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[[caption-width-right:350:Welcome to the all-inclusive Solana resort. Enjoy the comedy and your stay.]]
Benidorm (2007-) is an award-winning British comedy-drama set in the well known Spanish resort of Benidorm after which the show is named, with an EnsembleCast. Broadcast by {{ITV}}.

Currently, there have been 7 series and 2 specials.
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!!This work contains examples of:
* ABoyAGirlAndABabyFamily: Just about, but it's the older sister who has the baby.
* ActionMom: [[spoiler: JANICE. Technically a BadassGrandma.]]
** [[spoiler: Also her mother Madge, making her a Badass Great-Grandma.]]
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Les. See TyrantTakesTheHelm
* {{Adorkable}}: Liam
* AllForNothing: Throughout Series 5, Joyce's motivation is to get the Solana upgraded to a four star resort. [[spoiler: She succeeds in the last episode by bribing the assessor but in the last episode of Series 6, the company's CEO orders her to remove the fourth star as it doesn't fit with the overall tone of the company and raises customers' expectations too much.]]
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Les/Leslie should count as one of these, but [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Liam thinks overwise]].
** Noreen, but only from [[SmallNameBigEgo her son's]] [[LadyDrunk and daughters']] perspectives.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Michael in the first three series.
* AnythingThatMoves: Donald and Jacqeline. And the Spanish bartender, Mateo.
* AssholeVictim: Hotel critic Victor St James is a boorish jackass who tries to pay [[TheLadette Trudy]] €20 for sex and only agrees to give the Solana a good review in exchange for a hefty bribe. He ends up [[spoiler: being kidnapped and having his organs harvested.]] YMMV on whether or not this was DisproportionateRetribution.
* AssShove: All but stated outright that this was how Jacqueline smuggled various items [[spoiler: into prison for Donald]] including magazines, money, and a [[UpToEleven George Foreman grill]]. Though not in her ass.
** 70 year-old magician Sticky Vicky’s (Who appears in Series 3 AsHerself) conjuring act is the inverse of this with props including the flags of all nations. But like the above example, it doesn’t involve her ass. Martin and Kate’s expressions after watching her show pretty much tells you everything you need to know about it. As does the reaction of the crowd at the grand opening of Mel’s Mobility Shop when she produces a pair of scissors to cut the ribbon.
* BeneathSuspicion: [[spoiler: Mr Dixon]] in Series 5. Nobody suspects for a second that [[spoiler: he's actually the hotel assessor sent to evaluate the Solana.]]
** Also [[spoiler: Carmen, Kenneth's salon assistant.]] Nobody considers that [[spoiler: she might be the mole who's providing the Costa Blanca Citizen with negative stories about the Solana because she doesn't work for the Solana, her lie that she doesn't speak English, and that nobody knows that she's actually in league with [[TheBusCameBack Janey.]] [[TheReveal Her mother.]] ]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Janice. She may seem like a put-upon StraightMan with a few ditzy moments but if you piss her off or hurt her family, she will (as she puts it) "get medieval on your arse".
** Donald and Jacqueline. See BlackComedyRape
** Michael. When [[spoiler: Jack]] plays a prank on him and Tiger while they are at sea on a Pedalo by pretending to be a shark, Michael refuses to give him a lift back to the shore and punches him in the face as soon as they are back on dry land.
* BigEater: Geoff
** Donald
** Kenneth. He’s banned from all but one Chinese restaurant in Benidorm and has to bring his own reinforced chair when he eats there.
** Big Donna. She was banned from most of the all-you-can eat restaurants in her area, but is tolerated at the ones in Benidorm.
* BlackComedyRape: Donald and Jacqueline decide to get revenge on Mateo for cheating on hotel worker Kelly by luring him to their room and… well, when Martin accidentally walks in on them; [[spoiler: Mateo is gagged and handcuffed to the bed, and Donald and Jacqueline are wearing rubber gloves and cheerfully covering a cucumber in lubricant.]]
* BlatantLies: Pretty much EVERYTHING that comes out of Geoff's mouth. Somewhat subverted in the fact that he does actually seem to have a degree of success in his lies, such as everything to his mother and the claim of knowing 5 languages.
* BritishAccents: Unsurprisingly, as the town the series is set in is almost entirely populated by tourists and expats even in RealLife.
* BritishBrevity: Each series is only 6 episodes long, apart from Season 2, which is 8 episodes. 9 if you count the special that follows directly on from it. A slight inversion happens as of the Easter Special, when each episode has a runtime of roughly 46 minutes, twice as long as Series 1 and 2. Which is uncommon for a straight sitcom.
** Now averted because (as of 2015), it has run for seven series and two specials with an eighth series due in 2016.
* TheBusCameBack: A number of characters return either in guest appearances or full time after being PutOnABus including Geoff, Noreen, Martin, and Janey.
* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling the Old Woman Out]]: [[spoiler:Micheal delivers a verbal smackdown to his grandmother Madge; pointing out that the reason she's horrible to others [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior isn't because she's old]], but because she is genuinely a nasty person.]]
* CampGay: Kenneth.
* CampStraight: Liam shows shades of this at times. Kenneth is convinced that he's actually CampGay.
* TheCasanova: Mateo.
* CharacterDevelopment: Michael starts off as a hyperactive AnnoyingYoungerSibling, but ends the series as a mature teenager.
** Tiger is much less of a selfish, manipulative JerkAss in Series 7, possibly as a result of his friendship with Michael.
* CharacterFocus
* ChivalrousPervert: Weirdly, Donald and Jaqueline. They do seem to care about people despite their AnythingThatMoves mentality, and are some of the nicer people in the cast.
* ChristmasEpisode
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Clive Mitchell, Noreen's travelling companion in the Christmas Special. Despite [[spoiler: them getting engaged at the end of the episode.]], he's never seen or mentioned again.
* ComicTrio: Mateo, Liam, and Les/Lesley occasionally form this in Series 5. It's most prominent in the fourth episode when they try to prepare a paella for a visiting hotel critic.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Over seven series and two specials, everyone seems to go on holiday at the same time, on the same days. Granted, some of them are staying for two weeks, which gives a larger margin for error in some cases, but it's still there.
** The EnsembleCast element alleviates this to some extent, plus in the UK certain weeks, such as school holidays, more people go on holiday than at other times.
** At one point, Janice notes that she sees Donald and Jacqueline at the Solana every year. Donald reveals that they book the same week every year.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mick, Madge, Gavin, Janey... let's just say everyone.
* DenserAndWackier: Series 1 rarely strayed from the hotel and stayed pretty grounded. Years later; we have plots involving loan sharks, gangsters, and the Hairdressing Mafia.
** Best illustrated by comparing the Series 1 and Series 7 finales. In the Series 1 finale, the Garveys visit the local beach, Michael suffers a PottyFailure in the hotel pool, and Martin and Kate deal with [[spoiler: the aftermath of her [[YourCheatingHeart sleeping with Mateo]]]]. In the Series 7 finale, [[spoiler: Mateo is held hostage by his shotgun-wielding mother-in-law.]]
* DepravedHomosexual: Completely inverted with Gavin who is one of the more prudish characters. When he discovers that the beach Kenneth has taken them to on a day out is a gay nudist beach, he freaks out and calls the sunbathers “degenerates”.
* DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery: Madge probably only gets away with many of the things she says because she's elderly and in a mobility scooter all the time. Though she doesn't really need the scooter as she's not really infirm, she's just lazy.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: In protest at Joyce reneging on her promise to give them a free holiday, Donald chains Jacqueline to a pile of sun beds by the pool and swallows the key. This creates a problem when Joyce caves in sooner than they expected.
* DoubleEntendre: Almost everything Donald and Jacqueline say.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Donald]] tries this at the end of Series 4 [[spoiler: as part of a life insurance scam.]] Series 5 reveals it didn't work.
* FamilyBusiness: After [[spoiler: Madge and Mel get married, and Mel later dies,]] Mel's sunbed business looks like becoming this.
* FamilyDisunion: There are so many arguments!
* FanDisservice: A big part of the show involves seeing fat and unattractive people in swimsuits...just like holidays in real life.
* FriendlyEnemy: Mateo and the Oracle.
* FlairBartending: Mateo attempts this. [[spoiler: He smashes every bottle he juggles, but acts like nothing's happened.]]
** A younger barman named Jason who has a talent for this arrives in Series 6 Episode 2 and he and Mateo engage in a cocktail competition to decide who takes Mateo's job.
* FunnyForeigner
* GiftedlyBad: A lot of the karaoke singers - just like in RealLife - when it's not being played for heartwarming, that is.
* [[GoneSwimmingClothesStolen Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen]]: Martin in Series 3.
* GratuitousSpanish: Largely averted with Mateo, who generally uses Spanish [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench during seduction attempts]].
* GuyOnGuyIsHot: Joyce has a hot flush when Mateo and Jason start fighting in her office, ripping each other's vests open in the process.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: Goes hand-in-hand with the [[NakedPeopleTrappedOutside example further down]].
* HawaiianShirtedTourist: Occasionally.
* HiddenDepths: Mateo is an accomplished Flamenco dancer.
** [[spoiler: Years spent doing his [[WholesomeCrossdresser dad's]] nails]] has helped Liam develop [[spoiler: manicurist skills worthy of a professional.]]
* HoneyTrap: [[spoiler: Brandy’s]] entire relationship with [[spoiler: Martin]] is a front to [[spoiler: rob the Solana]].
** She also sleeps with Mateo to [[spoiler: steal his staff room key]].
* {{Hypocrite}}: A lot the characters a lot of the time, but a shining example happens as a ContinuityNod in the fourth series. In Series 2, Mick was in massive financial trouble, but when Janice got on at him about it, he kept saying things to the effect of "We're on holiday, we can just push it aside for now". Fast forward to Series 4, and he's deriving quite great enjoyment from Madge being in the same boat.
* InnocentInnuendo: Madge confuses Beef Medallions with beef curtains. [[SpitTake Mick's reaction to this]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny is utterly hilarious.]]
* InsaneTrollLogic: After becoming angry with her GP, Madge angrily claims that he isn’t a real doctor since his wife used to be married to a vicar. This is promptly [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Janice.
* InsultToRocks: When Liam is compared to "One of those rats who can't get out a maze but keeps trying", Natalie is scolded and told "But rats are intelligent."
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: When Martin gives his ReasonYouSuckSpeech to Brandy, she seems pretty unfazed until he calls her unattractive.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Michael and Liam
** Noreen and Gavin. Eventually.
* IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery: Janice's young male admirer, Jack, who seems blind to the fact she's already married.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mick.
** Madge is also this, when she's not being a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk.
** Arguably Mateo in later series, after his somewhat antagonistic role is toned down.
* KarmaHoudini: Jacqueline suffers no legal fallout from [[spoiler: her and Donald’s life insurance scam]] thanks to being good friends with a judge who is a fellow swinger. [[spoiler: Donald has to [[TakingTheHeat take the fall]] though.]]
** Tiger. Bloody. Dyke. In the space of seven episodes; he aggressively barters down the price of hiring a mobility scooter and hires it with a fake ID so he and Michael can sell it at the at the end of the hire period, crashes the scooter when drunk, gets Michael drunk and [[spoiler: persuades him to get the word “Benidorm” tattooed on his forearm in massive letters]], steals a pack of Solana wristbands and sells them to the public for €20 each, steals Madge’s herbal tanning pills and sells them to an upper class stag party claiming that they’re drugs, steals another mobility scooter and gives it to Madge to get back in the Garveys’ good books, and sets Elena’s Pedalos out to sea when it becomes clear she’s not interested in him. And he gets away with everything thanks to a combination of circumstances and being a worryingly ConsummateLiar
* LockedInARoom: In Series 5 Episode 5, Noreen and Gavin end up trapped on Gavin's balcony. Gavin's animosity towards her fades considerably when she offers some surprisingly profound advice about him [[spoiler: cheating on Troy]], and completely disappears when the fireworks display at the Solana's party for the visiting Olympic synchronized swimming team starts
* LongList: When Mateo tells Noreen that Jeff is a Muffalatta (gay) she asks what it means. His response is a rapid-fire list of euphemisms for homosexual lasting almost twenty seconds.
* LongRunnerCastTurnover: Approaching this with only three of the original cast (Madge, Geoff, and Noreen) slated to return for Series 8. All of which have been PutOnABus at various points.
* LowerClassLout: Mick can easily fit into this trope; he was a benefit's cheat claiming disability allowance falsely for years, and is incredibly tight with his money, usually only doing something outside the hotel if it's free.
* MistakenForGay: Mateo falls victim to this several times which he vehemently denies. Though [[CaughtWithYourPantsDown his dalliance with Troy]] in Series One [[AmbiguouslyBi suggests otherwise]].
** Joyce is under the impression that [[LadyDrunk Pauline]] is gay, telling Mateo “Do not serve the angry alcoholic lesbian”.
** Kenneth refuses to believe that Liam is straight. His somewhat camp mannerisms, crossdressing father, and sensitive demeanour don’t help matters
* MistakenForPedophile: Martin mistakes himself for one after sleeping with 23 year-old Bianca Dyke but remembering nothing of the evening. As she leaves his room, she tells him it’s her sixteenth birthday [[ItAmusedMe just to mess with him]]. HilarityEnsues.
* MistakenIdentity: During one of the Christmas Specials, Madge [[BestServedCold finally gets her revenge]] on Su Pollard for snubbing her when she asked for an autograph over ''25 years'' earlier... only for it to turn out that the person she was ''actually'' upset with all this time was Rod Hull. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Oops]].
** Particularly ridiculous since Su Pollard is neither a man, a puppeteer, nor been ''dead'' for over a decade.
* MoodWhiplash: The end of the Christmas Special contrasts wildly with all funny scenes that came prior.
* MsFanservice: Brandy in Series 3 and Bianca Dyke in Series 6.
* MultigenerationalHousehold: Grandparents, parents and children all going on holiday together.
* MushroomSamba: Chantelle deliberately [[InvokedTrope invokes this]] when she realizes that the diarrhoea pills Madge took from Brandy’s bag are actually ecstasy and [[UnsuspectinglySoused slips her one]]. IntoxicationEnsues and Madge subsequently [[CrowningMomentOfFunny belts out “Up Up And Away” at the karaoke while high as a kite.]]
** Donald reminisces about a recreational drugs phase he and Jacqueline went through during the 1970s that included her being high on Magic Mushrooms for four days thinking she was a barn owl.
* MySecretPregnancy: In Series 1, the Garveys' teenage daughter Chantelle is five months pregnant which she hides by wearing a large winter coat at all times. The pregnancy is discovered when the heat of the karaoke lights in the hotel bar combined with her wearing the coat causes her to faint.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny
* NakedPeopleTrappedOutside: Mateo, after a rather vigorous waxing session.
** Not to mention Martin in series 3.
* NeedAHandOrAHandjob : Hilariously played with with Mateo in series 4.
* NeverGetsDrunk: Most of the characters, despite the all-inclusive bar leading to them all drinking to excess regularly. Hangover on the other hand kicks in all the time.
** Averted in Season 4 with Noreen's daughter Pauline.
* NoIndoorVoice: Clive Dyke when he loses his temper.
* NoodleIncident: Martin’s mother’s past is never explained but her being well known by the nickname “Dirty Diana”, recognised by Donald and Jacqueline, and propositioned by Mateo of all people is certainly a clue.
** We never find out exactly how Janice got revenge on [[spoiler: Mohammad for trying to scam Madge.]] Though all the evidence points to an attempt at medieval torture.
* OneSteveLimit: Extremely narrowly maintained. Mel Harvey marries Madge Garvey.
* ThePollyanna: Regardless of how insane or Squick-inducing the situation gets, Donald and Jacqueline will always be cheerful and upbeat about it. Donald even looks back at [[spoiler: his time in prison with a positive attitude.]] Until [[spoiler: his personal “Mr Big” (an armed robber named Lenny Chapman) arrives at the Solana.]]
* PoolScene - Multiple times an episode - the pool is the main characters' hangout of choice.
* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: Tiger rarely understands his father’s pop culture references.
* PutOnABus: Happens to a number of characters thanks to the programme’s revolving cast. Though sometimes [[TheBusCameBack The Bus Comes Back]].
* RealityEnsues: When Janice headbutts someone in the face, her immediate reactions “Fucking hell that hurt”.
* RichBitch: Tonya Dyke. Also her daughter Bianca who is implied to have had a series of rich boyfriends and become used to a high standard of living.
* RichesToRags: [[spoiler: Madge after Mel dies in a considerable amount of debt]]
** The previously successful [[spoiler: Cyril Babcock]] is found sleeping rough in Benidorm after [[spoiler: ending up in a Thai prison on a false pubic indecency charge and his successful escape attempt kills five elderly inmates and the prison cat.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The Garveys embark on this when it turns out that [[spoiler: Mohammad's planned marriage of convenience to Madge so that she could easily retrieve €50,000 that Mel invested in a Moroccan bank account before his death was an attempt to scam her]], with the normally level-headed Janice planning to "get medieval on your arse".
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Madge uses her age as an excuse to be horrible to others, [[spoiler:which her grandson eventually points out has more to do with her being just a nasty person than being old.]]
* TheScrooge: Donald. Big time. After [[ItMakesSenseInContext swallowing the key he used to chain Jacqueline to a pile of sun-beds]], he’d rather gorge himself on curries and coffee and then relieve himself in the bathtub to get it back than pay €15 to rent a chain cutting machine. This even extends to when it’s not his own money, physically stopping Clive from driving on a toll road (while the car is in motion no less) because it costs €3.
* ShoutOut: In series 6, the Solana holds an [[ManVFood "Hombre Vs Food"]] competition.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Jack towards Janice.
* SpitTake: Done by Mick. See InnocentInnuendo.
* TheSociopath: Jack is seemingly a very mild version of this.
* StalkerWithACrush: Jack towards Janice. It gets quite creepy in series 5.
* StraightGay: Troy.
* SupremeChef: Mateo. Les is also revealed to be this, having worked as a chef on an oil rig before Liam was born.
* TeenPregnancy: 'Telle in Series 1.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Janey in Series 7.
* TookALevelInKindness: Mateo from Series 4 onwards and Tiger Dyke in Series 7.
** Madge temporarily when [[spoiler: she mistakenly thinks she's dying.]] It doesn't last.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Tiger is this to Michael in Series 6.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: In Series 6, Joyce goes on holiday and leaves Les in charge with the implication that doing a good job could lead to a promotion to assistant manager for him. AcquiredSituationalNarcissism kicks in immediately as he adopts a hardline management approach that annoys most of the staff and reduces the hotel to chaos within hours.
* UltimateJobSecurity: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in the case of Kenneth. Although his salon is at the Solana, it’s an independent business and the space is rented, meaning that Joyce has no power over him.
* VacationEpisode: Every episode, unsurprisingly.
* WeWantOurJerkBack: Happens retroactively in Series 6. When Madge [[spoiler: mistakenly believes that she has less than a month to live]], she becomes a much more caring, introspective, and generous person. Much to the surprise and worry of her family. She instantly snaps back when she discovers the truth, prompting Mick to note almost happily that “Madge is back”.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[InvokedTrope Heavily Invoked in the case of Les/Leslie.]] He is quite probably the nicest, least selfish and least confrontational person in the entire cast.
* WorldOfSnark
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