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  • Actors: Johnny Vegas
  • Writers: Derren Litten
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 April 2008
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VATXA2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,650 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Set in the all-inclusive Solana resort with a tremendous ensemble cast the first series of Benidorm proved a big hit for ITV – the critics said: "Benidorm rocks"; "unmissable TV"; "the ideal mix of sea, sun and silliness"; "beautifully written and performed"; "a gem of wry observation in withering bad taste".

Benidorm regulars for twenty years, Jacqueline and Donald are enthusiastic middle-aged swingers who rarely leave their hotel. Known as ‘The Oracle’ because of his computer-like knowledge of trivial facts and figures, Geoff Maltby is on holiday with his mother, or PA as he calls her, but keen to hide the fact. Gavin and Troy are on their first break away together after setting up a successful hair salon. Kate and Martin’s marriage is at braking point after only one night in the resort. Then there are the Garveys; a Lancashire family who are on their first holiday abroad. Janice and Mick plus Janice’s mother – the sun-worshipping, chain-smoking Madge who can always be guaranteed to have a bad word for everyone. It's sun and fun all the way in Benidorm...

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The Solana resort, at the heart of Benidorm, sounds like quite a place to spend a holiday. It attracts a broad selection of characters, all sorts of antics, and fortunately for anyone picking this DVD up, a good few laughs too.

A comedy programme that slipped under many people’s radar, Benidorm puts an all-inclusive holiday destination at the heart of its setup, and then sets about filling it with a collection of fascinating characters. So you have the quiz kings for starters, along with a pair of mature swingers. There’s a standard-ish stereotypical family, a gay couple on holiday to celebrate, and a squabbling married pair too. It’s a broad ensemble, and this proves to be one of the many qualities of the programme.

However, also in Benidorm’s favour are some witty scripts, plenty of not-for-the-kids dialogue and a lot of belly laughs. All six episodes from the first series are collected here, and while the laughs don’t always constantly flow throughout, the hit count is certainly high. And given the lack of quality fresh British sitcoms of late, Benidorm proves to be quite a collectors item. It might not, on the basis of this first series, be on the way to being a flat-out comedy classic, but there’s so much enjoyment in the episodes here that a second series is hard to resist. --Jon Foster

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By txacoli on 11 July 2008
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This is a fairly standard sitcom. Take a group of people, put them in a situation where they are all thrown together and can't get out and see what happens to them. As far as sitcoms go, that's a basic premise. So what makes this one funnier than, for instance "My family"?

Apart from the fact that "My family" is rubbish (IMHO), it tries to take itself too seriously. Benidorm doesn't fall into that trap and sees itself for what it is - a truly British romp around a fairly stereotypical group of holidaymakers in the tacky Solana resort hotel in Benidorm. It has no airs and graces and just sets out to make the viewer laugh.......and it succeeds. The jokes are just plain funny and while some are slightly near the knuckle, they're delivered with deadpan straightness rather than the nudge-nudge comedy of some comedians who like to flag a joke coming some time in advance. My favourite line has to be the one where Kate is talking to Janice about her rather nasty and particularly leathery old mother who sits out in the sun all hours and asks her "Isn't she worried about the 'c' word?" to which Janice replies, "Oh no, she's been called worse than that"

Priceless!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr Jimmy on 30 Nov. 2007
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I came to this sitcom late having missed the first showing of the series but was soon enjoying the repeat after been made aware of the show by enthusiastic friends at work. I very rarely laugh out loud while watching the TV but I think I did during almost every episode of this brilliant new comedy. As long as you like your humour rude you will love this show; I think it's worth mentioning the acting too, some brilliant performances from some very familiar faces who do justice to this very well written 6-parter. I can't wait for the 2nd series but also can't wait for the release of this, series one. Funniest ITV series in a LONG time.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2007
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Sit-coms have become a graveyard for writers and terrestrial channels over the last few years-the dire "My Family" apart -though shows subverting the genres like "Spaced " and "The Mighty Boosh" have done very well.Benidorm suddenly appeared with little fanfare on ITV in February 2007 in the 10.00p.m slot and from the first episode it was clear that this something sufficiently different from the normal cosy suburban sit-com to mark it out as worth watching.
Written by Derren Litten, co-writer of The Catherine Tate Show Benidorm is set in an all inclusive apartment complex-The Solana Apartments- in the popular Spanish resort. The programme exploits the stereotypical working class depiction of Benidorm and seems uncertain whether it,s revelling in the rampaging tackiness of it all or condemning it as a soulless shallow exploitative enterprise.The truth is likely to be somewhere between the two but the real crux of the matter is whether it is funny or not and Benidorm is often very funny indeed-though it is a coarse bawdy type of humour that some may find offensive.
The shows very simple premise is to have disparate groups of people interact while they lounge around the pool, in their rooms or attend any of the complex,s horrendous entertainment nights.There is quiz show champ Geoff Matlby aka"The Oracle" ( Johnny Vegas) and his mother (Elsie Kelly)who he constantly badgers to test him with quiz questions. The Garvey family -dad Mick( Steve Pemberton), mum Janice ( Siobhan Finnerhan), teenage daughter Chantelle( Hannah Hobley) who is harbouring a secret(Not very well it must be said), young son Michael(Oliver Stokes) and Janices mother Madge( Sheila Reid), a wheelchair bound sun worshipping chain smoking bundle of spite.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MYSTICSHAZ on 7 Dec. 2007
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I don't understand why this wasn't put out at prime time instead of being aired around 10.30pm. It eclipses some of the rubbish that's been passing for 'comedy' of late - lets hope ITV sees sense with series two.
Derren Little (of 'The Catherine Tate Show' fame)is such a talented comedy writer - this is wonderfully typical British humour, so sadly missing on TV these days. I'm so looking forward to the next series - this has got all the makings of a classic comedy - so PLEASE put it on at 9pm!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Cryer on 31 Aug. 2008
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Quite simply, thank the lord for this superbly hilarious series. Ages since I've laughed out loud and been left with such a feel good factor. The best (and they're not that good), sit com's now are American. We had lost the true british comedy farce.
Hope lots more comedy writers take note, this is what we want!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Torsten Schreiber on 30 Aug. 2009
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I happened to know about that series by the online edition of the German news magazine "Der Spiegel". They pointed out that the usual horrible German taste in television makes u miss so many great masterpieces of modern television. Besides that I have been a huge fan of British comedy ever since and so I ordered.

Funny enough, I know very little about bad British holiday habits, basically only from hearsay as I myself generally refuse to enjoy vacation trips most of the times. It is needless to state that the "Benidorm" series is not likely to increase that interest in going to Spain on an all-inclusive trip.

So finally, I liked the casting, enjoyed the plot (I generally prefer a certain soap element I am not hesitant to admit), love the humour (the bullfight in series 2 will always remain one of the best TV moments in 2009 in my personal perception) - so no doubt, I will be watching the series many more times in very near future.

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Leipzig, Germany
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