TV: One strike and you're out
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The new series of Benidorm started last week, and it’s quickly becoming something of a flop. The shows writer Derren Little (famous for co-writing the Catherine Tate Show) has confirmed he won’t be writing another series after this one, handing the show over to some other poor soul, who will be being made to squeeze every last drop of a bone-dry sponge. Even the appearance of the ever annoying Cilla Black as a celebrity living in Benidorm failed to ignite the show, suggesting she was in to threesomes and swinger was just a step, and mental image, too far. Also, when is Cilla ever going to be in a place like Benidorm? Surely it's either the Mersey or Barbados for the O’Grady and Black terrible twosome? On Christmas day the show said goodbye to one of its favourite, Geoffrey Hutchins, who played Mel in the show and unfortunately died during recording last year. However, in the first episode, other notable characters such as Sheridan Smith and half of everyone’s favourite gay couple, Troy (Paul Bazely) as well as Johnny Vegas left a large gaping hole (excuse the pun), unsuccessfully filled by Kathryn Drysdale and other nobody’s, reflecting the lack of investment in the show. The episodes reportedly cost £200,000 each, which may seem a lot, but Downton Abbey, ITV’s biggest show in years, was rewarded with £1 million an hour last year. The only saving grace of this series is the Garvey family, who remain the family we all love to hate on holiday. Loud, northern and abrupt, the shows finale with Denise Welch getting an Edinburgh kiss from mum Janice Garvey was TV Gold. Or is that just because it was one of the Loose Women getting some comeuppance? Either way, it will be interesting to see whether the Garvey’s (and possibly the gorgeous barman Matteus) can get the show through this last hurdle, which I do think it is.
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