“When the BBC cancelled my latest show Scarborough I had a long think about what I wanted to do next,” he wrote. “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,” he continued.
“I like Benidorm, I like drinking, I like karaoke, I like socialising. But how on earth could I make an income from all that?” he asked.
“That’s when I first got excited about the idea of opening a karaoke bar in Benidorm.”
Benidorm ran from 2007 to 2018 and starred a host of actors including Steve Pemberton and Johnny Vegas.
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)
Litten also confirmed that he had kept a lot of the props and costumes from the series, “which were going to be dumped” – suggesting that his Benidorm-themed bar would give people the chance to drink and be merry while surrounded by genuine artefacts from the series.