Despite series nine only just returning to our screens this week with an audience of 4.9m, the tenth series of hit ITV comedy Benidorm has gone into production.
Three cast members sadly won’t be returning; Danny Walters who played Tiger, Paul Bazely who played Troy and Johnny Vegas who played Geoff “The Oracle” Maltby.
All your other favourites from the series will be returning; Sherrie Hewson as Joyce Temple Savage, Jake Canuso as Mateo, Elsie Kelly as Noreen, Selina Griffiths as Pauline, Adam Gillen as Liam, Tony Maudsley as Kenneth, Shelley Longworth as Sam, Nathan Bryon as Joey and Janine Duvitski as Jacqueline.
Shane Richie who appeared in one episode of series eight will be returning for four episodes reprising his role as lively entertainer Sammy Valentino.
John Challis who has appeared in the odd episode since 2015 as Monty Staines will become a series regular although no details have been released about what his storyline will be.
And after missing half the series due to illness, Tim Healy will be returning to play Les/Lesley.
Joining the sitcom for the very first time will be legendary comedy duo Hale & Pace. The duo will play undercover detectives investigating Les/Lesley. ITV are yet to release any more details about what exactly they’re investigating.
Storylines and guest stars will be revealed nearer transmission.
Speaking about the series’ success, show creator, writer and exec producer Derren Litten says:
“When I wrote the first script of Benidorm I had no idea it would change my life so dramatically over the next 10 years.
As I put the finishing touches to the 74th episode I am so grateful to our fans and to ITV for giving Benidorm the best possible home we could hope for. Here’s to the next 10 years!”
Saskia Schuster, ITV’s Comedy Commissioner says:
“Benidorm is very much part of the ITV family with viewers taking these wonderful characters to their hearts.
Show creator, writer and exec producer Derren Litten has some great plans for the tenth series and it’s a real treat to welcome Hale & Pace and Shane Richie to the Solana resort.”
Benidorm returns in 2018 on ITV