Stars say panto roles will be wishes fulfilled
ALADDIN'S three wishes came in the form of three stars who gathered together to launch The Bristol Hippodrome's pantomime.
Former Big Brother winner Josie Gibson, Loose Women presenter Carol McGiffen and comedian Andy Ford are all set to star in this year's pantomime which opens on Friday, December 7.
While Miss Gibson and Ms McGiffen will take turns to play the role of the Genie of the Lamp, Mr Ford will play Aladdin's hapless brother Wishee Washee.
Ms McGiffen is known for her long-running radio career and her status as one of the Loose Women panel.
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Best known for her deadpan and opinionated wit, she will be bringing her trademark sense of humour in granting Aladdin's three wishes and will appear as the Genie from Friday, December 7 to Monday, December 17 inclusive.
Then she will hand over the lamp to Miss Gibson, who won the 2010 series of Big Brother, and who will play the role from Wednesday, December 19 to Sunday, January 6.
Since leaving the Big Brother house, in 2010, Miss Gibson has gone on to forge a successful career in the media, guest presenting on television shows such as OK! TV for Channel 5, Big Brother's Bit on the Side and writing a regular column for Now Magazine.
Returning for his fourth year at the Hippodrome comedian Andy Ford will bring his much-loved humour and pantomime experience to the show which marks his 43rd year in the business.
Ms McGiffin said: "A lot of my Loose Women pals are panto veterans and have always said what a laugh it is to do so I'm really looking forward to making Aladdin's wishes come true, the poor bloke."
Aladdin plays The Bristol Hippodrome from Friday, December 7 to Sunday, January 6, 2013.
Performances are 2pm and 7pm except Sundays, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year's Eve at 1pm and 5pm. There are no performances December 11,18,25 or January 1. Tickets cost from £10 from www.atg tickets.com/bristol or 0844 871 3012.