ITV comedy series Benidorm could be cancelled after a ratings drop according to reports. The popular programme has been on screens for a decade but won’t be back next year according to The Sun.
A source told the paper: “Benidorm has been a huge success for ITV for a decade, but bosses feel it's run its course.
"The ratings have started to drop off and a number of the fan favourites have left, so it just feels as though the time is right to let it go out while it's still on a high.”
The series, set in the Spanish seaside resort, is the channel’s longest-running comedy, but rumours are swirling that its creator Derren Little has other irons in the fire and is working on a BBC sitcom set in Scarborough.
He quickly took to Twitter to rubbish the claims, saying: ‘I enjoyed that story after series 6. And 7 and 8 and 9…’
Just a few weeks ago he said he hoped that the sunshine series would carry on for another 10 years.
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Benidorm, which was back on screens this week, attracted 4.3 million viewers – a 400,000 drop since this time last year. Cameos for this series are set to include Shane Richie, Nigel Havers, Claire Sweeney and Tony Hadley.
Last week saw ITV air a celebratory documentary looking behind the scenes of the hit show. It included Derren Little addressing the show’s team, and looking back on the first series when he joked he was hoping for a ‘free holiday in Spain’, adding “Spain is now my home and I have found a family.”