TV’s Benidorm bosses are making a new seaside comedy set in Scarborough — after ITV quietly axed the long-running show.
The current tenth series of Benidorm is set to be the last amid falling ratings.
But creator Derren Litten is already working on a new sitcom — this time for the BBC — set in a karaoke bar in the traditional North Yorkshire holiday resort.
A TV source said: “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.
A source said: “It’s like the first casualty of Brexit — Benidorm has relocated to Scarborough.”
An ITV spokesman said of Benidorm: “No decision has been made about a further series.”