Sunday for Sammy: past shows & DVDs
The show opened with something new, 'Not the Great North Run' starred Denise Welch, Charlie Hardwick, Angie Lonsdale and Brendan Foster, he's not happy with their training regime or the route they took!
Nuggets in the laughter-packed show include Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais' latest Auf Wiedersehen Pet adventure into classic Greek mythology - Denise Welch as Helen of Blyth, anyone? Dennis, Neville and Moxey have never looked better in togas and Stephen Tomkinson's Zeus was a tour de force.
There's a new comedy quiz show, 'Mock the News for Yous Like” given a regional flavour by its cast of Jason Cook, Steffen Peddie, James Baxter, Vicky Elliott, Rosie Ramsey and Peter Peverley as a returning Bobby Thompson. The winning sketch from the 2015 'Sketch for Sammy' competition had the audience in stitches, customer Ian Paine got himself in a right state trying to buy a coffee from Pam Royle and Laura Norton.
There’s also hilarious takes on local sporting rivalry in 'Derby Day' and a suggestion for the future in 'The Mackems and the Geordies' which features Denise Welch, Tim Healy, Kevin Whately and Jill Halfpenny with the exhilarating Newcastle College Chorus. Act two opened with a moving tribute to Brendan Healy, stalwart of Sunday for Sammy since its inception. There were tears of laughter and sadness and a standing ovation both front of house and backstage.
The all-star Houseband featuring Billy ‘the glue’ Mitchell and backing vocalists the Sammyettes raised the roof and musical highlights were provided by the wonderful Jill Halfpenny; Ray Stubbs produced gritty R&B; Pete Scott had us in stitches with 'Kuala Lumpur Clegg'; Lorraine Crosby gave us a barnstorming 'Proud Mary'; Charlie Hardwick charmed us with her group 'Kissed' and returning hero Ray Jackson starred in a stunning finale with some Lindisfarne classics. We've said it before but this has never been more true, Sunday for Sammy 2016 really is the best one yet!
The 'cream of the crop', the 'pick of the bunch', the 'cherry on the cake'.... all of these superlatives can be used to describe the fantastic performances featured on this DVD taken from the shows staged between 2004 and 2008.
Produced and Directed by Geoff Wonfor.
Olympic athlete Brendan Foster as the Emperor's Messenger? World champion boxer Glen McCrory and Newcastle United Fairs Cup hero Cap'n Bob Moncur as Roman Soldiers? Where else but on stage in Sunday for Sammy 2014 would you experience these dramatic delights? It's a measure of the enduring appeal of Sunday for Sammy that sportsmen of their caliber are prepared to put on the costumes and make-up and join the cast of celebrity North East performers to enchant the audience at what has become the flagship entertainment event in the North's calendar.
The now legendary Clement and La Frenais 'Auf Wiedersen Pet' sketch was set on Hadrian's Wall and Tim Healy, Kevin Whately and Christopher Fairbank were joined in this tale of Roman bricklaying and matrimonial misdemeanors bt Denise Welch, Julia Tobin, Peter Peverley, Lesley Saint John, Pam Royle, Ingrid Hageman and Jeff Brown in addition to the three illustrious sportsmen. All were kept in check by the Emperor's Tribune, played with gusto by the inimitable and hilarious Brendan Healy.
Early in the show Billy Mitchell gave the audience a short history of Sunday for Sammy before introducing Sammy newcomers Chris Ramsay and Jason Cook (Hebburn) plus Laura Norton (Emmerdale) Simon Donald (Him off the Viz) and Charles Lawson (Coronation Street) who joined Charlie Hardwick, Joe Caffrey, Angie Lonsdale and Les Robson in two hilarious sketches written by Trevor Wood and Ed Waugh. (Apologies in advance to Ant and Dec and Lee Hall).
Comedian Steve Womack and songwriter Pete Scott had the audience in stitches, Chelsea Halfpenny and Tom Mitchell performed a stunning duet, the Kids from Sage gave us a glimpse of the future and Sunday for Sammy grantee Immy Williams sang one of her outstanding songs.
As usual at Sunday for Sammy the music rocked the house, with duets from both Tim Healy and Lorraine Crosby and Jill and Chelsea Halfpenny. Ray Stubbs and Billy Mitchell gave us music that shook the City Hall to its foundations; all accompanied by the magnificent Geordienaires and Scarlet Street.
Where else but at a Sunday for Sammy show could you see Auf Wiedersehen Pet's Tim Healy, Kevin Whately, Chris Fairbank and Julia Tobin in a hilarious sketch written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais that also featured Emmerdale's Chris Chittell, Loose Women's Denise Welch and Byker Grove's Donna Air, all playing the parts of King Arthur and his court and kept in order by Merlin the Magician, played by the inimitable Brendan Healy.
Add to that a rapturous standing ovation for surprise guest Joe McElderry following his stunning rendition of 'Nessun Dorma', another pair of side-splitting sketches written by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood featuring Emmerdale's Charlie Hardwick and Chelsea Halfpenny plus The Bill's Angie Lonsdale and the RSC's Peter Peverley.
Then there were brilliant young comedians Gavin Webster and Josh Daniels, a duet with a difference from Billy Mitchell, a very timely ode to a pasty from Tyneside Troubadour Pete Scott, cameo performances from grant recipients Nathalie Stern and Adam Taylor and the whole thing topped off with a rip-roaring selection of tunes from the rockin' Sammy Bandits with vocals from Ray Stubbs, Tim Healy, Lorraine Crosby and Billy Mitchell.
It's ten years since the first Sunday for Sammy show was staged at Newcastle City Hall to celebrate the life of Geordie actor Sammy Johnson following his sudden death in 1998. Since then the bi-annual show has gained legendary status and the cast list has featured the cream of North East stage, screen and musical talent.
The 2010 show featured on this DVD thrilled the sell-out audience once again and surpassed all previous productions. Sunday for Sammy regulars Tim Healy, Kevin Whately, Christopher Fairbank, Brendan Healy and Billy Mitchell were joined by Julia Tobin (Neville's Brenda) and Corrie's Kevin Kennedy in a spectacular show jam packed with comedy and music. Timothy Spall was beamed in to join his Auf Wiedersehen Pet pals in a rollicking sketch set in Colditz Castle and Alan Shearer was on hand to give surprise guest star Mark Knopfler some advice on his music. Denise Welch was joined by Andrea McLean, Gaynor Faye, Pam Royle and Angie Lonsdale in a hilarious episode of Slack Lasses and Kathryn Tickell added some authentic Northumbrian Music to the heady mix.
Sunday for Sammy has now become established as the high-water mark in the North East’s entertainment calendar. The 2008 event, staged at Newcastle City Hall on Sunday 8th February, featured a stellar cast of performers.
Actors Tim Healy, Kevin Whately, Timothy Spall and Christopher Fairbank resurrected their Auf Wiedersehen Pet characters yet again for a hilarious sketch set in Sherwood Forest and written by the shows creators, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. Denise Welch, Charlie Hardwick and Angie Lonsdale performed a side-splitting piece celebrating the final voyage of the Tuxedo Princess and were joined by Zoë Tyler and Coleen Nolan in another, lampooning their popular TV show, Loose Women. The Geordie version is called Slack Lasses. Ex-Lindisfarne musicians Ray Jackson, Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw rocked the City Hall with some magnificent music. Comedians Brendan Healy, Steve Womack and Peter Peverley had the audience in stitches. Young dancer Liam Mower reprised his show-stopping performance in the West End hit Billy Elliott and brought the house down.
Following Geordie actor Sammy Johnson's sudden death in 1998, his friends Tim Healy and Jimmy Nail established the Sammy Johnson Memorial Fund in his memory. This is the fourth of what has now become a series of sell-out concerts on Tyneside in support of the fund. The event, staged this time at the Sage Gateshead, again captured the imagination of the people of the North-East and both shows sold out without any advertising.
A cast featuring Tim Healy, Jimmy Nail and Kevin Whately - Dennis, Oz and Neville from Auf Wiedersehen Pet, plus Brian Johnson,
Denise Welch, Jill Halfpenny, Brendan Healy, John Miles,
ex-Lindisfarne singer Billy Mitchell, Young Sinfonia, the Swing Bridge Singers and many, many more delivered two hours of scintillating music and comedy in memory of their pal Sammy.
On the 1st February 2004, an all-star cast of Tynesiders performed two sell-out concerts at Newcastle City Hall in support of the Sammy Johnson Memorial fund. Those lucky enough to get tickets laughed and sang their way through two hours of fantastic Geordie entertainment.
Features contributions from Peter Beardsley, Judy Dinning, Brendan Healy, Tim Healy, Brian Johnson, Angie Lonsdale, Val McLane, Billy Mitchell, Jimmy Nail, Peter Peverley, Ray Stubbs, Denise Welch, Kevin Whately, Dave Whittaker and many more!