Benidorm creator Derren Litten has announced he is bringing his hit ITV series back in a brand new way.
Now, following his recent series Scarborough (which came under fire for a Jimmy Savile joke) being axed, Litten plans to open a Benidorm theme bar. In Benidorm, obviously.
"When the BBC cancelled my latest show Scarborough I had a long think about what I wanted to do next," he tweeted. "I genuinely thought Scarborough was some of my best work and if it's not what TV channels are looking for now maybe I should do something completely different.
"So I made a decision to step away from making TV programmes for a while and I sat down and thought about the things I like doing. I like Benidorm, I like drinking, I like karaoke, I like socialising. But how on earth could I make an income from all that?
"Looking through my storage unit in Spain at all the props and costumes I acquired (which were going to be dumped) when the Benidorm series ended, it struck me how people would love to see all this stuff and maybe have a drink and sing a song surrounded by all that memorabilia.
"That's when I first got excited about the idea of opening a karaoke bar in Benidorm."
So, here's my next move, my next project, at least the next couple of years or so of my life... I hope to meet many of you for real, share a drink and sing a song in a time when all of this current madness is a distant memory.... #MateosBenidorm pic.twitter.com/kGfjvVPHgz— Derren Litten (@DerrenLitten) March 28, 2020
He continued: "The right venue was found, not too big, not too small and we set an opening date of April 10th. Well we all know what happened next, the dreaded coronavirus...
"We can't continue work on the bar just now and we have no idea when it will open, open we will at some point and as soon as I have a date, I hope holiday makers will visit.
"We will have regular celebrity appearances including Mateo himself, Jake Canuso and of course I'll be there an awful lot, hosting the karaoke and chatting with the people who made the Benidorm TV series such a success, YOU!! I can't wait to meet you all, show you around and in some small way help Benidorm get back on its feet."
He also told a fan that he won't charge an entry fee and that drinks with be priced similarly to other Benidorm venues (very cheap).
Benidorm is available to watch in its entirety on Netflix now.
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