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Oh for the single life again! NOT! I have been watching this pantomime since the beginning and am so glad that I do not feel the need to behave the way those on this show do.
For anyone who hasn’t caught a glimpse of this programme, Club Reps follows a group of Club 18-30 holiday reps at the resort of Faliraki on the island of Rhodes. As well as the reps, we are also treated to the sight of the holidaymakers, um, enjoying themselves.
In charge of all the reps is the resort manager – Marie, or Maz, as she prefers to be known. Maz used to be a rep herself and appears to think that she is far better than any of her current charges. She is driven by results and only cares that her reps are selling enough excursions to meet their targets. However, when a young lad was killed in a scooter accident, she did deal with the situation very sensitively and, for the first time, we got to see a different side to her. Yet, at the end of the season, when asked which reps she would like to invite back to work with her next season, instead of judging them on the work they had done, she preferred to wait and see how they had come across on the TV show!
Maz is joined in her role by 2 area organisers. Lee and Dave have the unenviable task of doing Maz’s dirty work for her, although they do stick up for the reps as well. Dave appears to be rather shy as he is not seen very much, but Lee is often to be seen out and about with the other reps and the holidaymakers.
The reps are a mixed bunch. Some don’t seem to be cut out for the role, whereas others positively revel in it! It seems to be a life of continual partying and very little sleep. When they do get some time off, instead of relaxing they just head out to Bar Street and get very drunk! Some couldn’t handle the lifestyle and the pressure of selling, so headed home again. They often have to deal with extremely rowdy and drunk holidaymakers and, for some of them, it is all too much. However, some of them do seem to love the lifestyle. One rep chose her job over her fiancé and another returned to the resort only a week after resigning!
Other reps are keen to use the ‘Shag Tag’ to its full advantage! This is the reps id card, commonly referred to as the ‘Shag Tag’ due to its apparent magnetic attraction for members of the opposite sex! One particular young rep has been seen boasting of his conquests (over 40 at the last count) during the course of the season.
For me, the people who really make the programme are the holidaymakers! Their sole mission on holiday appears to be to drink as much as possible and have sex with as many people as possible. 2 particular girls, Rachael & Vanessa, loved the life so much that they took jobs as pole dancers in order to stay on the island after their holiday had finished! They were also keen to have sex with as many men as possible and in order to achieve this aim, sometimes took more than one back to their rooms at a time.
One group that I found particularly bizarre was a bloke and his sister and their respective partners. On their first night, one of the girls was unconscious by about 9pm, having consumed a bottle of Bacardi before even setting off for the clubs. On the second night, the bloke became ill – his leg swelled up and he appeared to be getting a blood clot (something he had had before). So he set off on a scooter to find a hospital while the rest of his party carried on drinking and clubbing! He ended up staying in hospital for a day or two and none of them even knew where he was – or seemed to care!
Or the two young lads (one of whom had ambitions to be a porn star) who both got so drunk that one of them ended up being taken to hospital – unconscious. Unfortunately no one thought to tell his mate who spent the next day trying to find him! What I found particularly funny, though, was the fact that the camera crew knew which hospital he was at, but didn’t tell his mate and let him spend all day trawling the resort!
The series is certainly an eye-opener into the antics of some people on holiday. Having never been on a Club 18-30 holiday, I can now say I’m quite glad! And if anyone was thinking about becoming a rep, I would suggest you try and watch some of this! It certainly gives an insight into what is expected of reps. There seemed to be a lot of pressure on people to drink as much as possible and stay out partying as late (or early!) as they could. The beach in Faliraki seemed to be fairly redundant, as everyone spent the days recovering from the nights before!
If you are expecting to see anything about the resort, forget it. However, you do get treated to lots of views of the inside of peoples’ hotel rooms and various clubs and bars!
Sadly, this series has just finished on ITV1, although repeats can still be seen on ITV2 at various times (usually late due to the content of the show!) The series is narrated by Lisa I'Anson.