Benidorm 'faces axe' from ITV after landmark tenth series airs

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Benidorm is reportedly facing the axe from ITV following next year's 10th series.

It's been claimed that amid falling ratings, the show could be put on a break after the next run - and may never come back.

"Some feel the show has done its time. It’s still popular but many of the old faces are long gone," a source said today.

They told The Sun newspaper: "There is a feeling it is going through the motions.

“Series 11 is yet to be commissioned and the concern is if it does take a break it might never come back.”

Actor John Challis, who is now a series regular with his character Monty Staines, suggested to the newspaper the series could use a "rethink".

He's quoted as telling the tabloid: "I think the show may take a year off for a pause and rethink.

“I think it’s ideal to come out in January or February, and I’m looking forward to it but there’s no guarantee.”

“It’s ten years old which is extraordinary," the TV star added, "Only Fools only went to seven series and specials.”

ITV said: “The new series airs next year. Any decisions on commissioning will be made around then.”

Series 10 of the show went into production earlier this year.

Show creator, writer and exec producer Derren Litten said at the time "When I wrote the first script of Benidorm I had no idea it would change my life so dramatically over the next 10 years.

"As I put the finishing touches to the 74th episode I am so grateful to our fans and to ITV for giving Benidorm the best possible home we could hope for. Here's to the next 10 years!”

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