About the Series

Genre: UK Sitcom
Series: 9
Episodes: 58
First Transmission: 1980-1988
Channel: BBC

Hi-De-Hi was written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, who also wrote Dad’s Army.

The show is set between 1959 and 1960 in Maplins, a fictional holiday camp and the title of the comedy is the greeting the campers hear in the morning and many times during the day. The series revolves around the lives of the camp’s entertainers, most of them struggling actors and has-beens.

It gained large audiences and won a BAFTA as Best Comedy Series in 1984

Paul Shane: Ted Bovis
Ruth Madoc: Gladys Pugh
Su Pollard: Peggy Ollerenshaw
Jeffrey Holland: Spike Dixon
Simon Cadell: Jeffrey Fairbrother


Best Episode [ S9 Ep6 ]

The Wind of Change – The holiday season is almost over and everybody is discussing their future plans. Peggy, at last, gets her wish to become a Yellowcoat when Dawn is rushed to hospital with appendicitis. she is asked to replace Dawn. However, she is so enthusiastic that she also ends up in hospital, suffering from nervous exhaustion. Then, the staff learns that Maplin intends to turn the camp into a self-catering resort – with no Yellowcoats.
30 January 1988


Worst Episode [ S8 Ep5 ]

Only the Brave – Spike gets Ted to organize a mass outing to the cinema on April’s birthday to watch her favourite film, ‘Bambi’. Unfortunately, ‘Bambi’ has been returned and replaced with a black and white war film. Gladys falls asleep and imagines all the staff as being characters in an old war movie.
13 December 1986



Full Episode Guide

Blue episodes rated above par.
Brown episodes rated below par.

Series One

Desire In The Mickey Mouse Grotto (1981) –
Ted Bovis is seen entering a chalet with Rose, a young camper, but it’s Jeffrey who gets into trouble.
The Beauty Queen Affair (1981) –
Jeffrey judges the Holiday Princess Competition.
The Partridge Season (1981) –
Mr Partridge’s drinking is getting worse, but Jeffrey gives him a pay rise, which doesn’t help matters.
The Day Of Reckoning (1981) –
Fred’s past comes back to haunt him.
Charity Begins At Home (1981) –
Joe Maplin decrees that each Thursday should be Sunshine Smile Day, giving Ted an idea for a money-making scheme.
No Dogs Allowed (1981) –
Jeffrey’s marital problems start interfering with his work, and rumours soon circulate around the camp.

Series Two

If Wet – In The Ballroom (1981) –
The Maplin’s schedule is interrupted by torrential rain.
Peggy’s Big Chance (1981) –
Peggy’s burning ambition to be a Yellowcoat might finally be realised.
Lift Up Your Minds (1981) –
Jeffrey feels the ‘Who’s Got The Wrong Trousers On?’ Competition is a bit low-grade and resolves to do something about it.
On With The Motley (1981) –
Ted is asked to perform some dates at the local golf club dinners.
A Night Not To Remember (1981) –
Jeffrey is led astray by some campers. Gladys. of course, is eager to take advantage of the situation.
Sausages Or Limelight (1982) –
Spike has to make an impossible decision when his girlfriend’s father issues an ultimatum.

Series Three

Nice People With Nice Manners (1982) –
Yvonne and Barry decide to hold a party in their chalet, but only for the more distinguished members of staff.
Carnival Time (1982) –
It’s time for the annual town carnival, and Jeffrey wants some ideas for the Maplin’s float.
A Matter Of Conscience (1982) –
The council’s idea for a new hospital threatens Joe Maplin’s plans for the camp.
The Pay-Off (1982) –
The proposed hospital is still causing Joe Maplin some problems.
Trouble And Strife (1982) –
Ted’s ex-wife is causing him some grief by demanding maintenance money.
Stripes (1982) –
Joe Maplin wants Gladys to hold the newly-created title of Head Yellowcoat.

Series Four

Co-Respondent’s Course (1982) –
Jeffrey’s wife wants a divorce.
It’s A Blue World (1982) –
Ted arranges a late-night showing of a blue movie for the male campers.
Eruptions (1982) –
Ted is annoyed that his act is constantly being interrupted.
The Society Entertainer (1983) –
Spike’s heart is captured by a female camper.
Sing You Sinners (1983) –
The chaplain retires from his camp duties, and now the Sunday Half-Hour is in need of a replacement.
Maplin Intercontinental (1983) –
Joe Maplin is opening a new camp in the Bahamas and decrees that the winner of the ‘Most Popular Girl Yellowcoat of the Season Competition’ will fill a posting there.
All Change (1983) –
Jeffrey has to re-accommodate the entire entertainments staff to make way for the new Yellowcoat Supervisor.

Series Five

Concessions (1983) –
Ted does all he can to keep a private booking at a local function.
Save Our Heritage (1983) –
Jeffrey is ordered to assist with the demolition of a nearby cottage, which stands in the way of the camp’s new extension.
Empty Saddles (1983) –
Joe Maplin makes a decision concerning the camp’s horses.
The Marriage Settlement (1983) –
Jeffrey finally agrees to divorce his wife.
The Graven Image (1984) –
Everyone is prepared for the unveiling of the new Joe Maplin statue.
Peggy’s Pen Friend (1984) –
Peggy informs the staff that she has a new boyfriend.
The Epidemic (1984) –
There is an outbreak of Chads in the camp.

Series Six

Together Again (1984) –
The Maplin’s staff assembles for the start of a new season.
Ted At The Helm (1984) –
Ted is euphoric at the prospect of becoming the new entertainments manager.
Opening Day (1984) –
It’s the opening day of the new season.
Off With The Motley (1984) –
Peggy is promoted to the post of Stores Supervisor.
Hey Diddle Diddle, Who’s On The Fiddle? (1984) –
Peggy and Spike believe that Joe Maplin gave Clive a job in order to spy on the staff.
Raffles (1984) –
Ted comes up with a devious scheme to make money.

Series Seven

The Great Cat Robbery (1985) –
Ted gets it into his head that a necklace stolen by a cat burglar must be hidden somewhere in the holiday camp.
It’s Murder (1986) –
The campers are no longer prepared to put up with Mr Partridge’s bad behaviour towards their children.
Who Killed Mr Partridge? (1986) –
Partridge’s dead body is found floating in the pool.
Spaghetti Galore (1986) –
Gladys finds herself in demand on the night of her birthday.
A Lack Of Punch (1986) –
The staff have to stand in for Mr Partridge.
Ivory Castles In The Air (1986) –
Gladys gets the wrong idea when Clive takes her to visit his family estate.
Man Trap (1986) –
Joe Maplin’s press release angers Gladys and Spike.

Series Eight

Pigs Might Fly (1986) –
The shock departure of Barry turns his partner Yvonne into a recluse in her chalet.
The New Broom (1986) –
A new camp controller arrives unexpectedly.
Orphan Of The Storm (1986) –
Peggy is sacked, but it seems as though nothing can be done to save her job.
God Bless Our Family (1986) –
Clive’s entire family turns up at the camp to try to talk some sense into him.
Only The Brave (1986) –
Spike thinks the staff should do something special for April’s birthday.
September Song (1986) –
Ted has a new love.

Series Nine

Tell It To The Marines (1987) –
A Royal Marines sergeant antagonises Ted, causing him to make a rash statement.
Marry Go Round (1988) –
The campers complain about the camp comic.
The Perils Of Peggy (1988) –
Clive is desperate to win Gladys back.
Let Them Eat Cake (1988) –
Ted asks for a pay rise.
Wedding Bells (1988) –
Clive and Gladys prepare to get married.
The Wind Of Change (1988) –
Dawn falls ill and the end of the season timetable is thrown into chaos.