We're getting closer! January 2014 is when they say it'll be coming out.
I don't see what people mean when they say Series 5 was rubbish, I thought it was one of he better ones. I think Joyce Temple-Savage is a fantastic character, bringing the behind the scenes of the resort more to the forefront. The episode with Kate O'Mara as a novelist mistaken for a Hotel Inspector was so reminiscent to me of Fawlty Towers, hilarious. Mind you, Benidorm isn't played on tele over here so I watched the entire series so far over a two week period so I didn't have time to sit and mull over what was better than what.
I can see what you mean with certain characters being cardboard cut outs, they weren't really fleshed out you're right but I am glad that the cast is being changed up, it would be boring with the same people every single year (as great as most of them are). What always makes me marvel is how Steve Pemberton can play such a cliche mancunian (really, he could be my Uncle Ken) considering some of the bizarre characters he's done in the past. I for one am really looking forward to it.