The holiday show is arguably the purest form of escapism, especially on a dank November evening in the UK. Nothing melts those icy winter blues better than watching what could be your next holiday unfold in front of you. Seeing other people relax on the beach and frolicking in the sea will plant ideas in your head as you eagerly dig out the holiday broachers; jealousy isn’t the only emotion you might experience when watching such shows however, some of these examples encapsulate the frustration around delayed flights and sub-par accommodation.
The UK has always had a thriving tourism industry, but an equal amount of its inhabitants look to vacate the country each summer in search of sunnier climbs. This, added to Brits down to earth attitude and propensity to not take themselves too seriously makes the UK an ideal market for a gamut of holiday shows, each with wildly varying themes and attitudes. Here are five of the best…
Focusing on the trials and tribulations of Luton Airpot, Airline follows the frustrations of staff forced to deal with angry and uncooperative passengers, most of whom have arrived too late to check in. Operating like a soap opera, Airline delved into the personal lives of check-in staff at the airport who were undoubtedly the stars of the shows!
In this innovative game-show type format, two very families get together, both going on each other’s ‘dream holidays’ for a week. Much hilarity ensues when middle-class wannabe aristocrats are dragged round Blackpool, and equally, when overweight alcoholic parents with hyperactive kids are introduced to an active walking holiday.
The original and best. The late Jill Dando’s soothing, melancholy voice almost sounded like the waves lapping at your feet and the soft, exotic title music said ‘holiday’ like no other. The high-brow review show featured a number of different presenters and celebrities documenting their experiences in various popular and not so popular holiday destinations.
Taking a look at the hedonistic lives of a group of club reps in places like Gran Canaria and Falaraki, Club Reps was more about working on holiday than going on holiday (though how getting drunk with a group of hotel guests constitutes ‘work’ is anyone’s guess). In total contrast from a show like ‘Holiday’, drinking and debauchery are the order of the day for the Club Reps.
Holidays from Hell
Part of ITV’s ‘from hell’ mini-franchise that included ‘Neighbours from Hell’, this particular show took a glance at the grim underbelly of the travel industry, exposing hotels that didn’t deliver on their promises, providing shoddy accommodation and below-par cuisine.
Joe is a travel blogger who loves watching travel TV shows as much as he loves actually travelling! He’s looking forward to his Dubai holidays next year.