Holiday Showdown was a BAFTA-nominated and Royal Television Society Award-winning reality television programme, produced by Chris Kelly for the United Kingdom independent TV production company RDF Media. It was first broadcast in 2003 on ITV in the United Kingdom. Holiday Showdown is produced by RDF Television, part of the RDF Media Group. The executive producer is Nick Shearman, series producer is Tayte Simpson, and producer/director is Katharine Round.
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Holiday Showdown Episode Guide
Menorca v Jamacia
30th Oct 2003
Health- conscious middle-class Plummer family - who don't drink, smoke or eat junk food - are devastated when they are sent to Menorca for a boozy beach holiday with the working-class Dochertys. And the Dochertys are equally upset when they are sent to Jamaica with the Plummers, who forbid them to smoke in the house, ban them from drinking - and take them on healthy treks through the rainforest. The two mums, Kim Docherty and Simone Plummer, almost come to blows after Simone bans Kim from smoking in their luxury villa and asks her not to drink alcohol. Tearful Kim, shouts: "Okay, I'm getting seriously p***ed off now. Why can't I have a drink? It's my holiday too. I don't like it when people tell me what I can and can't do. If you tell me I can't smoke, I'll light up right now." It ends with Kim storming up to her bedroom in tears, shouting: "If I light a fag and she says anything I will f***ing punch her. I'm going to smack her one, the stupid bitch." The huge showdown comes after days of bickering. During the first week of the holiday swap the Dochertys from East London - Kim, 38, market trader Danny, 42, Kerry, 15, and Jamie, 12, - take the Plummers to Menorca for a week of drinking, karaoke and lounging by the pool. Although the children in both families get on well, friction between the adults is apparent almost immediately - and a crisis meeting is called just two days into the holidays. Singer and songwriter Simone moans: "We haven't been out of the complex in 48 hours. Making us stay in one place for the whole time is not enjoyable for us." Husband James says of the resort: "It's extremely tacky. It's full of Northerners - like Blackpool in Spain." And by the second week, in Jamaica, the arguments start to get really heated. The Plummers from South East London - Simone, 44, dad James, 48, and children Aliyah, 13, and Jay, 12 - have rented a luxury villa which comes with its own cook. Their idea of holiday heaven is to go for a long walk to a waterfall. James describes it as "paradise" but Kim retorts: "It's horrible, bloody horrible." At the end of the holiday, Dave sums up the experience: "It's nice in Jamaica, but I could go to East London and have a better time with real people. "If I wanted a time like this, I'd go to a clothes shop and sit with the mannequins. They don't eat either."
Cornwall v Borneo
6th Nov 2003
The Glass family pitch a tent in Newquay, Cornwall, but companions the Theodores aren't happy campers, complaining about conditions on the site and coastal walks. They are much happier on a five-star break to Borneo, and can't understand why the Glasses would rather get out and about and rough it a bit to see more of the country
Mexico v Ghania
13th Nov 2003
The fun-loving Littlechilds from Essex treat Devon's Curtis family to a week at their favourite resort in Cancun, Mexico, a lavish complex complete with wild nightclubs and captive dolphins. Then the tables are turned as the Curtises - devout Christians with a penchant for charity work in Africa - repay the favour with a rather less luxurious stay in a tiny Ghanaian village without running water
Las Vegas v Hiking
20th Nov 2003
THE Simpsons meet the Flanders in this great slice of reality TV when the Harrison Wolf family meet the Lawson family. The Harrison Wolf mob love the great outdoors while the Lawsons' favourite holiday activity is gambling. We follow the Harrison Wolf family as they go on holidays with the Lawsons to Las Vegas. For the Harrison Wolf family food is anything they can carry in their backpacks while their hosts prefer the all-you-can-eat buffet. You'll be left dying to see the next installment when the tables are turned and the Lawsons are forced to go camping.