The show Benidorm might be as common as muck and I can't say I've ever been there on holiday nor does it appeal but I do love the comedy series. The 1st and 2nd series were great but I found that the 3rd to be a little wayward, they attempted 1 hour long episodes and the storylines became not only far-fetched but also a little bit varied.
The story lines evolve in a similar way in the 4th series, rather than just being a simple 2 week holiday in the sun, residents are involved and some holiday makers turn in to residents, episodes are cut down to 45 minutes and the script is back to its best.
Jeff (Johnny Vegas) is replaced by his bitter sister who appears to be a miserable old trout until the 'real' her comes out and proves to be one of the stars of the series. I thought the loss of Jeff would have a great effect and might even be the end of the series but this series sees the strongest cast for some time - familiar favourites Jacqueline and Donald and The Garveys are joined by Gavin and his extremely camp employee Kenneth.
Neil Fitzmaurice plays the role of a odd-job man and hanger on, Cilla Black and Sue Pollard make cameo appearances, the glamorous Katherine Drysdale is back in the role of Natalie and she's accompanied by her fat, grouchy friend Sam and pestered by the daft Liam (Adam Gillen) who has a slight George Formbyness about his lines and overall persona!
There are 6 great episodes and I'm now really looking forward to the 5th series, to be honest I thought the show had run its course by the end of the 3rd series but this has been the funniest of the series so far.
I love the ITV1 television series Benidorm and would consider it to be one of my favourite television shows, along with Celebrity Juice. So as you can imagine, when I heard that there was going to be a fourth series starting soon, I was really looking forward to seeing it.
For those of you who don't know, Benidorm is a British television comedy drama. The show first started in 2007. Four years later, and the show is currently on its fourth series which started in February 2011.
Plot: Benidorm follows a group of holiday-makers who are on holiday in the Spanish resort of Benidorm. The show follows regulars as well as new guests, as they holiday at the all-inclusive Solana Hotel. All sorts of drama goes on, along with plenty of comedy!
If I am honest, at first I was bit curious about what to expect regarding the fourth series of Benidorm. The last episode of the show was a 'Christmas Special' and was broadcast in December 2010. I didn't really enjoy that particular episode, as I thought that the plot was really bland, and was not of the same high standard as the rest of the episodes, and so I was hoping that this series would be much better.I am pleased to say that this series is a lot better than expected.
Some of the regulars have disappeard (including Geoff, Chantelle, Baby Coolio, Martin, Kate and Brandy' to name a few) and so with cast exits comes new characters. There are four new characters that I can think of: Natalie, Sam, Liam, Noreen and Les/Leslie. At first, especially in the first episode, I did not like the fact that there were new characters, although roll on a couple of episodes and I am loving the new characters, as they are certainly a lot more fun than the characters which have left.
My favourite characters in this show have got to be the Garvey family! I love husband and wife Mick and Janice and their young son Michael. They are so funny, and I think they always get the best 'parts'. They are so comical, that I am forever laughing my head off at something one of them has said.
The sense of humour in this show is right up my street. If you love a laugh, then you will love this show! It is probably one of the best comedy shows every made. There are a lot of funny scenes, although what I find is the most funniest things in the show, is definately the dialouge, especially if it involves Mick and Janice Garvey!!
You don't necessarily have to have seen the previous series' to 'get the show' as it is pretty straightforward, and so it is very easy to pick up on what's going on in the show.
I'm really sad though however, because apparently this is said to be the last series of Benidorm!! I really hope that the rumours are not true, because I love this show!
Thanks for reading!!
May 30th 2011
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)