Derren Litten has spoken about the festive episode re-write he never wanted to do.

Benidorm creator and writer Derren Litten has admitted that re-writing the Christmas Special following the death of actor Geoffrey Hutchings was ‘incredibly emotional’. The actor passed away in July of this year. When it came to re-writing the Benidorm Christmas Special writer Derren Litten found it difficult and ‘emotional’.

“First of all I didn’t know how I was going to write the departure of Mel with the respect and tact it required. I spoke with Andi, Geoff’s wife, and she said I had her blessing to do whatever I thought was right. In the end, writing that part of the storyline wasn’t difficult but it was incredibly emotional. I sat at my desk in the office in my house and cried as I wrote it; I’m pretty sure it will have the same effect on the viewer.” – Derren Litten

The actor played the role of Mel Harvey in the ITV1 sitcom. His last on-screen role was in Simon Amstell’s BBC Two comedy, Grandma’s House.

The actor had a wide range of roles within drama and comedy memorably playing Sid James on-stage and in the ITV drama Cor Blimey which charted James’ relationship with Carry On co-star Barbara Windsor. Geoffrey Hutchings drama roles include playing the long-suffering Bobby Hollamby in Bad Girls and also a short stint in EastEnders in 2009.

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