John Challis says Benidorm wedding is outrageous

ICONINSIDER — Benidorm’s Joyce Temple-Savage is set to get married,
The acid-tongue hotel manager – played by Sherrie Hewson – hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to love over the years, but it looks like all of that is about to change as her long-time admirer Monty (John Challis) will pop the question and the pair will tie the knot in a very “over the top” ceremony next year.
Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper, John said: “It’s all very over the top.
“It’s an outrageous ceremony. It’s all done on a cliff edge on an island just off Benidorm. It’s all ridiculous and very funny.”
The 74-year-old actor has made sporadic appearances in the comedy show, but he’ll become a full-time cast member in the 10th series, which is set to release in 2018.
He explained: “It’s wonderful filming scenes as Monty and Joyce.
“He loves her so desperately, and when he finally gets her it’s quite moving.”
John is probably more known for his role as Boycie in ‘Only Fools and Horses’ and his character was married to Marlene, played by Sue Holderness, but the actor said Sherrie is one of the funniest ladies he has ever worked with.
He said: “I’m now on my second TV wife. Sherrie’s one of the funniest ladies.
“Me and her really hit it off from the start.”
Meanwhile, the resort show has proved such a hit with viewers over the past 10 years that the creator Derren Litten has decided to pen a version that will work in the theatre.
A source said recently: “It’s going to be more outrageous and funny than the TV show. Casting has already begun and a few of the telly stars have already shown interest. With the show’s popularity at a peak, it’s the right time to do it.”
Not much is known about the theatre version – including whether Sherrie will take part, but it’s believed there are some lucrative offers on the table for the cast.

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