Hale and Pace to join Benidorm

Legendary comedy duo Hale and Pace are set to join the tenth series of 'Benidorm' as undercover detectives investigating Lesley (Tim Healy)

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Tim Healy as Lesley in Benidorm

Tim Healey as Lesley

Legendary comedy duo Hale and Pace are set to join 'Benidorm'.

Gareth Hale and Norman Pace - who fronted their own television show in the 1980s - are set to make an appearance in the tenth series of the ITV show.

It is not known how big a part the pair will play in the programme but they will star as undercover detectives investigating Lesley (Tim Healy).

Series 10 - which will go into production in Benidorm, Spain, later this month and will air on screens in 2018 - will also see Shane Richie return for four episodes as entertainer Sammy Valentino whilst John Challis' character Monty Staines will become a series regular.

Show creator, writer and executive producer Derren Litten said: "When I wrote the first script of 'Benidorm' I had no idea it would change my life so dramatically over the next 10 years.

"As I put the finishing touches to the 74th episode I am so grateful to our fans and to ITV for giving 'Benidorm' the best possible home we could hope for. Here's to the next 10 years!"

Whilst Saskia Schuster, ITV's Comedy Commissioner, added: "'Benidorm' is very much part of the ITV family with viewers taking these wonderful characters to their hearts.

"Show creator, writer and exec producer Derren Litten has some great plans for the tenth series and it's a real treat to welcome Hale & Pace and Shane Richie to the Solana resort."

It has been confirmed that Troy (Paul Bazely), The Oracle (Johnny Vegas) and Tiger (Danny Walters) won't be returning for the new series but fans will be pleased to know Joyce Temple Savage (Sherrie Hewson), Mateo (Jake Canuso), Liam (Adam Gillen), Kenneth (Tony Maudsley) and Jacqueline (Janine Duvitski) will all be returning.

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