Derren Ronald Litten is an English comedy writer and actor, best known as the creator and writer of the sitcom Benidorm. Litten also co-wrote The Catherine Tate Show, for which he both wrote and appeared as several different characters in the first two series and the 2005 Christmas Special. He has also acted in many comedy and drama series including Perfect World, French and Saunders, Spaced, EastEnders, Coronation Street, Pie in the Sky with Richard Griffiths. Litten's first sitcom was Benidorm, which began airing on ITV in 2007. The series follows various groups of holiday makers and staff in the all-inclusive Solana resort located in Benidorm. The series starred actors and actresses such as Jake Canuso, Janine Duvitski, Sheila Reid, Siobhan Finneran, Steve Pemberton, Elsie Kelly, Johnny Vegas, Chrissy Rock, Geoffrey Hutchings, Shelley Longworth, Tim Healy, Sherrie Hewson, Michelle Butterly, Bel Powley and Tony Maudsley . The series received strong ratings and later extended its runtime (including advertisement breaks) from 30 minutes to an hour. The show ran for 10 series ending in 2018. He wrote an episode of Not Going Out and is also the credited writer of an episode of the Only Fools and Horses spin-off Green Green Grass. In 2000 he appeared in an episode of Heartbeat series 10 episode 1. In 2012, a one-off sketch was produced for Sport Relief featuring the Benidorm cast. The sketch involved several of the characters singing on Britain's Got Talent. Litten also wrote a remake episode of Are You Being Served? Which three of the cast had previously appeared in Benidorm, Sherrie Hewson, John Challis and Niky Wardley. It was poorly received by critics.
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