Hi-de-Hi actor is megastar in Hungary where he’s worshipped on telly ‘every day’

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Sitcom legend Jeffrey Holland is a megastar in Hungary.

Telly viewers there are still obsessed with the show You Rang, M’Lord? almost 30 years after it finished.

Jeffrey, 75, is also loved by Hungarians for playing comic Spike Dixon in the classic comedy Hi-de-Hi.

He told the Daily Star Sunday: “You Rang, M’Lord is enormous in Hungary. It’s humungous.

“They watch it every single day on television. For some reason it has become part of their national culture and they adore the show.

“I get emails every week from people there because it’s still so popular.”

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And when Jeffrey made a public appearance in Hungary, he was amazed by the reaction. He said: “When I walked out on stage the audience went wild.

“I’d never heard anything like it. It was like I was Elvis Presley. It was so moving.

“When I came off I burst into tears because I was so overwhelmed by the love in the room. We were treated like royalty.

“Then, when I did a show in the West End, about 40 fans from Hungary flew over to see it. They loved every moment.

“I met some of them afterwards and I made a lot of friends.”

Jeffrey, pictured below in Hi-de-Hi with Paul Shane, was in a string of other hit comedies in the 70s and 80s including Are You Being Served? and Dad’s Army.

He added: “I was very lucky to do everything I did. I am so very proud to have been part of that era of TV comedy.

“I often get asked if I get sick of people saying ‘Hi-de-Hi’ to me. But I don’t. I’d be sick if they didn’t! People only say it
because they love the show.”

Jeffrey served up a British classic

You Rang, M’Lord? was TV sensation in the early 90s.

It followed the antics of the posh Meldrum family and their servants against the backdrop of London in the 1920s.

It starred Jeffrey Holland, Paul Shane and Su Pollard, above, and the cast also included Donald Hewlett, Mavis Pugh and Perry Benson. Scripts were penned by the genius writers who brought us Dad’s Army – David Croft and Jimmy Perry.

Like many sitcoms at the time, it was filmed in front of a studio audience, although some scenes were shot in Norfolk.

The show ran for four series and 26 episodes before ending in 1993. But it is still a massive hit with fans around the world to this day.

All episodes are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video or they can be bought at the iTunes store.

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