The new series of Benidorm kicks off on ITV this Friday – yay! – and ahead of it, Loose Women star Sherrie Hewson has been telling What’s On TV magazine about her character, the snooty Joyce Temple Savage.
As fans of the show will know, Sherrie’s character has been brought in to shake up the Solana hotel and resort complex in the wake of the departure of its previous manager, Janey, who was played by Crissy Rock.
However, her attempts to make the hotel more appealing to a discerning clientele do not go down well with the karaoke, burger loving, beer swilling regulars.
Of the role, Sherrie said, “In my 40-odd years as an actor this is one of my best roles.
“I think Derren Litten is the most amazing writer and when he contacted me he and said ‘what do you think about being in Benidorm?’ I just said ‘wow’…
“It’s not difficult getting back to acting. It’s like sex or riding a bike. You just get back on it and off you go.”
And when asked what Joyce is like, Sherrie said, “Joyce is posh Northern and obviously worked in better places in her lifetime.
“I think she was an air hostess, or worked on big cruise ships as a cruise director.
“She’s eventually come down to the Solana and she’s obsessed about making it into a 5-star hotel.
“She p****s so many people off, they literally want to kill her, particularly Kenneth, the hairdresser.”
Sherrie went on to say that Joyce develops a crush on hunky waiter Mateo, and even deludes herself into thinking he’s in love with her!
She said, “She mishears Mateo saying something. She thinks he says he’s in love with her, but can’t tell her because she’s the boss. And she carries that on.
“A little while later, she feels has to say to him, ‘Look I know you are in love with me and I totally understand!’ It’s a real cougar moment.
“Of course he’s not in love with her. It’s all a bit embarrassing, but of course, she does fancy Mateo – who wouldn’t?
“There are scenes where she is blatantly flirting with Mateo. It’s the looks that kind of say, ‘I know what you think of me and I understand it, but I’m very experienced so you’ll be in very safe hands’.
“She assumes he’s quite excited by it, but kind of misunderstands the whole thing.”
Sherrie then went on to say that starring alongside another Benidorm newbie, Matthew Kelly, has prompted some of the “funniest and saddest” scenes in the new series.
She said, “Our scenes are some of the funniest, but also the saddest. Viewers will be thinking, ‘I don’t mean to laugh at this!’
“She knew his character, dance teacher Cyril Babcock, before as they’d worked together in the 1980s, and he comes to help put on a Strictly Come Dancing contest at the Solana.
“I’m about the only one in the cast who didn’t get to dance. I’d have loved to because my mum and dad were dancers. That’s why I’d love to do Strictly.”
And finally, of the transition from the Loose Women panel to acting in Benidorm, Sherrie said, “Every person you meet is a Benidorm or Loose Women fan, so transferring to Benidorm hasn’t been difficult.
“It’s with Loose Women people are strange because they believe that you are their friend. It’s like a soap. I equate it to that.
“People think you are part of their lives. At the end of the day we’re all ordinary girls.
“We’ve had troubles like they’ve had troubles.”
As I mentioned, the new series of Benidorm airs on Friday at 9pm on ITV1.