Johnny Vegas, Paul Bazely, Hannah Hobley, Abigail Cruttenden, and Nicholas Burns all did not return.The Christmas special, however, aired on Boxing Day 2010 and had some special guests including Marvin (Louie Spence), who was a member of the Middlesbrough Swingers Association, and Su Pollard played herself as a guest star.
A whiff of a Benidorm holiday romance was soon in the air for Liam, as he took an immediate shine to new girl Natalie (Kathryn Drysdale) - but her friend Sam (Shelley Longworth) has other ideas on their potential romance.
Gavin was given a new holiday companion, Kenneth (Tony Maudsley).
Stuart Mc Gugan played Donald's practical-joking friend Wink, who electrocuted himself to death on-stage at Neptune's, and Lorraine Bruce appeared as one of Madge's estranged daughters.
By the end of Series 3 the show was regularly attracting 6 million viewers and had won two National TV Awards and been nominated for both a BAFTA and a British Comedy Award.
Wizzard made a brief appearance at the end of the special singing their big hit "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day".