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ITV’s longest-running series Benidorm ‘faces axe as series eleven is yet to be commissioned’

Benidorm faces the axe after ten years (Picture: ITV)

ITV’s longest-running comedy, Benidorm, faces an unsure future as it has been announced an eleventh season of the show is yet to be commissioned.

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There are fears that bosses dragging their feet may evolve into a permanent axing of the show which began life in 2007.

The show has generally been a success, and has run for ten years – but it’s not all been plain sailing.

Benidorm has dropped down in the ratings recently and the show has lost a number of number of key cast members.

Geoff [Johnny Vegas] was an early star of the show (Picture: ITV)

A source told The Sun: ‘Some feel the show has done its time.

‘Series eleven has yet to be commissioned and the concern is if it does take a break it might never come back.’

And veteran sitcom star John Challis, previously of Only Fools and Horses, chimed into the debate saying he believes ‘mucking about’ with the programme’s scheduling could have influenced a drop off in interest.

John Challis of Only Fools and Horses thinks the show needs a ‘rethink’ (Picture: ITV)

Challis revealed: ‘I think the show may take a year off for a pause and a rethink.’

At nine seasons young, the show is ITV’s longest running comedy ever, and therefore arguably its most successful.

While fans wait with baited breath, an ITV spokesperson has confirmed that the new series ten, the last to have been commissioned thus far, will ‘air next year’.

The show is set at a fictional Spanish hotel in Benidorm, and has been Bafta-nominated.

ITV has been contacted for comment.

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