The creator Derren Litten has finally confirmed the show is to be no more, much to the disappointment of fans.
In a poignant message to viewers on Twitter, Derren admitted he still couldn’t believe the series had come to an end.
He wrote: “Crazy to think Wednesday will be the last episode of Benidorm!
Crazy to think Wednesday will be the last episode of Benidorm! I created the series over 11 years ago, wrote it, guest starred in it and ended up directing it. It's difficult to think what else there is to do! Thank you for watching! #MuchasGracias ? pic.twitter.com/WQmdaIG4i4— Derren Litten (@DerrenLitten) 29 April 2018
One viewer replied: “Thank you @DerrenLitten for 11yrs of the best laughs of my life, the best cast of all time, the fantastic guest stars, you sir are a genus, and deserve all the awards for all the hard work and brilliant writing.”
A second commented: “Thanks for those years, they seem to have gone in a flash ! A brilliant programme written by a genius and performed by a stunning cast here's to more #Benidorm in the future, long may it continue @TonyMaudsley1 @JakeCanuso @SherrieHewson @BeingBoycie and the rest of the crew.”
An insider explained: “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.
“It has been ITV’s longest running comedy, which is a real achievement.”
Set in the Spanish resort, Benidorm followed Brits abroad and staff at the Solana all-inclusive resort.
But a disappointing 4.3 million fans tuned in for this week’s series opener — a 400,000 drop on last year’s launch.
Fans of Derren’s brilliant writing have a lot to look forward to however, as we also revealed he was penning a new comedy set in seaside resort Scarborough.
A stage version of the show is also in production and some of the show's best loved stars will go on a nationwide tour in September this year.