixon 58 episodes, 1980-1988
Felix Bowness Felix Bowness ...  Fred Quilley 58 episodes, 1980-1988
Su Pollard Su Pollard ...  Peggy Ollerenshaw 58 episodes, 1980-1988
Diane Holland Diane Holland ...  Yvonne Stuart-Hargreaves 58 episodes, 1980-1988
Nikki Kelly Nikki Kelly ...  Sylvia Garnsey 58 episodes, 1980-1988
David Webb David Webb ...  Stanley Matthews / ... 57 episodes, 1980-1988
Tony Webb Tony Webb ...  Bruce Matthews / ... 57 episodes, 1980-1988
Chris Andrews Chris Andrews ...  Gary / ... 50 episodes, 1981-1988
Barry Howard Barry Howard ...  Barry Stuart-Hargreaves 46 episodes, 1980-1986
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ...  Mr. Partridge 36 episodes, 1980-1984
Simon Cadell Simon Cadell ...  Jeffrey Fairbrother 33 episodes, 1980-1984
Rikki Howard Rikki Howard ...  Betty Whistler 33 episodes, 1980-1984
David Griffin ...  Squadron Leader Clive Dempster DFC 24 episodes, 1984-1988
Linda Regan ...  April 24 episodes, 1984-1988
Laura Jackson Laura Jackson ...  Dawn 24 episodes, 1984-1988
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Comic goings on in this series set in an English holiday camp called Maplins. The title comes from the camp's greeting, which the staff are meant to say with enthusiasm but all too often the camp guests are the last thing on their minds. Ted's the camp comic but is always on the lookout for a way to make money. Gladys has her eye on the boss, and Peggy wants to swap her mop and cleaner's outfit for a "yellow coat". Written by Rob Hartill

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English

Release Date:

1 January 1980 (UK) See more »

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(53 episodes) | (1 episode) | (3 episodes) | (1 episode)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Former Goon Harry Secombe was originally considered for the part of Ted Bovis. See more »

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[repeated line]
Peggy Ollerenshaw: Don't tell Miss Cathcart!
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Crazy Credits

The cast, except Felix Bowness, give the thumbs up, shrugs their shoulders, smiles, etc during the closing credits. Bowness, however, speaks to the camera, but the only audio is the theme song. See more »

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Featured in Omnibus: Perry & Croft: The Sitcoms (1995) See more »

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Hi-De-Hi (Holiday Rock)
Written by Jimmy Perry
Sung by Paul Shane
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Abysmal
19 January 2014 | by TheDreadedNatSee all my reviews

For me, this programme epitomises everything that was wrong with the BBC in the 1980s. I'm astonished to find that it rates so highly (7.0), although the mere 300 or so ratings it has garnered clearly reflect that only hardcore fans have bothered visiting this page (can't remember exactly how it was that I ended up here). My parents used to watch this tripe (back then we only had the 3 channels to choose from) and I always considered it an especially cruel and unusual form of torture. Despite consisting of only 6 or 7 episodes per series, due to the BBCs seemingly endless cycle of repeats, it seemed to hardly ever be off the air.

To give credit where it's due, many of the actors did a reasonable job; the best they could with such appalling, repetitive material. It is to their discredit, however, that only Simon Cadell had the good sense to get out after they won their BAFTA (how on earth did that happen?), having already seen every joke recycled about 25 times over the course of 5 series. The depths to which it plummeted over the remaining 4 series are probably the main reason David Croft had to create 2 more TV series to provide much-needed employment for the 'stars' of this awful show (by this time, we had satellite TV so no-one was forced to suffer through these the way my generation was forced to suffer through the likes of Hi-de-Hi and 'Allo 'Allo).

Hi-de-Hi is typical Croft/Perry fare, in that all the characters are severely dated stereotypes, taking part in poorly-conceived and executed farces that could easily have been written by a drunk comprehensive school drama teacher. I didn't think the 1st series was funny when I was 7 years old and I could barely believe they were still making them when I was 15. Amazing, really, that the BBC saw fit to screen this rubbish alongside such gems as The Young Ones (1982) and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981). Its 'popularity' (among a largely captive audience) is testament to the fact that, by the cynical use of 'canned laughter', it is possible to convince my parents' generation that practically anything is funny.


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