Benidorm Christmas Special on One

9:30pm Thursday, December 1 on TV One

It’s Christmas on the Costa Blanca and where better to spend it than in Benidorm with some of The Solana’s best loved regulars and some very special guests!

Welcome to the award-winning Benidorm, and the world of the package holiday resort, where each summer Brits abroad flock to The Solana apartments to soak up the sun, sand and all- inclusive cocktails. Not forgetting the “quality” entertainment found in the The Red Lion cabaret bar.

In this one-off festive special, it’s Christmas and Benidorm regulars the Garveys ( Steve Pemberton, League of Gentlemen, Siobhan Finneran, Downton Abbey, and Oliver Stokes) are spending it with family, Mel and Madge Harvey, in their luxury hilltop villa.

Elderly Noreen (Elsie Kelly, Coronation Street) has found herself a travel companion in the form of Clive (Brian Murphy, Last of the Summer Wine), an old army friend of her husband, but as the holiday progresses it appears he might not be quite all he seems.

There’s confusion too at The Solana, when Donald and Jaqueline (Kenny Ireland, House of Cards and Janine Duvitsky, One Foot in the Grave ) check in with a group of “close personal friends” including king of the swingers, Marvin (Louie Spence, Pineapple Dance Studios).

With Mel unexpectedly stuck in Marrakech, Madge (Shelia Reid) is left in charge of the Christmas Spectacular at the Benidorm Palace. But when the star of the show, Su Pollard (Hi-De-Hi) takes an unexpected detour via a Spanish nudist camp, it looks like the show will be left without its big finish.

Luck comes in the unlikely form of Donald and Jaqueline, who just happen to have a famous friend in the area who they hope to convince to step in at the last minute and save the show.

Long live the land of sun, sangria and Santa!

Missed Benidorm Christmas Special? It’s available online. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘on demand’.

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