Benidorm. Image shows from L to R: Joyce Temple Savage (Sherrie Hewson), Les / Lesley (Tim Healy). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.


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

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