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FANS can breathe a sigh of relief, as ITV’s Benidorm is BACK.

The award-winning TV show has returned for a ninth series – here is what we know so far…

ITVs Benidorm is back for a new series

ITV’s Benidorm is back for a new series

What is Benidorm? When can I watch Series 9?

ITV’s award-winning show Benidorm has returned to our screens.

The comedy follows the lives of Brits abroad at the all-inclusive The Solana hotel in the heart of Benidorm, with hilarious consequences.

Series nine began on Wednesday 1 March 2017, and continues with episode three tonight at 9pm on ITV1.

You can catch it again on the ITV Hub.

The new series will run for nine episodes, and will be on at the same time every Wednesday.

Jacqueline Stewart has to pick either Ant or Dec in trailer for new Benidorm series

Which characters will be returning to the new series of Benidorm?

Many of the fan-favourite characters will be back for this latest series – although the Garvey family is still absent.

Sherrie Hewson (Joyce Temple-Savage), Jake Canuso (Mateo Castellanos) and Tim Healy (Les/Lesley Conroy) were the first characters announced to make a return to the show.

But in May 2016, Tim fell ill whilst filming, resulting in him being written out of half of the series.

Tony Maudsley (Kenneth Du Beke), Danny Walters (Tiger Dyke), Josh Bolt (Rob Dawson), Paul Bazely (Troy Ramsbottom), Nathan Bryon (Joey Ellis), Adam Gillen (Liam Conroy) and the loveable Janine Duvitski (Jacqueline Stewart) all return.

Fans will be pleased to hear that Johnny Vegas playing Geoff Maltby and Elsie Kelly, playing his adorable mum Noreen Maltby will be back, as well as his on-screen drunk sister Pauline Maltby played by Selina Griffiths.

It’s also been confirmed that Shelley Longworth would be reprising her role as Sam Wood for the ninth series having not appeared since Series 5.

Nigel Havers will be joining the cast of this award-winning show

Nigel Havers will be joining the cast of this award-winning show

Will there be any new characters introduced to Benidorm?

The Solana Hotel is set to get an upgrade, in the form of the suave and sophisticated Nigel Havers.

The posh star is set to star as a conniving conman in the sun-soaked sitcom.

Speaking of his experience in the Spanish resort, known for its boozing, he said: “They have lots of cheap alcohol which means everyone in Benidorm is completely smashed, most of the time! It’s so hideous to look at.”

Joan Collins will be popping up again for Series 9

Joan Collins will be popping up again for Series 9

Will Joan Collins be in the new series of Benidorm?

Joan Collins will return to Benidorm for Series 9.

The Hollywood actress will reprise her role as Crystal Hennesey-Vaas, the CEO of the Solana Hotel Group.

Joan has had a recurring role in the show since 2014.

It’s not been confirmed which episode she will appear in yet.

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Where do they film Benidorm? Is the Solana a real hotel?

The Solana is the hotel featured in the show where the characters stay.

However, although the hotel featured is a REAL hotel, it is not called The Solana – and there are two of them.

The pool scenes are filmed at the Sol Pelícanos Ocas in Benidorm.

The room scenes are filmed in the Acuariam II Apartments, which overlooks the pool.

But the reception area including Kenneth’s Blow n’ Go salon, is a studio set.

The evening scenes where the guests are in ‘Neptune’s’ is actually filmed at the Morgan’s Tavern, which is almost directly across the road from Sol Pelícanos Ocas.

Tim Healy will be back for the first half of the new series only, after a health scare

Tim Healy will be back for the first half of the new series only, after a health scare

 


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