Benidorm (TV series)
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|Created by||Derren Litten|
|Written by||Derren Litten
|Directed by||Sandy Johnson (director)
John Henderson (director)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||5|
|No. of episodes||36 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Ben Cavey
|Running time||44–48 mins (2009–)
22–25 mins (2007–08)
|Production company(s)||Tiger Aspect|
IMG Media (2007–09)
|Original channel||ITV, STV, UTV|
|Picture format||16:9 1080i HDTV (2010–)
16:9 576i SDTV (2007–09)
|Original run||1 February 2007– present|
|Related shows||The Catherine Tate Show|
Exploiting the working class stereotype of the popular Spanish tourist destination Benidorm, the television series features an ensemble cast. Set primarily in the Solana all-inclusive resort hotel, Benidorm follows regulars and first-time holiday makers on their holidays abroad. Despite their disparate backgrounds they all have one thing in common—a quest for getting value for money.
On 12 April 2013 it was confirmed that ITV had ordered a sixth and seventh series of Benidorm. The sixth series was filmed between March and June 2013 and will feature seven episodes that will air on ITV from 2 January 2014.
The television series debuted on ITV on 1 February 2007. Critically acclaimed, Benidorm has received awards and nominations including several National Television Awards and nominations at the British Comedy Awards and BAFTAs.
History of Benidorm
The first series aired from February to March in 2007, introducing 15 regular characters holidaying at the fictional Solana resort in Benidorm. The series primary characters are the Garvey family, consisting of married couple Mick and Janice (Steve Pemberton and Siobhan Finneran) and their two children, Michael (Oliver Stokes) and pregnant teenager Chantelle (Hannah Hobley), as well as Janice's acid-tongued mother Madge Barron (Sheila Reid). Other guests included middle aged Geoff Maltby (Johnny Vegas), often known as "The Oracle" and his elderly mother Noreen (Elsie Kelly); Gavin Ramsbottom (Hugh Sachs) and his life partner Troy (Paul Bazely); Solana regulars and middle aged swingers Donald and Jacqueline Stewart (Kenny Ireland and Janine Duvitski) and wealthy Martin Weedon Nicholas Burns and his highly-strung wife Kate (Abigail Cruttenden). Also included in the regular cast was Solana manageress Janey York (Crissy Rock) and the promiscious hotel barman Mateo Castellanos (Jake Canuso).
The series also featured several guest stars in supporting roles. Niky Wardley portrayed hotel employee Kelly, engaged to Mateo, while Ella Kenion played a Con Woman, who tried to steal from the Garveys on a trip to the beach.
After its successful first run, Benidorm returned for a second series in March 2008 for an extended eight episode run. All fifteen starring actors from the first series reprised their roles for the second, and were joined in the main cast by Geoffrey Hutchings, who portrayed the role of Mel Harvey, a businessman and Madge's new boyfriend.
The series again included a number of guest actors in supporting roles and introduced the series tradition of casting well-known actors for guest appearances on the show. In one of her final roles, Wendy Richard portrayed the role of Sylvia, the foul mouthed mother of Kelly, while Margi Clarke guest starred as Gavin's mother Dorothy. Also introduced in Series 2 was the recurring character Jack, (Elliott Jordan) a young bar owner who falls in love with Janice.
Benidorm returned for an hour long one-off special episode on 31 May 2009, with the episode picking up directly after the cliffhanger ending of series 2. All regular cast members returned for the episode, which saw the hotel guests taken captive by convict Enrique, played by Christopher Sciueref.
Benidorm returned for its full third run in October. From this series, episodes were extended from 30 minutes to 45, though the number of episodes was reduced back down to six. Though most of the regular cast again returned to the series, Abigail Cruttenden did not return as a regular cast member, though did briefly return as Kate late in the series. New characters included Sheridan Smith as Martin's new companion and con-woman Brandy, and Tim Healy as Lesley, a cross-dressing woman who goes on a date with Jeff. Una Stubbs made an appearance late in the series as Martin's mother, while Keith Barron played the deputy mayor of Benidorm in the final episode. The X Factor finalist Danyl Johnson also appeared in the series finale, playing himself in a guest performance.
The series finale saw the final appearances for several members of the original cast, with Hannah Hobley (Chantelle), Johnny Vegas (Geoff), Nicholas Burns (Martin), and Abigail Cruttenden (Kate) all making their final appearances in the show. In addition, Sheridan Smith (Brandy) left the show mid-series, following the conclusion of her character's story arc.
Though the series took a hiatus for most of the year, a Christmas special was broadcast on Boxing Day 2010, featuring most of the cast returning for Christmas in Benidorm. Following the death of Geoffrey Hutchings in July 2010, his character Mel Harvey was written out of the show. Hugh Sachs and Paul Bazely did not return as Gavin and Troy, but both would return for the fourth series in 2011.
The episode introduced two new characters, Clive (Brian Murphy) an old friend of Noreen, and Marvin (Louie Spence) a swinger friend of Donald and Jacqueline. Tim Healy reprised his role as Les/Lesley, now working for Mel and Madge, while Su Pollard played herself, as a guest performer at the Benidorm Palace.
Benidorm returned for its fourth run in February 2011. The series saw large cast changes from the previous run, with several new characters introduced to replace the departing cast members. After not appearing in the Christmas special, Hugh Sachs returned as Gavin Ramsbottom, but screen partner Paul Bazely did not return as a series regular, though made a brief return as Troy at the end of the series. Instead, Sachs' character holidayed with new character Kenneth du Beke (Tony Maudsley), a flamboyant employee of Gavin and Troy's. Following successful guest stints in the 2009 series and the 2010 Christmas special, Tim Healy joined the main cast as Les/Lesley, and was joined by his dimwitted son Liam Conroy (Adam Gillen). Despite the departure of Vegas, Elsie Kelly returned as Noreen, and was joined by Selina Griffiths, playing her alcoholic daughter Pauline Mamood. The final new arrivals were fiery friends Sam Wood and Natalie Jones (Shelley Longworth and Kathryn Drysdale). In addition, Neil Fitzmaurice made a number of appearances throughout the series as Lucky Kev.
The series again featured well-known celebrities in guest appearances. Cilla Black appeared in the series premiere, playing a highly exaggerated version of herself, while Denise Welch, the then real life wife of Tim Healy at the time, appeared in the same episode, playing Scary Mary. Melvyn Hayes appeared in the third episode, playing Mafia boss Mr. Pink, and Ian Reddington appeared in the fourth episode as Johnny Neptune, an old flame of Janice. In the fifth episode, Bananarama appeared as themselves after being booked as a guest act at Neptunes.
Benidorm's fifth run began in February 2012 for a slightly extended seven episode run. Original cast member Crissy Rock did not return for the series as a regular, though made a solitary appearance in the sixth episode. Selina Griffiths (Pauline) and Kathryn Drysdale (Natalie) also departed, each leaving the show after a solitary series.
The main new addition for the series was Joyce Temple-Savage (Sherrie Hewson), the ambitious new manageress of the Solana. In addition, Michelle Butterly joined the show in the role of Trudy, a vivacious new holiday companion for Sam.
Guest stars in the fifth season included Matthew Kelly as Cyril Babcock, a dancer and former boyfriend of Joyce; Siobhan Redmond as Hazel and Kate O'Mara as Barbara Simmonds, a famous author, mistaken by Joyce as a hotel inspector. The Garvey family is extended in the third episode with David Bradley and Shaun Dooley portraying Stan and Pete Garvey, the father and brother of Mick. In addition, Elliott Jordan reprised the role of Jack in the second episode, appearing for the first time since the 2009 special.
A one-off sketch was produced for Sport Relief featuring the Benidorm cast. The sketch involved several of the characters singing on Britain's Got Talent.
A sixth series began production on 25 March 2013, and ended in June. Nicholas Burns who played Martin Weedon in Series 1-3 is said to return as Martin in Series 6 on a stag do. It has also been said that Matthew Kelly who played Cyril Babcock in Series 5 will also return to the series. Hugh Sachs will not be returning as Gavin for the series due to other commitments,Elsie Kelly who plays Noreen Maltby will also not be returning this series due to other commitments but will Return for Series 7. It was also confirmed that a new family, the Dykes would be arriving during this series. All other characters from Series 5 are set to star in this series as-well. Joan Collins will make a guest appearance as high-roller Crystal Hennesey Vass the CEO of the Solana and will make an enemy of Joyce Temple-Savage. Former Brookside star Philip Olivier and Sherrie Hewson's on-screen husband and former Coronation Street favourite Ken Morley will also have guest appearances. Series 6 will begin on 2nd January 2014.
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Comedy duo The Krankies are to make a TV comeback with roles in hit series Benidorm, playing friends of the show's swinger couple.
The Crackerjack regulars will appear in the sixth series of the comedy drama, to be screened early in 2014.
Ian and Janette Tough, the married couple behind the act, join other stars such as megastar Joan Collins and TV chef Rustie Lee in taking guest roles.
In an interview two years ago The Krankies confessed to having an overly-active sex life at the height of their fame, but reined everything in as they began to worry about kiss-and-tell stories emerging from their lovers.
They will play Pepe Le-Cruz and his wife Agnes, who, along with Queenie (played by Lee), are friends of Benidorm's swinger couple Donald (Kenny Ireland) and Jacqueline Stewart (Janine Duvitski).
Hollywood actress Collins, who starred in US series Dynasty, will portray Crystal Hennesy-Vas, the chief executive of the Solana Hotel Group.
Creator of the show Derren Litten said: "I'm so excited about series six of Benidorm, probably more excited than all previous series. Apart from Dynasty series five of course - what could possibly top the Moldavian Massacre?"
The regular Garvey family will be joined by a new clan, the Dykes, headed by Clive (Perry Benson) and Tonya (Hannah Waddingham) and their two children Bianca (Bel Powley) and Tiger (Danny Walters).
Actors Matthew Kelly and Ken Morley reprise their roles.
there is also another link for a separate article about the return of the much loved charecter geoff (http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/tv/news/johnny-vegas-return-benidorm-368299.html)
Cast and characters
The Solana is the hotel featured in the show where all the cast stay. It is filmed at the Sol Pelicanos Ocas in Benidorm. The Solana is all-inclusive and owns an all-inclusive bar/restaurant, Neptunes.
Neptunes is an all-inclusive bar/restaurant featured in the show owned by The Solana. Most of the cast eat there all the time, and there is karaoke every night - with occassional guest appearances from singers Asa Elliot and Shaun Foster Conley.
Winner 2008 - Best Situation Comedy - National TV Awards
Winner 2011 - Best Situation Comedy - National Television Awards
Nominated 2008 - Best Situation Comedy - BAFTA
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- Benidorm TV Series Characters and episode summaries
- Meyer, Daniel (25 March 2013). "6th 'Benidorm' series filming". Darren Litten (UK). Retrieved 3 April 2013.