This isn't 'classic' Benidorm, which for the past few years has been one of my favourite sitcoms, due to both my experience of the area and it just been well written and quite funny. This is a one off special that takes a different pace to the series and focuses on the Garvey family.
It starts a few months after the previous series, Mel and Madge have indeed moved to Benidorm permanently, Madge is holding the fort while Mel is away on business, with the rest of the Garvey clan arriving for Christmas. Of course nothing goes smoothly, or it wouldn't be much of a show!
Many members of the regular cast are of course present, but this episode focuses mainly on the Garveys and to an extent the Stewarts as they try to sort out a misunderstanding for the Benidorm Palace Christmas Show.
The humour is pretty much what you'd expect, the Graveys bicker, the Stewarts make... adult remarks. Typical Benidorm stuff, although without the full cast playing a full part in the plot, it makes the whole thing feel rather flat and doesn't reach the heights the series can at its best.
Saying that, it's not without its funny moments and the ending will bring both a smile and a frown to anyone who knows the characters.
Fans of the series will enjoy as a one off, to make it a purchase... I'm not so sure.