Benidorm creator’s new TV comedy is a spiritual successor – set in Scarborough

Benidorm creator’s new TV comedy is a spiritual successor – set in Scarborough
(Photos: ITV/Shutterstock)

Long-running TV comedy Benidorm may have come to an end earlier this year, but a new show from its creator aims to be a spiritual successor.

Rather than being set in sunny Spain, however, this time it will take place on the coast of Yorkshire.

Writer Derren Litten is taking his wares from ITV to the BBC for ‘Scarborough’, named after the North Yorkshire seaside town in which it is set.

Northern soul

Announced at the Edinburgh TV Festival, the six-part sitcom will revolve around the daily goings on at a karaoke bar, and the patrons who frequent it to belt out 80s classics.

The show is set to star Jason Manford, Katherine Kelly and Stephanie Cole, while Shane Allen – the Controller of BBC Comedy – said it will “do Scarborough very proud.”

“Its a real coup to have someone of Derren’s great experience land a broad sitcom with a Northern comedy heart to it”, he said.

Benidorm won’t be returning – but Scarborough feels like a spiritual successor (Photo: ITV)

It will likely have a lot in common with Benidorm, which ran for more than a decade.

Both shows feature an ensemble cast, are centred around holiday-resort settings, and come front-loaded with heaps of good-humoured, British charm.

A release date has not yet been confirmed, though on-location shooting in North Yorkshire is expected to take place in the summer of 2019, so it might be a while until we see it yet.

Benidorm no more

In July, Litten announced that Benidorm would not be returning to screens, saying: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened! After months of speculation, I can finally confirm Benidorm series 10 was the LAST EVER.”

Benidorm Scarborough
Johnny Vegas (left) in Benidorm, and the sunny front in Scarborough (right) where the action might take place (Photos: ITV/Shutterstock)

But fans should fear not: the next instalment of the show’s story will be told in an upcoming stage play.

Benidorm Live begins its run in Newcastle in September, before embarking on a tour taking in Edinburgh, Bradford, Belfast and Leeds among many others – with dates running into 2019.

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