Benidorm returns to ITV with Sherrie Hewson for series 5 tonight – spoilers!

by Lisa McGarry

ITV1’s award winning comedy Benidorm, returns to our screens for a fifth series tonight.

Our favourite holidaymakers are in for a shock this year as the Solana resort gets a new manager and she means business! Joyce Temple Savage (played by Loose Women’s Sherrie Hewson) is on a mission to upgrade the Solana resort into a 4 star hotel – at all costs.

Mick Garvey (Steve Pemberton), Janice Garvey (Siobhan Finneran), Michael Garvey (Oliver Stokes) and Madge Harvey (Sheila Reid) are all returning to their favourite all inclusive holiday resort. This year, Madge shocks her family and friends with a surprise announcement and a mystery guest from series two will cause mischief for Janice!

Jacqueline (Janine Duvitski) returns following her husband, Donald’s (Kenny Ireland) faked death at the end of the last series…but is Donald far behind her and will the swinging couple be reunited?

Kenneth (Tony Maudsley) is now a Benidorm businessman with his popular new hair salon based at the Solana resort. Gavin (Hugh Sachs) comes out to join him on holiday but where is Troy? (Paul Bazley)

Noreen (Elsie Kelly) is back for some sunshine and flying solo…maybe she could ask newly employed handyman Liam (Adam Gillen) for some company?

Transsexual Les/Lesley (Tim Healy) continues to don the latest cutting edge fashions at the Solana tropical bar alongside hunky Mateo (Jake Canuso) who is on a mission to woo any female that passes by.

Benidorm good time girl Sam (Shelley Longworth) returns with a new friend in tow called Trudy (Michelle Butterly) and they both make it their mission to have a wild holiday!

EPISODE ONE:
The first day of the holidays, and chaos reigns at the Solana Hotel. Staff regulars Mateo (Jake Canuso) and Les/Lesley (Tim Healy) can barely keep control. Les’s son Liam (Adam Gillen) is now the hotel ‘s hopeless handyman. When will the new manager appear? A coachload of angry holiday-makers arrives – including an irate Gavin (Hugh Sachs) and Noreen (Elsie Kelly): somehow, the travel company has lost all their luggage.

Sam (Shelley Longworth) is already out by the pool with a new friend – Trudy (Michelle Butterly). Trudy is hungry for 24 hour fun and determined not to let anything stand in her way… Mateo reluctantly coaches Liam in the art of chatting up pretty women, while Madge (Sheila Reid) borrows money from grandson Michael (Oliver Stokes) and provokes Janice (Siobhan Finneran) about Mick’s late arrival: “very pretty lass he’s just taken on at the Claremont Road shop…”. Kenneth, now proprietor of the Solana’s new hair salon – and Gavin comfort lately widowed Jacqueline (Janine Duvitski), but get a nasty shock when they see what can surely only be the ghost of Donald (Kenny Ireland)…

Watching all this, from beneath an artful cascade of blonde locks, is Joyce Temple-Savage (Sherrie Hewson), the new manager – determined to set the Solana on the road to 4 star respectability. Has she bitten off more than she can chew? Will the guests take to her taste in classical music? Will she ever stop making those pesky announcements? And what will everyone make of reluctant but dishy opera singer Asa Elliott? It’s not going to be an easy ride!

Friday, 24 February 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM