Benidorm The Movie gets BIGGER as Shane Richie and Only Fools star sign up


BENIDORM stars John Challis and Shane Richie have signed up for the film version of their much-loved telly sitcom.


Shane Richie and John Challis starred in the TV version of Benidorm and now will appear on film (Pic: ITV/Tiger Aspect)

The film’s writing team are keen to bring back as many familiar faces as possible.

That means John, who was Boycie in Only Fools And Horses, will be back as “shifty” Monty Staines.

The 76-year-old said: “The movie will be marvellous.

“I’d like to think that Monty will be on an anger management course in Alicante. I can’t wait.”

And Shane, 54, who played the dodgy pub entertainer Sammy Valentino in the ITV series, said: “Did someone say movie? I absolutely loved playing Sammy. I think we will tap in to his history. I love putting the wig on too.”

John Challis plays a series of dodgy characters (Pic: Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Plans for the movie were confirmed by writer Derren Litten after the series came to an end on telly earlier this year after 10 seasons.

Derren said the film project has attracted interest from a “very big American movie star”.

He was encouraged to make a cinematic adaptation after seeing the Benidorm Live stage tour, which he said is “proving so popular”.

Other stars including Sherrie Hewson, who played Joyce Temple-Savage, and Tony Maudsley, who was Kenneth Du Beke, are thought to have already signed up to reprise their roles.

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