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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.

Genres: Comedy
Station: BBC Two (UK)
Rating: 0/10 from 0 users
Status: Ended
Start: 1981-02-26

Hi-de-Hi! Season 3 Air Dates


S03E01 - Nice People with Nice Manners Air Date: 31 October 1982 18:20 -

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Yvonne and Barry decide to hold a genteel party for the more refined staff members. This does not include Peggy although they have asked her to give out the invitations. However, come the night of the party she admits she has forgotten to do this and the invitations are now probably lost. Advised by Jeff she summons all the entertainment staff to turn up but they are all going to bed so Barry and Yvonne find themselves the reluctant hosts of a pyjama party.


S03E02 - Carnival Time Air Date: 07 November 1982 18:20 -

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Hugo Buxton, Jeff's former head of department, comes to the camp to try and persuade him to go back to Cambridge. His visit coincides with the preparation of the Maplin float for the town carnival which features Gladys as Joan of Arc. Things go very awry when the fire on the float gets out of hand and it has to be pulled into the swimming pool. Hugo cannot understand why Jeff prefers such chaos to the academic life, but Jeff replies that he has met real people who are now his friends.


S03E03 - A Matter of Conscience Air Date: 14 November 1982 18:20 -

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Joe Maplin rings Jeff to say that inspectors are coming to look at land next to the camp with a view to building a new hospital and he wants the staff to sabotage the plan. Opinion is split among the staff but when the inspectors turn up they are greeted by a smelly bonfire and a few very noisy protesters. Peggy, however, is annoyed with Ted for tricking her into taking part by telling her the visitors were Hollywood talent scouts.


S03E04 - The Pay-Off Air Date: 21 November 1982 18:20 -

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The hospital could still be built next to the camp so Maplin sends Jeff a thousand pounds with which to bribe officials. Ted tricks Jeff into letting him do the hand-over but he is pursued by a policeman who wonders why he has so much money and he drops Jeff in it by saying it is a pay-off to a girl impregnated by Jeff. The news comes that the hospital will be built elsewhere. Maplin will donate nine hundred of the thousand pounds to the hospital and Ted hopes to pocket the remaining hundred for himself. However he gives it to Fred, who needs to pay the vet when his horse gets ill.


S03E05 - Trouble and Strife Air Date: 28 November 1982 18:20 -

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Ted's ex-wife Hilary turns up. He is behind with her maintenance and could be arrested unless he gives her fifty pounds. Ted and other members of the entertainment staff manage to scrape together forty pounds through a series of scams but Jeff refuses to give Ted the last tenner as Ted still owes him ten pounds from the previous day. Eventualy Jeff relents but Ted is annoyed as he could have got away with giving Hilary forty pounds and has to admit that the bet he placed with Jeff's ten pounds made him a winner so he has to repay Jeff as well.


S03E06 - Stripes Air Date: 05 December 1982 18:20 -

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Following an inspection of the camp by Joe Maplin, Gladys is considered to be the most efficient worker and entitled to a rise. To prove her superiority she sews stripes onto her blazer but other staff members become jealous and decide to add stripes to their uniforms as well. After Gladys' half-brother Gareth has turned up and erroneously identified as a Peeping Tom, Gladys realises that she has been childish and removes the stripes.


S03E07 - Co-Respondent's Course Air Date: 12 December 1982 18:20 -

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S03E08 - It's A Blue World Air Date: 19 December 1982 18:20 -

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S03E09 - Eruptions Air Date: 26 December 1982 18:20 -

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S03E10 - The Society Entertainer Air Date: 02 January 1983 18:20 -

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S03E11 - Sing You Sinners Air Date: 09 January 1983 18:20 -

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S03E12 - Maplin Intercontinental Air Date: 16 January 1983 18:20 -

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S03E13 - All Change Air Date: 23 January 1983 18:20 -

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Hi-de-Hi! Actors

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)

Linda Regan(April)



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