Benidorm Bastards

Yes, television is also culture. So we feel obliged to talk about the Belgian success story of "Benidorm Bastards". This hidden camera show follows 7 senior citizens whose mission is to roam the streets and blow the minds of young people. This translates into vulgar talk, hip hop moves and juvenile group behaviour from seventy-seven olds! Not really the behaviour you'd expect from the "good old days' generation.

When it first aired on Belgian channel 2BE it was an instant hit.  And in September 2010 it won the prestigious Rose d'Or: winning the “Comedy” category as well as the price for best program. The jury said: “This program is so much more than a candid camera show, it is a prime-time ratings winner that has taken the most undervalued element of society and given them the power of the punch line. ‘Benidorm Bastards’ proves that this type of humour is ageless.”

Since then the show has already been sold to more than 30 countries, including France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Israel, throughout the Middle East and Scandinavia. Yesterday evening it aired on American tv-channel NBC titled "Betty White's Off Their Rockers". With more then 12.2 million viewers the show was an instant success.

We've selected some clips from several countries, so sit back, relax and start training your laugh muscles!

the original Belgian version ( with English subtitles):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdMk6xdzsng frameborder=0 allowfullscreen>

I LOVE BELGIUM

the American version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6xHUPVEYwE frameborder=0 allowfullscreen>

I LOVE BELGIUM

the Danish version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZeelPoC-IU frameborder=0 allowfullscreen>

I LOVE BELGIUM

and we end with the German version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgoA_t6JXhg&feature=related frameborder=0 allowfullscreen>

but don't worry there's much, much, much more on youtube!

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