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An Interview with Francis Matthews - producer of "Benidorm"

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Following a one week break, filming has resumed at "The Pink House" - the set for the Solana hotel reception.  It is there that I met up with Francis Matthews, who is the producer of the current series of ITV's hit comedy "Benidorm". He is not to be mistaken  with "Hammer Studio's Revenge of Frankinstiens"  Francis Matthews - very confusing having two actors with the same name, but this one is far younger and better looking!

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Investigation opens into the death of the British couple following flash floods near Benidorm.

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The Guardia Civil have opened an inquiry into the death of the British couple from Bootle in Lancashire on Friday following flash floods in the area.They will be looking into the causes as to whether it was a natural phenomenon or mis-management by the Finestrat Council. The layout of the ravine and input of water channels from adjoining streets will be investigated.

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Flash flood in Benidorm kills 2 Brits

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Two British pensioners died during a sudden freak flash flood which swept over Benidorm yesterday lunch time. The couple aged 70 and 72 ran a tea & coffee stall at the weekly La Cala street market and were washed away by the torrential downpour - six others have been slightly hurt. The Guardia Civil and emergency services attended the scene but there was little that could be done.

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Benidorm series on pause

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For all you fans and lovers of the ITV hit comedy Benidorm the following will possibly disappoint - especially if you are over on a weeks holiday and are hoping to bump into one of the cast ... they are back in Blighty on a mid season break! Filming finished on Friday and virtually all of the cast have gone back to to UK for a "holiday" from the sun !

Things you can easily buy in Benidorm but not in the UK.

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Youth culture in Spain is totally different to that back in the UK - it is one of the reasons many families move here. You hardly ever hear of knife crime here - and when you do its almost always Ex-Pat youths who have had too much to drink or East European gangs that are involved. In the UK its almost a weekly occurance on the news that yet another 15/16 year old has been fatally stabbed

Proposed pedestrianisation of Calle Gerona in Benidorm

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Following a successful trial over the summer to pedestrianise part of the Calle Gerona, Benidorm council now wants to make it permanent and expand the scheme. Mayor Navaro said that the trial was welcomed by both local businesses and  visitors who could dine al fresco without the noise, danger and pollution of passing cars... and obviously smokers were able to enjoy their cigarettes.

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Benidorm stars open Claire's salon in Albir

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3 stars of the current Benidorm 5 series took time out yesterday (Sunday) to open a new Nail & Beauty salon in Albir. Returning to the screen following his debut in series 4 is Tim Healy - who plays "Lesley" ... a man in drag with a thick Geordie accent. In his efforts to look the part Tim has false gel acrylic nails put on

Benidorm book signing

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As I arrived at Morgan's Tavern, aka Neptune's Bar, the road was almost blocked by the swell of fans waiting eagerly for the 2 o'clock book signing session. What a turnout -  some fans had arrived at 11am wanting to be the first in the queue to ensure that they got their copies.The books for the signing - 400 copies - had only arrived last night ...

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Filming in "Neptunes" for ITV's Benidorm series

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Well filming of series 5 is well under way in Benidorm.... and you certainly can't mistake where they are on any given day. This last week most of the shoot has been inside "Morgan's Tavern" which is the location of the fictional "Neptune's Bar" in the series.The main give away are the rows of Primoti vans together with a generator parked up behind them

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Enhancements to petrol stations around Benidorm.

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When you pop down to your local service station you obviously expect to find petrol, maybe some basic groceries, newspapers ....... what else ? Well I was rather suprised at what I found in my local Repsol stations. Its fairly common to find a car wash but a laundrette? At one of the Repsol stations in Altea they have what looks like a porta-cabin with a selection of washing machines and tumble dryers!  

New guidelines on cigarettes and tobacco

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Whilst on holiday in Benidorm, one of the things on your shopping list may be cigarettes, tobacco and spirits - almost everyone will take back at least one of these things as they are cheaper here in Spain then back in the UK.However, as of 1st October 2011, HM Customs & Revenues have revised the guidelines on cigarettes and tobacco of when to start questioning you about the amount of goods you are bringing into the UK.

Moors & Christians parade in Benidorm

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Saturday night was the spectacular parade of all the Moors and Christians through the main streets of Benidorm. The celebrations started on Wednesday 28th September and finished on Sunday 2nd October.The Moors and Christians are celebrated in most Spanish towns and cities and commemorate the battles, combats and fights between Moors (or Muslims) and Christians during the period known as "Reconquista"

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An Interview with John Henderson - Director of "Benidorm"

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ITV's hit comedy series "Benidorm" is back in town currently filming its record 5th series. It now has a cult following and the crew have been in town recording since 29th August - planned finish date is 3rd December. If you are in town you have most probably seen the "Primoti" Vans (Spain's equivalent of Hertz) parked along the road either infront of the strange "Pink building" - just up from Benidorm Palace.

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