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Radio 2 announces new season of comedy pilots

Radio 2's Comedy Showcase strand is to return, with comedies starring the likes of Harry & Paul, Romesh Ranganathan, Tim Vine and Cardinal Burns.

British Comedy Guide, 14th February 2017

Radio 2 to make generation clash sitcom Just Grand

Radio 2 is making Just Grand, a sitcom about a working class couple who become unwilling guardians to their estranged grandchildren.

British Comedy Guide, 4th January 2017

Radio Times review

Benidorm is ailing. I speak as one who loved the earlier series but, as the eighth opens, it can barely crank out an ounce of credibility in the storylines, let alone a decent laugh. The Garveys are gone and with them any clout Steve Pemberton, Sheila Reid and Siobhan Finneran brought to the show (although Reid will be back for a guest spot).

A new family, the Dawsons (headed by a shrill Julie Graham), make little impact, while Joyce (Sherrie Hewson) seriously considers hiring the deeply unsavoury Marcus (Robin Askwith).

On a positive note, Jacqueline gives her late hubby Donald a touching send-off, aided by hairdresser Troy (Paul Bazely, returning after four years away).

Patrick Mulkern, Radio Times, 9th January 2016

Siobhan Finneran & Steve Pemberton on leaving Benidorm

"It's been heartbreaking to leave Benidorm!"

What's On TV, 28th December 2014

Radio Times review

A pensioner expires under the hairdryer in Blow 'n' Go, leaving Kenneth and Liam in a pickle. Drippy Martin wakes up after the stag do in bed with (he believes) a teenage girl. Donald and Jacqueline, cavorting in lycra and anti-grav boots, take on the lads, Michael and Tiger, in a beach-volleyball contest. And Tonya Dyke (magnificent Hannah Waddingham) resorts to Abba at the karaoke to get the better of oily Mateo.

Sounds a riot, doesn't it? But apart from the odd racy line, Benidorm is creaking like an old banger in need of lubrication. The Garveys (Steve Pemberton, Siobhan Finneran and Sheila Reid - all of them a gift to any writer) deserve better material.

Patrick Mulkern, Radio Times, 23rd January 2014

Interview with The Garveys

RT's Patrick Mulkern meets his sitcom heroes, Steve Pemberton, Siobhan Finneran and Sheila Reid.

Patrick Mulkern, Radio Times, 7th December 2013

"Benidorm is becoming the organ theft capital of Spain," reads Janice (Siobhan Finneran) in the local paper. The headline is referring to a gang who are kidnapping people and pinching their kidneys. So no wonder there's panic in tonight's visit to the sun-drenched sitcom when Madge (Shelia Reid) is seen being bundled into the back of a car. Elsewhere, Jacqueline (Janine Duvitski) coos over the flurry of messages she's receiving through the new swingers app on her husband's phone. "It must be that picture of Condoleezza Rice I put on my profile," she says.

Toby Dantzic, The Telegraph, 15th March 2012

A sort of low-rent Strictly Come Benidorm ensues as Cyril Babcock (Matthew Kelly) holds a dance contest at the Solana. This may not be a classic episode, but the terrific ensemble cast can elevate the run-of-the-mill. Hardly surprising - Janine Duvitski's comedy pedigree extends way back to Abigail's Party, on-screen hubby Kenny Ireland's to Acorn Antiques... And young Adam Gillen (as moronic Liam) is already proving a fine comedy actor.

And if you thought new girl Trudy might become top dog, think again. As mum Janice-cum-She-Ra, Siobhan Finneran seems light years away from Miss O'Brien (the harridan she plays in Downton) but is doubly formidable.

Patrick Mulkern, Radio Times, 2nd March 2012

It's never been subtle, but with an increasing reliance on innuendo and slapstick for laughs, Derren Little's camp comedy drama has started to resemble an updated Carry On film. In tonight's episode, the Solana resort's exacting new manager Joyce Temple-Savage (Sherrie Hewson) organises a dance contest for guests. She ropes in an old flame, ageing TV judge Cyril Babcock (flouncing guest star Matthew Kelly), to supervise rehearsals. Over in the hair salon (now rechristened Blow 'n' Go) Kenneth has hired uninspiring new assistant Carmen (Alba Ortega), while over by the pool bar an unexpected visitor gives Janice (Siobhan Finneran) a nasty shock.

Toby Dantzic, The Telegraph, 1st March 2012

It's surely time for the sun to set on ITV's once-sparkling comedy drama. Back tonight for a fifth series, the characters now seem as tired as the hotel they hijack each summer. Loose Women's Sherri Hewson arrives as the Solana's exacting new manager Joyce Temple Savage ("I've got a lot of experience in the travel industry. I spent three years under Richard Branson.") Otherwise it's pretty much business as usual. Tanorexic pensioner Madge (Shelia Reid) harangues daughter Janice (Siobhan Finneran) about her missing husband. Hapless handyman Liam (Adam Gillen) is still desperate for dating tips. And ageing swingers Jacqueline (Janine Duvitski) and recently resurrected husband Donald (Kenny Ireland) are back on the prowl.

Toby Dantzic, The Telegraph, 23rd February 2012

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