ASK JEFFREY HOLLAND
Thanks to all the people who supplied questions via this website and the Perry & Croft Forum ! Thanks to Jeff for taking time out of his busy theatre schedule to answer the following...
DO YOU EVER WISH YOU WERE NOT FAMOUS AND LIVE A NORMAL LIFE (EVEN JUST FOR A FEW DAYS ?)
Jeffrey Holland: I do not “feel” famous although I know I am known but I think I do live a normal life!
WOULD YOU HAVE LIKED TO HAVE PLAYED A PART IN THE 2007/08 TOUR OF THE DAD’S ARMY STAGE PLAY ? IF SO, WHICH ROLE WOULD YOU HAVE ENJOYED THE MOST ?
I would like to have played Jones although I am physically wrong for it but it would have been fun!
SPIKE IS A VERY NAÏVE CHARACTER, BUT ALWAYS WELL MEANING AND FREQUENTLY PUTS HIS FOOT IN IT ! DO YOU HAVE ANY FANS LIKE THAT ?
Not that I know of!
DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS ABOUT ANY PART OF YOUR CAREER ?
I don’t think it could have worked out any better than it did but who knows?
YOU HAVE SAID YOU ARE BLIND AS A BAT WITHOUT YOUR GLASSES, DO YOU EVER WEAR CONTACT LENSES ?
I did wear them for a while in the 80s while we were making the series but didn’t get on with them at all. I am quite happy working blind!
DO YOU EVER WISH YOU’D PLAYED DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHARACTERS ? DO YOU THINK THE CHARACTERS YOU HAVE PLAYED GIVE PEOPLE A TRUE OR FALSE IMPRESSION OF WHAT YOU ARE REALLY LIKE ?
It does not matter what I am really like when I play any part. It is the character that has to be observed because that is my job.
IT MUST BE DIFFICULT FOR AN ACTOR TO BE SEEN AS A SEX SYMBOL. HAVE YOU HAD ANY MARRIAGE PROPOSALS ?
It has never come to that!
IF YOU CHOSE TO LIVE A DAY AS ONE OF YOUR SIT-COM CHARACTERS WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY ? SPIKE DIXON, JAMES TWELVETREES OR CECIL PARKIN ?
James because he was such a complex person in a trapped environment.
IN THE YRML PILOT, JAMES’ ACCENT SEEMS A BIT ‘ROUGHER’ AND ACCENTED, BUT AFTER THAT IT SEEMS TO HAVE SOFTENED DOWN TO RP. I WONDER WHAT LAY BEHIND THAT CHANGE ?
We decided that he was from working class stock like Alf but would have wanted to better himself and a simple way to start is to speak “posh”.
HOW FAR DO YOU THINK JAMES AND POPPY’S RELATIONSHIP ACTUALLY PROGRESSED ?
No further than you saw in the programme as she would never have let it go any further with a servant. She just enjoyed leading him on!
HOW MUCH OF YOU WAS IN JAMES AND SPIKE ? WOULD YOU HAVE ACTUALLY LIKED TO WORK WITH SOMEONE LIKE JAMES ?
There is always some of you in every part you play, I think I would have liked Spike but would have found him to be a bit naïve but I could relate to James far more.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LAUREL AND HARDY FILM ?
Short: Towed in a Hole. Feature: Way Out West.
JAMES AND IVY WENT OFF TO RUN A BOARDING HOUSE TOGETHER, DO YOU THINK THEIR RELATIONSHIP WOULD HAVE TURNED INTO REAL LOVE ? Who knows? I think it could depending on the success or not of the enterprise.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORKING WITH MICHAEL KNOWLES ? Always a joy!
HAVE YOU EVER ACCEPTED A ROLE IN A PLAY OR ON TV AND LATER REGRETTED DOING IT ? Several times but that’s show biz!
WHAT DO YOU PREFER PANTO, THEATRE OR TV ? Theatre
HAVE YOU KEPT IN CONTACT WITH THE CAST OF YRML ?
Only a few as we are all away doing other things
AS A STAR TREK FAN, WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE VERSION OF THE SHOW AND ALSO WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTER ?
Voyager although I love TNG and DS9 but my favourite character is Seven of Nine. Well, why not?
WHAT ARE YOUR MEMORIES OF LESLIE DWYER AND KENNETH CONNOR ?
Leslie was a great old Pro with a lot to teach and so was Kenny but an absolute hoot to work with.
IN THE HDH EPISODE “PEGGY’S BIG CHANCE” TED SHOWS SPIKE A ROUTINE TO FALL INTO THE POOL… “STEP HEEL SLIDE SLIDE SLIDE”. HAVE YOU EVER USED IT SINCE ?
Never needed it, but will never forget it!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE HDH EPISODE AND WHY ? WHEN DID YOU GET YOUR SCRIPTS PRIOR TO FILMING AND WAS THE SUMMER FILMED IN WINTER AS IT ALWAYS LOOKED QUITE COLD ? IS IT TRUE THAT YOU PLAYED TABLE TENNIS WITH PAUL SHANE BETWEEN SCENES ?
I don’t have a favourite episode and got our scripts 3 or 4 weeks prior to filming which started end of Sept when the camp closed so we got what was left of the sun although it did get colder! I have never played table tennis with anybody!!!
WHAT WORK IS ANY MEDIUM ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY ?
“Goon Again” available on cassette and CD
DO YOU WATCH THE DVD’S OF HDH AND YRML AND IF SO HOW DO YOU FEEL THE SHOWS STAND UP 30 YEARS LATER ?
Yes I do as I am very proud of them and the fact that they are as funny now as they were then thanks to brilliant writing!