Bad news Benidorm, fans: the ITV sunshine sitcom is ending for good this Wednesday.
Crazy to think Wednesday will be the last episode of Benidorm! I created the series over 11 years ago, wrote it, guest starred in it and ended up directing it. It's difficult to think what else there is to do! Thank you for watching! #MuchasGracias ???? pic.twitter.com/WQmdaIG4i4
— Derren Litten (@DerrenLitten) April 29, 2018
Show creator Derren Litten made the announcement on Twitter, thanking fans for their support over the past 11 years.
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Fans of the show are distraught, but turned out on Twitter to thank Litten for years of laughter…
I can't thank you enough for the joy you've brought , evenings spent in gales of laughter.????????????
— Marie Ellis (@marie19530) April 29, 2018
The sitcom, which followed an ensemble of holidaymakers and staff at the all-inclusive Spanish hotel Solana, has picked up two National Television Awards and a Bafta nomination since it first aired in 2007.
Thanks for those years, they seem to have gone in a flash ! A brilliant programme written by a genius and performed by a stunning cast here's to more #Benidorm in the future, long may it continue @TonyMaudsley1 @JakeCanuso @SherrieHewson @BeingBoycie and the rest of the crew
— Andy by Name (@sooty2101) April 29, 2018
Its 73 episodes have featured the likes of Johnny Vegas, Steve Pemberton, Madness, John Challis, The Chuckle Brothers, Sheridan Smith and even Uri Geller.
Allthough Benidorm is set to end on TV, the cast are due to reunite on stage. A 25-date theatre version, Benidorm Live, written by Litten, is due to begin touring the UK in September.
The final episode, due to air 9pm Wednesday 2nd May on ITV, will see an airport strike causing panic at the Solana, with the families dashing to catch a flight back home. Watch out for the cameo from Litten himself: he’ll be playing play Elvis from Skegness, a man hoping to buy out the hotel.