Jim Davidson Presents
Louise Gold appeared as the actress playing Tanya in Mamma Mia, recorded at The Cambridge Theatre London, Scheduled broadcast time on BBC 1 at 21:30 to 22:20 on Friday 30 June 2000. (actually broadcast a bit later, the BBC was running late)
Host - Jim Davidson
Music - Jessica Simpson
Comedy - Frank Carson & Mark Walker
Performance - Atomic Kitten
Performance - The Cast Of Mamma Mia (features: Louise Plowright as Donna, Louise Gold as Tanya, and, Lesley Nicol as Rosie)
Director - Geoff Miles
Executive Producer - Peter Estall
Mamma Mia’s contribution involved the three Dynamos (Louise Plowright with her backing singers Louise Gold and Lesley Nicol) in their finale costumes, leading the Mamma Mia company with their Mamma Mia finale version of Dancing Queen.
The three Mamma Mia dynamos featured here, and possibly other members of the cast (if they went on to appear in Cast 3), were shown in action (actually in the show) in A Week In The West End, ABBA - The Reunion, and, ABBA – The Mamma Mia! Story.
by Emma Shane
Unfortunately I only caught this by chance, a bit late, when the cast were in the middle of singing Dancing Queen. So effective did the seventies style Mamma Mia finale costumes look that at first glance I thought it might be something from the 70’s or 80’s, and someone else thought it was a spoof. However, on noticing that the song was lead by three women, I realised it was obviously a Mamma Mia cast in final post finale mode. Since the Broadway production had just opened for a moment I wondered if it could be from that. A split second later I recognised the three leading woman as (from left to right) Louise Gold, Louise Plowright and Lesley Nicol, so it was London Production Cast 2. How wonderful they were, and the two Louises were particularly good. At the end of the number the camera panned away, and is it did so happened to alight on Louise Gold’s face, she was clearly aware of this (she is a experienced television comedy performer after all) for she gave it a look that was just characteristically her. All in all a delightful little appearance (of which I wish I’d seen the whole thing). And what a thrill to see that particular Mamma Mia cast, especially Louise & Louise on television like that.
Links about Jim Davidson Presents
ABBA News, items for June/July 2000, scroll down to find the reference to the Mamma Mia cast’s appearance on Jim Davidson Presents): http://www.abbamail.com/news/latest19.htm
Gail Mackinnon (the actress who played Lisa one of Sophie’s pals in Mamma Mia)’s website entry for her TV work (including Jim Davidson Presents): http://www.gailmackinnon.net/biog.htm
OMD’s official website, news items for Atomic Kitten for 2000 (mentions that they would be appearing on Jim Davidson Presents: http://www.omd.uk.com/html/atomic_00.html