Benidorm - The Special 2009

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Special double-length episode of the ITV sitcom starring Johnny Vegas and Steve Pemberton, made to introduce the sitcom's third series. Several of the characters are finding it difficult to get into the holiday mood as they wind up in prison, in hospital... or disappearing out to sea on a parasail.

Starring:
Johnny Vegas, Nicholas Burns
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 0 minutes
Starring Johnny Vegas, Nicholas Burns, Steve Pemberton, Geoffrey Hutchings, Siobhan Finneran, Oliver Stokes
Director Sandy Johnson
Genres Comedy
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO
Rental release 1 June 2009
Main languages English

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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 May 2009
Format: DVD
Yes they're back, all your favourite characters in this one off special. This special picks up from where the second series finished. Mel has been taken to hospital, and Mick has been arrested for hitting him. The 'Oracle' is eventually found after nearly wiping out a German family and is rushed to hospital as well. Janice wants to visit Mick in the police cells and Madge wants to visit Mel in the hospital, but when they can't get a taxi Madge takes things into her own hands and manages to get a lift from a stranger, all she can think about is that it won't cost her.

Whilst Janice and Mel are being taken in the car Mick is released from the police station and Mel decides to discharge himself from hospital, followed by the 'Oracle'. What Janice and Madge don't know is that the person whose car they got into is wanted by the police for a murder, and are thus taken hostage. The kidnapper decides to take them back to their hotel room and hold them there, but when Madge shouts for help from the balcony of their room things get out of hand. The men make their way up to the room to save the two women, whilst the police are called in. Can the men save the women? Can the police save everyone? Or will Mel who seems to have become Bruce Willis' dad save the day?

This is an hilarious one-off of the great tv comedy, and when the persons involved in the action are offered a free holiday things are left open for a third series. If you have never seen the first two series you don't know what you have been missing. You needn't to have seen the second series to watch this, but it would be helpful if you have, then you will know exactly who everyone is and the storyline that led up to this special. All in all this is a great laugh.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jane Godfrey on 1 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
I had never seen Benidorm before this so I thought I would tune in. I am so glad I did. The script is funny, the characters are very funny and the whole plot is just hilarious. I shall be purchasing the DVDS of series 1 and 2 shortly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Country Grumpkin VINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
As expected, plenty of laughs from this one-off special - though no doubt there'll be more to follow. Subtle? Nah! We don't do subtle in Benidorm, I'm happy to say.

The allusion to No Country For Old Men was an interesting touch, with the air cannister, though fortunately for us here, Benidorm doesn't do grim either.

The twist at the end was neat - and yep, another good laugh.

Oooh, can't wait to get back there to see Sticky Vicky et al!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Randall on 3 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Having seen all the series was a bit concerned this wouldn't make the grade. Wrong! it was great. It reflects Benidorm at its best and its worst. Wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue M on 1 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
Yes i understand what the previous person is saying, but you need to take the show as a bit of fun and i believe it did this. The story was funny and the characters all still there, and i don't think there are many TV shows that really make me laugh out loud, so if you want to relax and watch something that will put a smile on your face and take you out of reality for a bit chose this DVD.
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By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
Now, in my opinion, many feature length specials of comedy series I enjoy have been pretty poor, but this isn't the case with the Benidorm Summer Special.

This hour long treat picked up directly after the cliffhanger ending of series 2, where Mel fainted following an accident during his wedding to Madge. All the regulars returned for this special, which opens with Mel loosing his memory, and Mick causing him to faint again. Mel is taken away to hospital in an ambulance, and Mick is taken away for questioning via a police car, leaving the girls on their own. Madge and daughter Janice cadge a lift from a Spanish male, who only turns out to be a known murderer, armed with drugs and a gun. Meanwhile, the posh couple Kate and Martin are back, celebrating Kate's surprise pregnancy news.

Whilst not fully maintaining the standard and humour of the first two series, this special should please any fan. In fact, you don't even need to be a Benidorm fan at all to watch this really, as it holds up as a good little comedy film in it's own right.
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By Sparks on 11 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
Yes, it's tacky. Yes the characters are thin & predictable. But it's so true! We came to the tv series late, more or less by accident through the repeats, & love every moment of it. We have a home in nearby Calpe & hate Benidump with a vengence, yet this whole series is a wonderful antidote - & yes all these people really do exist! Picture overhearing a very large tattooed woman on the flight home to Liverpool after an all-inclusive Christmas bewailing "They don't cater for the English" because some of the staff had gone home to their families on Christmas Day, where they belonged. Christmas is still Christmas in Spain, even in Benidump. She was surrounded by all-day English breakfasts & pints of Tetley's, yet that still wasn't enough. Madge rules OK. Madge for Mayor of Benidump. Much more. PLEASE.
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Format: DVD
This was the first time Benidorm pushed the boat out to a 45/50 minute episode. This longer episode screened in May 2009 as a bank holiday treat and a warm up for the then overdue & long awaited screening of series three which eventually reached our screens the following October.

This is a great episode that throws all the characters together for the rather over-the-top wedding of Mel Harvey and Madge Garvey. The plot sees Madge and daughter Janine being taken hostage by a crazy spanish gunman on the day of the wedding and the great Johnny Vegas nearly killing the groom courtesy of a parachute drop.

A great show.
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