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Catching up with Tony Maudsley - Kenneth in the ITV Benidorm series

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Tony joined the cast of Benidorm in series 4 and was such a hit with the audience that he's back again in series 5 where he plays "uber camp hair stylist" Kenneth. I caught up with him at the pool side bar of the Sol Pelicanos hotel during his lunch break whilst filming during the week. But Tony was more than familiar with the hit series as he had originally auditioned for the part of Mick Garvey!

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Interview with BAFTA winning director Sandy Johnson in Benidorm

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... and not just 1 BAFTA but an astonishing 3 (to date) and he's here in Benidorm directing the last 2 episodes in the current series of the ITV hit comedy "Benidorm". Wow, what an honour for me to be able to sit and relax with him after he'd finished a busy days filming - with his trademark moustache which he has had since the age of 19 and only ever shaved off once for a part!

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"Fish War" in Benidorm

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As most of you are aware there is a growing trend for people to stick their feet in a tank full of fish ... known as the "Garra Rufa Fish pedicure".... where flesh eating fish nibble the dead skin off your feet. The trend spread like wildfire throughout the UK last year - it originated in Asia and Benidorm was no exception to this beauty craze.The first shop was opened by an English gent called Colin - whose premises are called "Dream Feet".

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All Inclusive package holidays on the up to Benidorm

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Sales of "All Inclusive" package holidays to Benidorm have soared by 37%  according to Hosbec (the  Hoteliers Association) this year and British holiday makers now account for aprox. 40% of the tourist market staying in the town. With the current financial crisis more and more people are booking All Inclusives

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Benidorm series filming update

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If you want to ever know where the filming is taking place you just need to walk around town to see where the Primoti vans and generator are parked up. Yesterday they took advantage of the break in weather .... whoever said it doesn't rain here in Spain obviously only ever comes here in the Summer. Its been raining cats and dogs over the last few days

New British Medical Centre for Albir

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On Tuesday a brand new British Family Medical Centre opened in the heart of Albir. Following the closure of the only one late last year - due to retirement, a big gap was left in the market. Albir has a huge ex-pat community and many of those are retired older people who do not feel comfortable going to the Centro de Salud, Spains equivalent of the local Health Centre.

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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