Benidorm - Series 5 Page 2

Benidorm. Image shows from L to R: Sam (Shelley Longworth), Pauline (Selina Griffiths), Noreen Maltby (Elsie Kelly), Les / Lesley (Tim Healy), Monty (John Challis), Jacqueline Stewart (Janine Duvitski), Kenneth (Tony Maudsley), Liam (Adam Gillen), Joyce Temple Savage (Sherrie Hewson), Mateo (Jake Canuso), Loretta (Kate Fitzgerald), Billy Dawson (Steve Edge), Sheron Dawson (Julie Graham), Eddie Dawson (Bobby Knutt), Rob Dawson (Josh Bolt), Cyd (Laila Zaidi), Joey Ellis (Nathan Bryon), Callum (Julian Moore-Cook). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Benidorm

An ensemble sitcom that focuses on the adventures of a group of British holiday makers staying at the Solana holiday resort in Spain

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zooo

  • Saturday 3rd March 2012, 12:33am
  • United Kingdom
  • 69,189 posts

I enjoyed it today!

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tiger rick

  • Monday 5th March 2012, 1:58pm
  • England
  • 300 posts
Quote: Burton Sparkler @ February 29 2012, 7:08 PM GMT

Too many characters have left


Characters have to leave. One of the most ridiculous things about the first three series was how you had something as random as a fortnight in Benidorm and it had the same people in it over and over.

I gave up halfway through series 3 and halfway through series 4. It peaked in the second series and has been mostly dire since. I'll give it another go though with it having the new writer.

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happychef

  • Monday 5th March 2012, 2:58pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 124 posts

You'd be amazed how many people go back to the same resorts over the same time period year after year. A good episode overall, loved the Squirrel Bigcock line.

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swerytd

  • Thursday 8th March 2012, 12:57pm
  • Guildford, England
  • 7,524 posts

Have to say, after the first show I wasn't expecting much, but episode two was *much* better. A lot more enjoyable. Focusing a bit more on the characters helped.

I was a bit annoyed cos it took me *ages* to learn how to dance, but nothing that a tooth-grinding suspension of disbelief didn't deal with. Is that enough negatives for you?

Dan

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MrBucktrout

  • Saturday 10th March 2012, 5:11pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 30 posts

Impressed with Steve Pemberton's episode last night. Hoping for more of the same in future.

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happychef

  • Sunday 11th March 2012, 2:21pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 124 posts

Not bad at all, some good laughs especially the stag night.

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John M

  • Monday 2nd April 2012, 5:25pm
  • Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • 218 posts

After Friday's episode, I get the impression that Steve Pemberton might be a Tommy Cooper fan.

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zooo

  • Monday 2nd April 2012, 5:29pm [Edited]
  • United Kingdom
  • 69,189 posts

Lol, yes. He did give that impression. (Literally.)

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swerytd

  • Thursday 12th April 2012, 12:12pm [Edited]
  • Guildford, England
  • 7,524 posts

Wasn't the whole reason Litten agreed to write series 5 was that Joan Collins was going to be in it? Have I missed something?

Disappointed on the whole. There were no stories really. Couldn't the Donald/thugs from prison been stretched out with a few scenes of comic peril? Did it have to be resolved in 5 minutes? Same with the Garveys' fire at the shops -- surely that could have been dragged out a bit to keep us interested?

Dan

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Aaron

  • Thursday 12th April 2012, 12:22pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,453 posts

Yep, that's the only reason - supposedly - he returned. So, yeah, rather odd. Simmonds was clearly written with her in mind!

Agreed on the thugs story. So peculiar to introduce that so late in the series. They could've filled at least 2 really good episodes with those guys forcing themselves upon the Solana residents.

The fire had been hinted at since episode 1 so it wasn't quite the null trajectory that it might have seemed, but again, stringing out the formal admission of the problems further would have been beneficial.

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G180e

  • Monday 31st December 2012, 12:41pm [Edited]
  • Wolverhampton, England
  • 3,313 posts

Felt that Series 5 was awful and has ruined the show's repuatation. Considering Derren Litten said he was stopping after Series 4, he should have because I feel as he is doing more and more episodes. The show is becoming less believeable and unfunny. It's more of a comedy drama now than a sitcom, which it was originally.

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Wwe222 333

  • Monday 31st December 2012, 3:03pm [Edited]
  • Blackpool, England
  • 173 posts

Benidorm was bad in Series 5, however some bits were still funny though.
Too many episodes and too many characters.