ITV has confirmed its comedy series Benidorm will return for a one-off special later this year followed by a fourth series next year.

The confirmation comes after creator Derren Litten spoke of the show’s return last month.

The Sun continues to shine on ITV’s hit Spanish sitcom Benidorm. After a hugely popular third series in which the show was successfully extended to one hour episodes, ITV1 finally confirmed that our favourite holidaymakers will be returning later this year for a special and a fourth series to follow in 2011.

Creator and writer, Derren Litten will once again bring alive the Brits abroad with his healthy mix of loud characterisations, cleverly observed humour and hilarious storylines. Regularly attracting 6 million viewers and with a loyal fan base, the show has to date won a National TV Award for Best Comedy on TV and been nominated for both a BAFTA and Comedy Award.

“With impressive ratings and a great solid fan base that keeps building, ITV is thrilled to commission a fourth series of Benidorm along with a special to air later this year. Viewers will get to meet a whole host of new over the top characters alongside our regulars” – Michaela Hennessy-Vass, ITV’s Commissioning Editor of Comedy.

Alongside the regulars, the fourth series will also see new characters and in true Benidorm tradition a variety of hilarious guest stars.

“We’re delighted that Benidorm will be returning for a fourth series and that our cast of holiday makers will once again be given an opportunity to top up their tans. Writer Derren Litten has got some great treats and surprises in store for Benidorm’s ever-increasing audience.” – Sophie Clarke-Jervoise, Executive Producer.

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