Our Shirley Valentine Summer review – Love Island for celebrity fiftysomethings

Eight women looking for love is all a bit genteel, except for the fabulous Nancy Dell’Olio who doles out drinks and tells it as it is

“When I came to Greece, I knew it was going to be spiritual,” says comedian Ninia Benjamin. “I did not expect to be shaking my vagina.” But shake it for Our Shirley Valentine Summer (ITV), she does, along with seven other celebrity women who are single and ready to give their lives a sun-and-sea overhaul. ITV has carved out a kind of niche recently in sticking vintage celebrities into unusual situations and hoping for fireworks. They got Pat Butcher high on Gone to Pot, stripped Ainsley Harriot naked for The Real Full Monty, and sent Su Pollard to Sin City for Last Laugh in Vegas. It’s a Partridge-esque approach to commissioning, but the results have been oddly compelling, not least for offering
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