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We’ve got our bags packed ready for our trip to the Solana when the new se­ries starts next week – but let’s warm up first with a cel­e­bra­tion, mark­ing the fact that we’ve been mak­ing this jour­ney for a full decade now. (Benidorm ac­tu­ally be­gan in 2007, but took a year off in 2013, if you’re try­ing to make the num­bers work.)

The show’s cre­ator and lead writer Der­ren Lit­ten is our guide as we ex­plore some of the lo­ca­tions where the show is filmed, while the cast (in­clud­ing a full re­union of the orig­i­nal Gar­vey fam­ily) pro­vide plenty of be­hind-the-scenes se­crets – for ex­am­ple, Tony Maud­s­ley (who plays hair­dresser Ken­neth) orig­i­nally au­di­tioned for the role of Mick. “It went to Steve Pem­ber­ton – he needed the work,” he says mag­nan­i­mously.

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