Benidorm - Series 5 2012

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Our favourite holidaymakers are in for a shock this year as the Solana resort gets a new manager and she means business! Joyce Temple Savage (played by Loose Womens Sherrie Hewson) is on a mission to upgrade the Solana resort into a 4 star hotel - at all costs. But what will regulars make of it all, when they return to their favourite all-inclusive holiday hangout? Get set for more sun, sea and shenanigans as Madge shocks her family with a surprise announcement, Jacqueline comes to terms with Donald's (faked) death, Noreen eyes up the locals, Kenneth makes waves in his new hair salon and party girl Sam's on a mission to have the wildest time possible!

Starring:
Cilla Black, Janine Duvitski
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Starring Cilla Black, Janine Duvitski, Tony Maudsley, Tim Healy, Paul Bazely, Adam Gillen, Steve Pemberton, Jake Canuso, Kenny Ireland, Kathryn Drysdale, Crissy Rock, Siobhan Finneran
Director John Henderson
Genres Comedy
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO
Rental release 16 April 2012
Main languages English

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CJ1980 on 25 April 2012
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After a big shake-up in series 4, thankfully life at the Solana has settled down somewhat for the fifth series of episodes.

Most of the usual faces are back for the standard fun in the sun antics we've come to expect in previous years. The Garvey family continue to lead the cast with their on going dilemas and squabbles. Actor Steve Pemberton is absent in episode one & most of episode two (owing to his filming commitments in Whitechapel) and this is nicely blemished into the story to present the family with a 'cliffhanger' at the end of the series.

Donald and Jacqueline continue their sexual antics with the usual charm. Sadly the characters of Gavin and Doreen appear to be what I would describe as 'loose end redundant' characters who don't have anything to do and it's as if the writers have run out of mileage for their characters particularly as their holiday 'partners' are absent. Its a shame as the actors are still making the most of their parts with little to use.

Father and son team, Les & Liam seem more at home this series than the year before and Mateo continues to get some brilliant scenes (not least the dance off in episode two with guest star Matthew Kelly). The over-weight Sam who arrived in series four has a new holiday companion this time round in the form of firey red haired Liverpool lass Trudy - a 30/40 year old something who spends most of the series snarling (and headbutting!) at the men and pretending she is a teenager in the sun!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Neil Parker on 27 Mar. 2012
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I've been a big Benidorm fan since series 1 and I was getting worried while watching things go downhill in series 4. Terrible new characters and plain unfunny dialogue and storylines.
Luckily series 5 has completely turned things around and in my opinion this is the best series yet. Even the new characters that arrived in series 4 have grown on me. Ofcourse, the Garveys continue to be the glue that keep the whole thing together but everyone else is having their chunk of hilarious dialogue too.
Fans of the show can have a big sigh of relief as Benidorm is back on form and long may it continue!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jaxx on 20 May 2012
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This DVD is as great as all the others.When I feel down because of the weather I just put the first series on and continue to watch them all in order,and I love them.Just what the shrink ordered for weather blues.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Bishop on 5 Mar. 2012
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When the program first aired on television we hated the idea of it because we visited Benidorm when it was a small fishing village and it has always been a special place for us. It is very clean and the beaches are beautiful. You can find the Spanish element if you want and stay well away from the lager louts and karaoke side of the resort. However we finally bought this box set and expected to hate it. Nevertheless, we found it absolutely hilarious. Yes, it showed what for us is the absolute worst of the resort but it is done so well over the top that we are now addicted. More, more, more please. We can't get enough. The characters are amazing, all of them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By andyg on 24 April 2012
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I know that some of the story lines may be a little silly, but overall I still love this TV Series. It makes you laugh and anyone who does not find something to laugh about whilst watching it must lead a very sad life.

I think that the script writers have a job on thinking up new story lines when most of the action is centralised around the hotel and the normal cost.

Five Stars ***** because it is "Still good for a laugh!".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gordy on 16 April 2012
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Benidorm series 5 will go down as the series where the show found it's feet again after series 4 understandably introduced a lot of new characters. This had to be done as a lot of the original Benidorm favourites' stories had ran their course. Now, in series 5, we have grown used to the newbies and the show is back to it's best.

One noticable difference though is that the show seems to have undergone a deliberate change of gear. Focusing more on keeping the viewer smiling throughout the 45-50 min episodes rather than going for the big belly laugh all the time. Not that we're short of a few of those! Check out our favourite swingers Donald and Jacqueline being electrocuted in the swimming pool!!

All in all, a real return to form and long may Benidorm continue. Viva Espania!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Niccolò Machiavelli on 14 July 2012
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The first two series for me were compulsive viewing, recording the episodes if I couldn't watch. Series three I didn't really care if I missed an episode, and by series four I was struggling to stay awake and defend it to a mate of mine who has loathed it from it's beginning. And I honestly didn't see a great deal of improvement by series five which barely raised a chuckle, Whitechapel is much better where Steve Pemberton is better served.
Sorry.
May buy the whole box set when they eventually axe this, if Amazon reduce it to less than a fiver!
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By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Feb. 2015
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I have held off from reviewing this series of 'Benidorm' because I was a big fan from the word go, but I have to be honest and say that the fifth series, and I have watched every episode again recently to be fair in my comments, really is a major disappointment. I would give series five 2.5 stars if I could.

Just because I have rated it a low two stars does not mean that there aren't some good bits. Madge (Sheila Reid) still has her wickedly funny, and razor sharp one-liners, and there are, this time around, some most welcome guest appearances, particularly from Matthew Kelly and the now late Kate O'Mara, who guest stars in one episode as a famous writer.
Crissy Rock does not appear in this series (nor does she in the next one), and her character is replaced with Sherrie Hewson as the new Hotel manager, a lady who means business and has ideas above her station. I missed Crissy Rock, but warmed to Sherrie and think her character was good for the show.

Tim Healey reprised his role as the transvestite waitress and it's almost like he's been in the show since the start, he's an natural. Unfortunately his dim witted son also returns in tow, and I still can't warm to him, I simply find him too silly to laugh at. Good time girl Sam from series 4 also returns, she was one of the better new characters in my opinion, and now she's paired with a new mate Trudy, played by Michelle Butterly (who appeared in the BBC Paul O'Grady sitcom 'Eyes Down' about ten years ago), who is very funny and the two girls form an excellent double act.

Writer and show creator Derren Litten apparently didn't want to make a fifth series, and I almost wished he hadn't at the time. Series 4 had too many silly moments and the stories weren't as good, and they were to only get worse this time.
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