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Lunchtime Comedy: #66 – Benidorm S10 E01

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Episodes of the award winning ITV comedy.

This Episode

It’s the day of Monty and Joyce’s wedding, but almost from the very beginning, their happiest day seems riddled with everything going wrong in melodramatic style involving Mr Wu’s banquet, Sir Henry as the very unwelcome substitute priest, seasickness and an outrageously offensive best man speech from Mateo. As the wedding is in turmoil, Kenneth steps up to the plate and risks his life to save everyone. Elsewhere, Sheron and Billy return to the Solana to enjoy their Silver Wedding anniversary, but fear that bickering Loretta and Eddie, who have for some reason also joined them for the celebrations, will not approve of Rob and his new pal Cyd when they get there. Stanley Keen returns to Blow and Go, planning to set up a dentist’s practice, but has to deal with the majority shareholder, Jacqueline. Could some blindsiding ridiculously white teeth persuade the widowed swinger? Plus, acting managaress Sam is roped into Dodgy Dave’s rigged raffle scam that doesn’t go according to plan at all because of Dave’s many crimson coloured children!

Absent: Elsie Kelly as Noreen Maltby, Selina Griffiths as Pauline Maltby, Adam Gillen as Liam Conroy, Josh Bolt as Rob Dawson and Nathan Bryon as Joey Ellis.

Guest Starring Tony Hadley, Nigel Havers, Michael Fenton Stevens, Paul Chan, Michael Starke, Stuart Milligan and Flash Harry


Benidorm is a British sitcom written and created by Derren Litten and produced by Tiger Aspect for ITV that aired for ten series from 1 February 2007 until 2 May 2018. The series features an ensemble cast of holiday makers and staff at the Solana all-inclusive hotel in Benidorm, Spain over the course of a week each year.

The series first aired on 1 February 2007. Critically acclaimed, Benidorm has received two National Television Awards[1][2] and nominations at the British Comedy Awards[3] and BAFTAs.[4]

On 5 July 2018, series creator and writer Derren Litten confirmed that series 10 would be the last.[5]Benidorm Live, a stage adaption written by Litten, was announced with 250 shows scheduled in theatres across the United Kingdom and Ireland MORE AT LINK

Series 1

Series 1 introduced the main characters, the Garvey family: parents Mick (Steve Pemberton) and Janice (Siobhan Finneran), teenage daughter Chantelle (‘Telle’ – Hannah Hobley) and seven-year-old son Michael (Oliver Stokes). They are on their first holiday abroad, paid for by Janice’s mother – the sun-worshipping, chain-smoking Madge (Sheila Reid), who doesn’t have a kind word for anyone.

Jacqueline (Janine Duvitski) and Donald (Kenny Ireland) have been coming to Benidorm for twenty years and are enthusiastic, middle-aged swingers. Kate (Abigail Cruttenden) and Martin Weedon (Nicholas Burns) are going through a rough patch during their third year of marriage. Within seconds of arriving, they realise that the Solana is the worst place for them to make a fresh start.

Geoff Maltby (Johnny Vegas), who calls himself ‘The Oracle’, has an irritating computer-like knowledge of trivia, he claims to be the Lancashire pub quiz champion, and is prone to fits of competitive behaviour; he has always come on holiday with his mother, Noreen (Elsie Kelly). Gavin (Hugh Sachs) and Troy (Paul Bazely) are on their first holiday together after setting up a successful hair salon. They consider themselves superior to the other guests but are happy enough to get drunk and snigger at them; later in the series, their relationship hits rock bottom when Troy is caught with another series regular.

Also introduced in Series 1 are barman Mateo (Jake Canuso), who flirts with anything that breathes, and Janey (Crissy Rock), the hotel manager and cabaret M.C. at Neptune’s bar. Guest cast members include Ella Kenion as a fake fee-collector who cons the Garveys out of money at the beach – but who is caught when she turns up at Neptune’s; and Niky Wardley, playing Kelly, Mateo’s ex-love

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