Our Favourite TV-Inspired Holiday and Expat Locations


Television and travel go hand-in-hand, as many tourists take into account filming locations when looking for a unique adventure. How many of you will admit to visiting a specific area, purely because that’s where our well-loved TV characters are also located? Our hands are certainly up!

We’ve taken a closer look at some of our favourite programmes and the areas in which they were set. If you’re looking for holiday inspiration or you’re simply a fan of good entertainment, then read on!

Benidorm (2007-2018)

According to 2017 data from the United Nations (UN), Spain is host to the largest number of UK expats in all of Europe. At the time UN put this information together this total had reached 308,872. Spain continues to be a popular destination for expats and holidaymakers alike, due to the weather being a big improvement on that of the UK!

So it makes sense that this seaside resort sitcom was set in Benidorm, a favourite amongst many Brits looking for an affordable escape to the sun.

Father Ted (1995-1998)

This sitcom might be set on the fictional ‘Craggy Island’, but it is described to be off the west coast of Ireland. Although the show is no longer in production, its three series continue to appear as repeats on television. Although not directly featuring a real location, its Irish backdrop certainly makes the country worth visiting for fans of the show.

Ireland took the 2nd spot on the UN’s list. According to its data, 278,040 UK expats are living there as of 2017.

Allo Allo (1982-1992)

Even those who have not seen the show (it is a bit of an old ’un, now) will probably be able to guess its origin from the title. It’s set in the French town of Nouvion (yet filmed in Norfolk, England), during the Second World War, and it’s another sitcom on our list.

France is 3rd on the UN’s 2017 list, when it comes to the number of UK expats living in Europe. 188,161 Brits were recorded to be living permanently in the country as of 2017.

The Borgias (2011-2013) and Medici (2016-2018)

We’ve highlighted two TV shows here, as they are both equally gripping historical-fiction dramas set in Italy. They provided embellished insight of the powerful families that controlled areas such as Florence during 15th and 16th century. The romanticism in such television shows particularly inspires us to go travelling and see Italy with our own eyes. The country has largely managed to hold on to its ancient architecture, so there’s still plenty to see.

Italy is in 5th place for its number of UK expats, reaching a total of 72,234 during 2017.

The below table shows the top ten countries, according to UN data:

United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Population Division (2017). Trends in International Migrant Stock: The 2017 revision (United Nations database, POP/DB/MIG/Stock/Rev.2017)

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