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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:
Steve Pemberton, Geoffrey Hutchings
Rental Formats:
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Product Details

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

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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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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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This is great, unfortunately for us, after we had unwrapped it, we watched the set Benidorm Series 1-6 (DVD) and found this Special was in the set, so we did not actually need to buy it, but we soon found a grateful home for it lol.
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It's generally quite good, if more of a guilty pleasure. However, it's definitely far-fetched and its portrayal of the Spanish police, doctors, and nurses seems to a pretty cheap way to make a few jokes and a plot workable. Madge is more irritating and unbelievable than someone who is usually a bemusing character. Her whole nonchalant attitude towards the gun man is a stretch. Mel to the rescue was again, far-fetched, but it kind of worked. On the flip side, there's plenty of usual jokes and if you enjoyed series one and two then you'll probably at least find this watchable. So, not its best showing, but fun enough.
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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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By Brit Boy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jun. 2009
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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.

The DVD's special features aren't great, but you do get some 'Behind the Scenes' footage, as well as a photo album.
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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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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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