EDINBURGH FRINGE: Late Lunch with Biggins at the Pleasance Dome EH8 9AL (1 hr) *****
Christopher Biggins is Mr Showbiz. With his larger than life personality, broad grin and distinctive laugh he lights up wherever he happens to be.

There aren’t many celebrities of his ilk at the Fringe this year so watching this classical actor turned pantomime dame and presenter is a treat. He’s a natural and generous host, chatting easily with and showing genuine interest in his guests.

To date (Aug 9) he has welcomed 27 surprise guests onto his show. 

Not all are appearing at the Fringe. Philip Henderson,  City Officer to the Lord Provost for the last 25 years, gave us a real and entertaining insight into welcoming to Edinburgh the great and the good (Nelson Mandela, Nancy Sinatra…) - as well as the Royal Family - while also running Scottish nights at The Jam House.

But it was his other guests the day I was there who made me wish I could see this show every day, for Biggins brought out in them so many interesting facts about their Fringe shows that I ended up booking for all. Well, for a start, who could not be drawn to a show about the making of the iconic film Jaws, co-written by engaging actor Ian Shaw, son of one of the film’s stars, Robert Shaw?

Of course, Biggins is first and foremost an entertainer and he’ll have you in stitches as he regales you with anecdotes and gossip, and tales of his time in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, which he won in 2007.

Late Lunch With Biggins provides a lot of laughs and offers the best of the Fringe’s performers, thus helping you to navigate your way round this gargantuan festival (and don’t we need that!).

And remember, you won’t know who you’ll be seeing, so it’s always going to be… Surprise Surprise!

Late Lunch with Biggins is at the Pleasance Dome most days until Aug 25 at 2.40pm. Tickets from £11.
Box Office: www.pleasance.co.uk