Benidorm Bastards

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Genre Comedy
Created by Tim Van Aelst
Theme music composer Pascal Deweze
Tim Vanhamel
Country of origin Belgium
Original language(s) Dutch
No. of seasons 2
Producer(s) Shelter
Original network 2BE
External links

Benidorm Bastards is a Belgian comedy television series.


Benidorm Bastards is a Belgian hidden camera comedy programme on the Flemish TV channel 2BE. All characters are amateur actors and senior citizens. The programme has a similar concept to Trigger Happy TV, of which a Belgian version was broadcast on the same channel. In October 2010, a second season started on 2BE. In the program old actors try to act as if they were young talking about things no older person would dare to talk about. They also have funny situations like out-of-control electric wheelchairs and other funny happenings which seem strange to young people.


  • In September 2010, the programme won the Rose d'Or in Lucerne in the category "comedy", and also "best of 2010".
  • In November 2011 the series won an International Emmy Award in the category "comedy".


The mayor of the Spanish town of Benidorm does not approve of the program's title Benidorm Bastards. He demands that "Benidorm" be removed from the title[citation needed].

Internationals broadcasts[edit]

Episodes of the original Belgian version of the show, air in Australia on SBS2 in Dutch with English subtitles, India as Benidorm Pranksters with English dubbing[1] and on ATV Home's RTHK programming block with Cantonese dubbing.[2]

International versions[edit]

A Netherlands version of the programme, announced on 15 April 2010, is broadcast by RTL 4 since 21 August 2010, recast with Dutch actors.

The United States network NBC announced it would be creating an American adaptation, Betty White's Off Their Rockers, starring Betty White.[3] The show debuted on January 16, 2012, one day before White's 90th birthday.

The show has adaptions in all Scandinavian countries as well. The Danish version is Rollatorbanden, the Norwegian version is Bingobanden and the Swedish version is Pensionärsjävlar.

In the United Kingdom, ITV announced its own adaptation of the show, following the American adaptation it was also entitled Off Their Rockers but with different characters.[4] The first episode aired April 7, 2013.[5]

The Turkish version Baston Takımı airs on Star TV.

The Brazilian version Os velhinhos se divertem airs on SBT inside the oldest Brazilian show called Programa Silvio Santos.

The Spanish version, Los mayores gamberros, premiered on 13 September 2013 on Antena 3.[6]

The Canada version, Les détestables, premiered in 2011 on V.

The Italian version, Vecchi Bastardi, premiered on 7 April 2014 in the afternoon on Italia 1 and ceased to be aired on 6 June 2014 (44 episodes of Italian made candid cameras mixed with international ones imported from United States, Germany, Australia, United Kingdom, Belgium and Spain). Official site:

The Estonia version of the show, "Eesti Ulakad Vanurid", will start broadcasting on the 19th of May, 2016 on TV3.


  1. ^ "Benidorm Bastards". Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  2. ^ RTHK Page(Chinese)
  3. ^ "NBC Greenlights New Hidden-Camera Comedy 'Betty White's Off Their Rockers,' -Working Title- Hosted by Multiple Emmy Winner Betty White". NBC. 2011-03-31. Archived from the original on 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  4. ^ "Off Their Rockers". ITV Media. Archived from the original on 2013-06-01. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Los mayores gamberros (official site)". Retrieved 2013-09-13. 

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