CHESTERFIELD: Jenny Funnell to star in thriller at Pomegranate Theatre

Jenny Funnell, left, with Ben Roddy and Anna Brecon

Jenny Funnell, left, with Ben Roddy and Anna Brecon

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Twelve series is a long run for a television sitcom, but for many people that wasn’t enough of As Time Goes By. More than seven years on, the popular comedy still has numerous fans on both sides of the Atlantic.

Twelve series is a long run for a television sitcom, but for many people that wasn’t enough of As Time Goes By. More than seven years on, the popular comedy still has numerous fans on both sides of the Atlantic.

Jenny Funnell became a household face as sweet-natured office-manager-cum-surrogate-daughter Sandy. “We all miss it hugely,” she says. “We had the same writer, director and crew for every single episode. We stay in touch, and get together for a reunion lunch at least once a year.

“Twelve years meant all kinds of life changes: getting married, having babies, losing loved ones. We supported each other like a big family.”

Jenny has now returned to her roots in live theatre; after a tense drama for Talking Scarlet at the Pomegranate last year, she’s back with them this week for the Richard Harris chiller Dead Guilty.

‘Jenny is playing against type this time,’ says director Patric Kearns. ‘Audiences may be in for a surprise or two!’

Jenny loves the theatre, but these days she’s less keen on touring. ‘The plus side is I get to visit places I wouldn’t otherwise see – Chesterfield, for instance. But my daughter Ella is only eleven, so I like to get home as often as possible.’”

Is Ella following in Mum’s footsteps?

“She auditioned for a Radio 4 play, completely off her own bat, and got the part. And I know I’m biased, but she was very good!”

Dead Guilty also stars Emmerdale’s Anna Brecon, and is at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate from Thursday, April 18 to Saturday, April 20.