Benidorm, ITV1

by | Mar 28, 2008 | All, Reviews

Series two

Debut: Friday 28 March 2008

Did we like it?

Series one was atrocious. It could only get better. It didn’t. It got worse. And it has no right to be described as a comedy.

What was good about it?

• One brief scene when the middle-class young couple’s dream of a cultured holiday was shattered, amid Psycho-like music, when they ended up back at the hotel of their honeymoon horrors.

What was bad about it?

• About five years ago, it may have been all the rage to laugh at chavs, being common as muck and noisy all over the shop. But we’ve all grown up since then. Only the makers of Benidorm think we should still be laughing at belches induced by boiled egg curry, bad language, “funny’ baby names (Coolio), overindulgence in alcohol etc

• About 10 years ago, it may have been all the rage to laugh at fat people. Only the makers of Benidorm see fit to “amuse us” with scenes of Johnny Vegas bellyflopping into a swimming pool.

• About 20 years ago, it may have all the rage to laugh at smutty inuendo. But only the Benidorm makers don’t have the sense to delete “taken her up the aisle” remarks from the script.

• About 30 years ago, it may have been amusing to laugh at those funny Spaniards, wooing all our women, speaking with hilarious grassy arse accents. Only the makers of Benidorm think that’s still a joke.

• About 40 years ago, it may have been amusing to laugh at mincing gay men. Only the makers of Benidorm have failed to realise that’s offensive.

Series one

Debut: Thursday 1 February 2007

Did we like it?

We were only half bored, not full bored. It wasn’t very funny and it was horribly coarse but Derren Litten’s new sitcom did have some well observed characters and captured the sweaty, boring hell of package holidays.

What was good about it?

• We’ve never been on a package holiday (as if!) but we have encountered Brits abroad and recognised the karaoke-crazy, booze-swilling chavvy family; the nice young couple who bring books to read and can’t cope with over-familiar working class folk; and the northerner with a dim, ever-waving wife who wants to be pals with everyone.

• Abigail Cruttenden and Nicholas Burns as Kate and Martin Weedon, the couple who were accosted by a common northerner and got the room overlooking the air-conditioning units and bins. She’s miserable as sin, recoiling at every new horror; he tries to make the most of things in a nervy unconvincing way.

• It does have potential if it tries to be more intelligent (more like Phoenix Nights) and less clichéd (less like Duty Free).

• Snatches of the dialogue were funny and original eg “Dad, can I have a siesta?” “Of course you can – it’s all inclusive.”

What was bad about it?

• We almost threw up when the contents of a blocked toilet was graphically described. “We got to the Wednesday and Donald had to tackle it himself with a pointed stick”. (as opposed to an unpointed stick??!!)

• We almost threw up again when Donald (Kenny Ireland) referred to an orgy involving his wife Jacqueline (Janine Duvitski). “By the end of the night, her vagina looked like two padded coat hangers.”

• The gay couple are your usual naff stereotypes. Gavin (Hugh Sachs) and Troy (Paul Bazely) run a hair salon, fret about their body image and bitch about everyone. And they call straight couples “breeders”.

• Steve Pemberton is wasted as the head of a Yorkshire family who are like every dysfunctional mob you’ve ever seen on Wife Swap (or in your local Lidl)

• Johnny Vegas is wasted as Lancashire’s quiz champion on holiday with his mum, who is forced to test him on capital cities etc as they lie beached on their sunbeds

Luke Knowles

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