SPARKS AND RE­CRE­ATION

JOHNNY VE­GAS AND EMILIA FOX play bick­er­ing hol­i­day­mak­ers in a colour­ful com­edy

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JOHNNY VE­GAS SPENT years play­ing bum­bling sun-seeker the Or­a­cle in Benidorm, but his new BBC1 com­edy Home from Home finds him on a very dif­fer­ent kind of hol­i­day.

The se­ries, shown as a pi­lot in 2016, stars Ve­gas as mo­tor­way-ser­vice-sta­tion worker Neil Hack­ett, who has bought a di­lap­i­dated lodge at a Lake Dis­trict hol­i­day park with long­suf­fer­ing wife Fiona (Niky Ward­ley) and their two sons.

Neil’s neigh­bours at the park in­clude snooty Penny Dil­lon (Emilia Fox), who owns a more up­mar­ket lodge on the site with her hus­band, Robert (Adam James), and their daugh­ter. Sure enough, the mis­matched cou­ples soon be­gin to fall out big time…

Here, Ve­gas, 46, and Fox, 43, tell us more…

HOW WOULD YOU DE­SCRIBE THE SHOW?

VE­GAS It is a class com­edy that has poignancy as well as phys­i­cal gags. Most of the prob­lems are gen­er­ated in Neil’s head. He sees Penny and Robert as peo­ple who have ev­ery­thing he hasn’t, so he has sim­mer­ing jeal­ousy, but he is the ar­chi­tect of his own down­fall.

FOX Penny is un­hinged, bru­tal and used to get­ting her own way. She and Neil are al­ways bick­er­ing while Fiona and Robert are nice, in­no­cent by­standers. I’m sorry for be­ing so hor­ri­ble to you on screen, Johnny.

VE­GAS I’d for­give you any­thing.

WHY DO YOU THINK A HOL­I­DAY PARK IS SUCH A GOOD SET­TING FOR COM­EDY?

VE­GAS Hol­i­days al­ways have a way of height­en­ing ten­sions, and a hol­i­day park is a so­cial melt­ing pot. For the Hack­etts, their lodge is a dream come true, but it should re­ally be called Ami­tyville be­cause it looks like a haunted house.

FOX Penny’s lodge is gor­geous and even has a hot tub out­side. I’d be thrilled to stay there but she’d rather be in Ibiza.

NEIL GETS HIM­SELF INTO SOME PRETTY TRICKY SIT­U­A­TIONS, IN­CLUD­ING BE­ING SET ADRIFT IN A HOT-AIR BAL­LOON. WHAT WAS THE MOST MEM­O­RABLE SCENE TO FILM FOR THIS SE­RIES?

VE­GAS It has to be the hot-air bal­loon be­cause I don’t like heights. I re­ally wasn’t great at look­ing over the side. Emilia loved the whole ex­pe­ri­ence, though, and was al­most hang­ing off with one arm.

FOX Yes, we were all think­ing it was the best day of our lives be­ing in a hot-air bal­loon on this beau­ti­ful day – but poor Johnny was cow­er­ing in the bot­tom of the bas­ket.

EMILIA, WHAT WAS IT LIKE DO­ING COM­EDY AF­TER Silent Wit­ness?

FOX The two shows are com­plete op­po­sites. Be­cause I’ve been do­ing Silent Wit­ness for so long, peo­ple think I just stick with drama, but I’ve done bits on Saturday Night Take­away and Inside No. 9. It is lovely now to do a whole se­ries and re­ally get into a char­ac­ter, es­pe­cially one as aw­ful as Penny.

WHAT WERE YOUR OWN FAM­ILY HOL­I­DAYS LIKE AS CHIL­DREN?

FOX My par­ents [ac­tors Ed­ward Fox and Joanna David] have never liked trav­el­ling abroad so we’ve been go­ing to Dorset for about 40 years. We have a hol­i­day home where noth­ing has changed.

VE­GAS We went to But­lin’s un­til my dad got laid off and then I went on a char­ity hol­i­day for de­prived chil­dren. It was at a youth hos­tel in the mid­dle of Wales and it was me and Bri­tain’s hard­est kids – it was hor­ren­dous. We never did for­eign travel. My brother told me it was be­cause I was adopted and my par­ents couldn’t get a pass­port for me. I be­lieved him!

HAPPY CAM­PERS? JOHNNY VE­GAS AND NIKY WARD­LEY AS NEIL AND FIONA RI­VALS: EMILA FOX AND ADAM JAMES AS PENNY AND HER HUS­BAND ROBERT

PARK LIFE: FIONA AND NEIL WITH SON LIT­TLE NEIL (HAR­VEY CHAISTY)

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