Benidorm's creator has hit out at claims that the show is to be axed by ITV.
The new series of Benidorm kicked off on Wednesday night. The landmark tenth run sees legendary comedy duo Hale & Pace join the cast as undercover detectives investigating Tim Healy’s character Les/Lesley, who returns to the series full time.
The nine-episode series also sees Shane Richie back, reprising his role as lively entertainer Sammy Valentino and John Challis becomes a series regular with his character Monty Staines.
The first instalment was watched by 4.3 million viewers on ITV, down 400,000 on last year's series opener.
The episode was followed by a report in The Sun that ITV were set to drop the show in 2019.
"Benidorm has been a huge success for ITV for a decade, but bosses feel it’s run its course," a TV insider claimed. “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.
“It has been ITV’s longest running comedy, which is a real achievement.”
However Benidorm's creator Derren Litten tweeted: "Apparently The Sun are running a story tomorrow on how #Benidorm has been cancelled.
"Don’t make me f*****g laugh (I enjoyed that story after series 6. And 7 and 8 and 9…).”
A spokesperson for ITV said: "Series 10 is currently on air and no decisions have been made re a further series.”
Benidorm currently airs Wednesday nights at 9PM on ITV.