THE son of one of television’s most recognisable faces is carrying on his dad’s legacy in Weymouth.
Danny Rogers, son of 3-2-1 host Ted Rogers, is starring in the resort’s summer pantomime at
But this isn’t the first time Danny has performed on the Pavilion stage.
The 24-year-old, who plays flawed hero Seadog Billy in Pirates of the Pavilion, performed on stage alongside his late father at the age of 10 in 2000.
Danny said: “I remember my dad was doing a summer show in Weymouth with Bonnie Langford and Bernie Clifton.
“As part of his act I had to blow raspberries into the microphone.
“It’s very significant coming back here now, I like the fact that the theatre hasn’t really changed, it’s nice that it’s still as it was.
“It’s so nice to see the volunteers here, people are working so hard out the front and behind the scenes.
“It’s lovely that this building is still here.”
Entertainer Ted Rogers passed away in 2001 and is best remembered as host of 1980s game show 3-2-1 alongside the red-nosed radio-controlled Dusty Bin.
The show regularly drew in Saturday night audiences of up to 15 million.
Danny said: “People always say that I look like my dad – I think it must be the eyebrows that give it away.
“I always hear from people about their memories of my dad and get a sense of what he meant to them growing up as children. It’s nice to hear all of that.
“I want to keep being on the stage and doing what I’m doing.
“I just hope that one day I can be as good as dad was.”
Danny, who studied performing arts, has previously performed in a Christmas panto which was a travelling production, taking in theatres in Torquay, Exeter, Paignton, Birmingham and Coventry.
Pirates of the Pavilion is at Weymouth Pavilion every Tuesday. twice daily until August 26.
The story focuses upon a group of pirates who are searching for lost treasure.
Seadog Billy, Max the Pirate Mouse and the dependable Buccaneer Becky, played by Weymouth resident Charlotte Allen, set sail for Mermaid Reef in search of treasure.
It is put on by the same company behind the Pavilion’s Christmas panto, Ron Martin Management.
Director Josh Bennett said the panto has had a ‘really good’ reception so far from holidaymakers and residents.
“We’ve had people walking in and comparing the panto to Disneyland.
“People are really loving it,” he said.