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Hi-de-Hi! is a BBC television sitcom shown on BBC1 from 1980 to 1988.The location is Maplins, a fictional holiday camp, during 1959 through to the early 1960s. It was written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, who also wrote Dad's Army and It Ain't Half Hot Mum amongst others. The title was the greeting the campers heard and in early episodes was written Hi de Hi. The series revolved around the lives of the camp's management and entertainers, most of them struggling actors or has-beens.The inspiration was the experience of one of the writers—after being demobilised from the Army, Perry was a Redcoat at Butlins, Pwllheli during the holiday season.Hi-de-Hi! is set at a holiday camp in the fictional seaside town of Crimpton-on-Sea, Essex.Loosely based on Butlins, Maplins is part of a holiday camp group owned by Joe Maplin, with Yellowcoat replacing Redcoats. Cambridge University Professor of Archaeology, Jeffrey Fairbrother, who had tired of academia, has been appointed the new Entertainment Manager. This has annoyed the Camp Host, Ted Bovis, who had expected the post.The job of Camp Comic is given to the naive but kind-hearted Spike Dixon who wants an introduction to the world of show business. Many episodes involve Ted Bovis attempting to scam the campers as well as the well-meaning Fairbrother, who also has to avoid the romantic approaches of the chief Yellowcoat and Sports Organiser, Gladys Pugh.The other main characters in the show are out-of-work actors and entertainers at the tail end of their careers. These include Fred Quilley, a disqualified jockey; Yvonne and Barry Stuart-Hargreaves, former ballroom champions; Mr Partridge, a music hall star reduced to performing Punch and Judy puppet shows, despite hating children; and Peggy Ollerenshaw, an eccentric but ambitious chalet maid who dreams of becoming a Yellowcoat.
Persistent rain literally washes out the outdoor entertainments usually provided for the children and, to make matters worse, Partridge has hit another kid - who will be compensated by winning a singing contest. Unfortunately this has already been rigged to accommodate another winner so that Ted has to come up with a plan to keep everybody happy.
Peggy Ollerenshaw, the most vocal member of Miss Cathcart's cleaning staff, is anxious to be a Yellowcoat entertainer and Jeff arranges for her to have an interview. To give her an opportunity to prove her entertaining skills Ted invites her to impersonate a shark in a poolside routine which will involve bathing beauty Spike being rescued from the beast's jaws. Unfortunately she isn't very good and will need to wait awhile before she can bid farewell to her dusters.
Jeff decides that there should be sing-alongs led by Spike but these are not entirely successful. His next idea, to play records of classical music to the campers to improve their minds, is even more of a flop and it is up to Ted to step in and give the public what they want without hurting Jeff's feelings.
Ted is offered the opportunity to do another gig, away from the holiday camp. If it goes well he is likely to get a residency at golf club dinners. Jeff reluctantly gives him time off but his act dies, as Peggy, who has sneaked off to see him, tells Jeff. In order to spare Ted's feelings as to why he will now no longer want to leave Maplin's, Jeff tells him he is too valuable to the camp to let him go.
Gladys is sent a bottle of champagne by an admirer, which she shares with Jeff. Later that evening, in order to be civil, Jeff agrees to have a few beers with Bert, a rather loud football fan. As a consequence he gets rather tipsy and Gladys has to escort him back to his chalet. Hearing Jeff telling Gladys to 'let him go' Barry and Yvonne, the snooty dance demonstrators, feel that there is hanky-panky going on and are about to spread the word when Gladys saves Jeff's reputation. However, she still leaves him to wonder what exactly went on between them.
Comedian Spike Dixon falls for the lovely Brenda and the feeling is mutual. The only problem is that Brenda's father regards Spike's occupation as being anything but a proper trade and, if he is to give consent to the union, Spike must follow him into the family's butcher's shop. Spike is faced with a dilemma but Ted and Jeff know exactly what he should do for the best.
Ruth Madoc(Gladys Pugh)
Diane Holland(Yvonne Stuart-Hargreaves)
David Griffin(Squadron Leader Clive Dempster DFC)
Paul Shane(Ted Bovis)
Jeffrey Holland(Spike Dixon)
Felix Bowness(Fred Quilley)
Su Pollard(Peggy Ollerenshaw)
Nikki Kelly(Sylvia Garnsey)
Barry Howard(Barry Stuart-Hargreaves)
Leslie Dwyer(Mr. Partridge)
Simon Cadell(Jeffrey Fairbrother)
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