Lee Mack's All Star Cast. Joan Collins. Copyright: Zeppotron / Arlo Productions.

In praise of Benidorm, the UK's most under-rated sitcom

It's a funny old game, comedy. Steve Pemberton's critical accolades for The League of Gentleman, and BBC2's late night cult hit, Inside No 9, are legion. But you'll be hard pressed to read glowing reviews of his eight years starring in the ITV comedy Benidorm. In fact you'll be hard pressed to read anything glowing from sniffy critics about the hit sitcom, despite its millions of viewers, longevity and viewer-voted National Television Awards. In fact, one critic went so far as to describe the viewing public a "disgrace" for voting for it.

Andrew Johnson, i Newspaper, 20th February 2018

Our Graham has become the king of UK chat by turning his big red couch into a chemistry set, placing Hollywood A-listers cheek-by-jowl with domestic celebs to see what unexpected reactions result. In this rather gratuitous special, Norton offers a handy checklist for potential guests to help them get with the programme, while sofa veterans Joan Collins, Ricky Gervais and Miriam Margolyes reflect on past appearances.

Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 5th January 2018

Cleese, Walliams, Carr in new John Bishop series

The guests have been announced for the third series of John Bishop: In Conversation With... on the W Channel.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 25th July 2017

Preview - Benidorm

The sitcom set on the Costa Blanca packs its bags for another season in the last episode of the current run but there's no sedate wind-down for Joyce when Baby Jesus contaminates the pool with weedkiller and all guests have to be evacuated.

Gareth Hargreaves, On The Box, 3rd May 2017

The Time of Their Lives review - forgettable

Despite solid work by Joan and Pauline Collins, this tale of a fading film star fails to fly.

Wendy Ide, The Guardian, 12th March 2017

Joan & Pauline Collins escape from retirement home

Filming has begun on Joan Collins new romp: a film called The Time Of Their Lives in which the 83-year-old star cavorts around France's ÎIe de Ré.

The Telegraph, 12th July 2016

Norton introduces some of his favourite moments from the past 14 shows in this series closer, featuring the usual roster of A-listers; the likes of Helen Mirren, Russell Crowe and Samuel L Jackson. Given his guests' extraordinary willingness to bare their souls and more, we may well be treated again to Dame Joan Collins opening up about her late sister or Hugh Grant breezily revealing how many of his leading ladies couldn't stand him.

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 1st July 2016

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie review: Sometimes funny

A must for fans of the TV series, even if the story goes nowhere in particular.

Nigel Andrews, The Financial Times, 30th June 2016