TV's Benidorm 'a lot of fun in the sun' for star Tim Healy
Actor Tim Healy has said he loves being a part of hit TV series Benidorm, days before he flies out to start filming series nine.
Speaking at the launch of his charity golf day, the Geordie star said the cast were like one big family and that there would be lots of new characters appearing this time round.
Healy plays Lesley in the sitcom, which is set in a hotel in the Spanish holiday resort.
"It's a great job, it's like a really happy family and I think that comes over on the screen. It's a lot of fun in the sun and we laugh," he said.
"I love doing comedies - there's so much doom and gloom in the world, all this bad news, and it's great to be able to do something where people can sit down, not do too much and just have a laugh.
"We've got some brilliant new people coming in this one, as the people staying in the hotel are new - it's just the staff that stay the same.
"They've asked me to do series nine and 10 and I just enjoy it, it's nice to get away in March as well from the weather."
The 64-year-old said the Tim Healy Classic, which will take place at Slaley Hall in Northumberland on July 31, is in aid of fellow actor Dave Whitaker who suffered a stroke and now requires 24-hour care.
A cabaret and auction will follow the golf and some of the celebrities signed up include snooker player Willie Thorne, actor Adam Gillen, ex-footballers Steve Watson and Rob Lee and comedian Jason Cook.
"It's in aid of a dear, dear friend of mine who started the Live Theatre company with me when we started out as actors together in 1973," he said.
"Sadly he's had a really bad stroke and he needs 24-hour care. This costs lots of money and the family have been struggling to pay for his care.
"We want to raise as much money as possible, we want people to dig deep at the auctions and buy all these special prizes."
And despite not swinging a club in three years, the Auf Wiedersehen, Pet star said he was still hoping to give a good account of himself.