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ITV sitcom set in a Spanish holiday resort. 74 episodes (10 series), 2007 - 2018. Stars Jake Canuso, Janine Duvitski, Tim Healy, Adam Gillen and others.

Series 1, Episode 1

We meet the holiday makers who have just arrived at the Benidorm resort. With dysfunctional families, middle-aged swingers and bickering couples it's sure to be a holiday they'll never forget.

Further details

It's changeover day at the all-inclusive Solana resort. Just arrived are: the Garvey family which consists of Mick, Janice and their children Chantelle (who refuses to remove her coat despite the heat), eight year old Michael and chain-smoking, sun-obsessed, foul-mouthed grandma Madge.

Also checking in are middle class Kate and her anxious husband Martin who just want to make the best of things, although it's hard when they have to wait all day for their room and then discover that they are overlooking the wheelie bins.

Also spending time at the resort are gay couple Troy and Gavin and reigning Lancashire pub quiz champion The Oracle and his doting Mum (though he prefers to call her his P.A.).

Donald and Jacqueline, who have been coming to the hotel for years, are happy to give helpful advice to the newcomers about which apartments have toilets that don't flush and to hint at how broad minded they are... The Oracle is deeply shocked when Donald lets him know just how 'accommodating' Jacqueline can be!

Everyone comes together for dinner and an evening of quality entertainment and karaoke at Neptune's bar. Telle, who is still wearing her coat, brings the evening to a premature close when she collapses in the middle of a song on the karaoke stage. To cool Telle down, the Garvey family help to remove her coat only to reveal that she is heavily pregnant!

Broadcast details

Thursday 1st February 2007
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Jake Canuso Mateo
    Janine Duvitski Jacqueline Stewart
    Elsie Kelly Noreen Maltby
    Sheila Reid Madge
    Steve Pemberton Mick Garvey
    Siobhan Finneran Janice Garvey
    Oliver Stokes Michael Garvey
    Johnny Vegas The Oracle
    Kenny Ireland Donald Stewart
    Nicholas Burns Martin Weedon
    Abigail Cruttenden Kate Weedon
    Hugh Sachs Gavin
    Paul Bazely Troy
    Hannah Hobley Chantelle Garvey
    Crissy Rock Janey York
    Guest cast
    Jan Graveson Susie
    Paul Smith Daniel
    Writing team
    Derren Litten Writer
    Production team
    Kevin Allen Director
    Geoffrey Perkins Producer
    Sophie Clarke-Jervoise Executive Producer
    Tim Waddell Editor
    James Dillon Production Designer
    Mark Thomas Composer

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