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Benidorm (2007-) is an award-winning British comedy-drama set in the well know Spanish resort of Benidorm after which the show is named, with an Ensemble Cast. Broadcast by ITV.Currently, there have been 6 series and 2 specials.
All for Nothing: Throughout Series 5, Joyce's motivation is to get the Solana upgraded to a four star resort. 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.
Asshole Victim: Hotel critic Victor St James is a boorish jackass who tries to pay Trudy €20 for sex and only agrees to give the Solana a good review in exchange for a hefty bribe. He ends up being kidnapped and having his organs harvested. YMMV on whether or not this was Disproportionate Retribution.
Ass Shove: All but stated outright that this was how Jacqueline smuggled various items into prison for Donald including magazines, money, and a George Foreman grill. Though not in her ass.
70 year-old magician Sticky Vicky’s (Who appears in Series 3 As Herself) 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.
Beneath Suspicion: Mr Dixon in Series 5. Nobody suspects for a second that he's actually the hotel assessor sent to evaluate the Solana.
Also Carmen, Kenneth's salon assistant. Nobody considers that 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 Janey.Her mother.
Beware the Nice Ones: Janice. She may seem like a put-upon Straight Man 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".
Michael. When 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.
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.
Black Comedy Rape: 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; Mateo is gagged and handcuffed to the bed, and Donald and Jacqueline are wearing rubber gloves and cheerfully covering a cucumber in lubricant.
Blatant Lies: 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.
British Accents: Unsurprisingly, as the town the series is set in is almost entirely populated by tourists and expats even in Real Life.
British Brevity: 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.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Clive Mitchell, Noreen's travelling companion in the Christmas Special. Despite them getting engaged at the end of the episode., he's never seen or mentioned again.
Comic Trio: 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.
Contrived Coincidence: Over six 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 Ensemble Cast 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.
Depraved Homosexual: 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”.
Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery: 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.
Didn't Think This Through: 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.
Hidden Depths: Years spent doing his dad's nails has helped Liam develop manicurist skills worthy of a professional.
Hypocrite: A lot the characters a lot of the time, but a shining example happens as a Continuity Nod 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.
Locked in a Room: 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 cheating on Troy, and completely disappears when the fireworks display at the Solana's party for the visiting Olympic synchronised swimming team starts
Lower-Class Lout: Mick can easily 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.
Mistaken Identity: During one of the Christmas Specials, Madge 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. Oops.
Particularly ridiculous since Su Pollard is neither a man, a puppeteer, nor been dead for over a decade.
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.
My Secret Pregnancy: 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.
One Steve Limit: Extremely narrowly maintained. Mel Harvey marries Madge Garvey.
The Pollyanna: 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 his time in prison with a positive attitude. Until his personal “Mr Big” (an armed robber named Lenny Chapman) arrives at the Solana.
Pool Scene - Multiple times an episode - the pool is the main characters' hangout of choice.
Rich Bitch: 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.
The previously successful Cyril Babcock is found sleeping rough in Benidorm after 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.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The Garveys embark on this when it turns out that 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".
Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Madge uses her age as an excuse to be horrible to others, which her grandson eventuall points out has more to do with her being just a nasty person than being old.
The Scrooge: Donald. Big time. After 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.
Tyrant Takes the Helm: 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. Acquired Situational Narcissism kicks in immediately as he adopts a hardline management approach that annoys most of the staff and reduces the hotel to chaos within hours.