Sid's Place Welcomes...Sally Geeson
Recently, I had the pleasure of catching up with Sally over the telephone, An absolute delight to talk to, Sally shared many wonderfully warm memories of working with Sid on Bless This House. Our conversation also took in her Bless This House co-star and friend Robin Stewart and the Carry On team.
An Interview with Sally Geeson
SP: One of the reasons I've always loved Sid is because he seemed like such a laid-back, genuine, down-to-earth man.
SG: Sid had that lovely way about him. He wasn't like the character he played in the Carry Ons at all. He was very laid-back and a very relaxed man. He set an atmosphere when we were working that made it very, very happy. It was all down to Sid, it really was.
SP: Sid was a relaxed, reassuring presence on the Bless This House set then?
SG: Oh yes, very much so. He rehearsed very hard though, we all did. It's surprising how much rehearsal you need. We rehearsed for a week for each episode. Rehearsals took place in a scout hall down the road from the studios. If people knew then that we were all in that scout hall, can you imagine what it would have been like? With the media like it is today, it would be impossible now! We worked until about two o'clock and then we went up to the studio to have some lunch. Saturday we would do a technical run where all the cameras came in and then Sunday we would be in the studio. We'd be there all day and then the audience would come in, about 500 people.
SP: Was it quite a nerve-wracking experience filming live in front of a studio audience?
SG: It's something that I got used to over the years. Having a live audience made the atmosphere absolutely fantastic for the show. I honestly think that no matter what Sid did, they would have laughed. They loved him and just laughed and cheered - it was marvellous! The audience were so excited to see him there on the set, this wonderful man from all those Carry On films. William G Stewart, the director, would introduce us at the start. First it would be me and Robin and, you know, they liked us. Then Diana would come on and they loved her. I can't describe to you what it was like when Sid came on. There would be a big build up and then Sid would appear. Often Bill would have to ask the audience to please stop clapping so that we could get on with the show. The applause was thunderous!
|My wife and I with Sally in November 2016|