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This show is a drama set in a top-end, five star, independent hotel in London. This follows the staff in the hotel and how they deal with the various escapades of the guests that check in. Episodes are an hour long.
There are currently nine main characters in this show:
Sam Franklin (Nigel Harman) - Owner - A charismatic, independent businessman who is a gambling man taking a gamble by investing in Hotel Babylon.
Juliet Miller (Anna Wilson-Jones) - Manger - The ex-wife of Sam she demonstrates chalk and cheese as she is very safe and professional.
Tony Casemore (Dexter Fletcher) - Concierge - A family man who excels at his job, he has been a concierge since he was a boy and meets all the guests needs (some of which are very extravagant and not all legal). He is very street wise and has an interesting past.
Gino Primirola (Martin Marquez) - Head Barman - He is a middle aged, half Italian, half Spanish; kind hearted and has an eye for the ladies. He often falls for the guests.
Ben Trueman (Michael Obiora) - Receptionist - A young, gay man who is very stereo-typically camp and can find himself intimidated and all at see when dealing with the hotel's various guests. A bit of a bimbo.
James Schofield (Ray Coulthard) - Food & Beverage Manager - He is a bit of a snob who loves fine dining and considers himself better than a lot of the hotel's guests.
Emily James (Alexandra Moen) - Head of PR - An a attractive young woman who does her job because she wants to not because she needs to - she is very ambitious.
Tanya Mihajlov (Danira Govic) - Head of Housekeeping - Not a lot to say about this character as she has very little screen time and does not really add anything to the show.
Melanie Hughes (Amy Nuttall) - Receptionist - Newly appointed after cheating her way into the job but Ben becomes fond of her when she cleverly humiliates a guest that has been horrible to him.
Although this is classified as a drama it is halfway between a drama and a sit-com. The guest that check into Hotel Babylon are always somewhat extreme examples including suicide cults, rival professional boxers, sci-fi conventionists and a con man posing as a hotel inspector. The majority of each episode focuses on that week's guests and the staff interaction with them and what goes on behind closed doors. In addition there is a small amount time spent on the staffs back story and continual character development.
There are a number of strong characters which make this show. Dexter Fletcher's character is very smooth, very clever and very humorous (if you liked him in Lock Stock... you'll like him in this). Some of Gino's appeal is similar to that of Manuel in Fawlty Towers: the language barrier and cultural differences are humorous and endearing. Gino's relationship with James is great as it is a love/hate relationship and there is continual bantering between the two. Other than these characters and few good cameos by well known faces this can get a little dry.
In it's fourth series Hotel Babylon has lost some of it's sheen it used to have - this is mainly due to losing a couple of its best characters played by Tamzin Outhwaite, Max Beasley and the brightest star Emma Pierson. Emma played bimbo, gold digging, kind hearted receptionist Anna Thornton-Wilton who unfortunately left at the begging of this series. She made the show worth watching.
Viewers i'm sorry if my short reviews its just that i'm dyslexic and I find it really hard to write these reviews, so please bare with me and my mistakes.
Hotel babylon is an incredible drama to watch its so realistic and so upcoming and modern. This drama is about a 5 star hotel having famous guests over and finding difficulties in their relationships and the staff find it as thier moral duty to sort it out. This drama is really interesting and new and should be watched by anyone who loves a slight hint of comedy at times.
Storylines: these are the best, because they have new storylines everyweek with new guests but the same staff which makes this so interesting, the staff all have different jobs and come against different trouble throughout the programme.
Quality acting: the acting in this drama is really real, with people like Nigel Harman in the show the level of acting also rise which makes it just great to watch and you feel thier emotions whilst watching the programme.
This programme overall is one of the best, I have seen and most interesting in storylines so please do watch.
Hotel Babylon is a television drama based on the book, The Grand Babylon Hotel, by Imogen Edward-Jones and has been on our screens since January 2006 and it's recently started it 4th series.
The show is on BBC 1 at 9:00pm on Friday nights and the 4th series started on 19th June 2009 achieving around 5,000,000 viewers which is pretty standard for the show these days as it is incredibly popular and something that I thoroughly enjoy.
Hotel Babylon is a fictional hotel in Central London that offers five star luxury to it's guests and sees many a famous face (some of these guests are actually real famous people) pass through it's door. The programme follows the members of staff who work in the hotel including receptionists, receptionists, cleaners etc and shows you all the various demands that they have to deal with from the guests in the hotel as well as some of the everyday problems that happen in real life such as drunken encounters with random strangers and unplanned pregnancies etc.
The show is just fantastic and is one that I've watched from the beginning. The staff members are all very well portrayed and it's great to see a little of what helps a hotel to keep running day to day and some of the problems that might be encountered in the current credit crunch.
Some of the stories that occur in Hotel Babylon are very unrealistic but then who really knows what goes on in 5 star hotels from day to day as what the guests see on the surface is very different to what some of the staff see.
I think that the cast are superb and I really enjoy watching the luxurious hotel and some of the events that happen there. I also find that there are some very funny parts in each episode and it always gives me a chuckle or two each episode and I'm really glad that it's on on a Friday night now as it's nice to have a sit down with a nice meal and a glass of wine and laugh the night away and welcome the weekend in with style.
I would definitely recommend Hotel Babylon as it's a fantastic programme with lots of entertainment & an amazing cast as well as the odd visit from a celebrity or two to keep things ticking over nicely.
I am rating this show 4/5 and have knocked off one star because I think that some of the 'celebrities' who visit are just appalling people and it's a shame as they also seem able to pull in some bigger names so I don't see why they bring the tone down with glamour models & 'wags'.
This is not the type of television programme I would normally watch because, judging by the initial trailers, it looked a bit too much like a soap opera and I have never watched one of those. However, because it was just a small batch of episodes, I knew it wasn't going to run and run indefinitely like a soap opera does, so I thought I'd give it a chance.
Although it is slightly less realistic than real life - but then, what programme isn't? - I find it intriguing. I love the atmosphere that is created which I find really draws you into to the various plots. You end up feeling as if you have had personal experience of the Hotel Babylon and that you are on first name terms with the staff.
The characters are wonderful, although I do wish they would stop changing the manager. Charlie, played by Max Beelsey, has been my favourite; he replaced Rebecca, played by Tamzin Outhwaite.
Charlie's right-hand man is Tony, the Concierge, played brilliantly by Dexter Fletcher. Tony is the man to go to if, as a guest, you have any requests, usual or unusual. He can provide more or less anything however dubious and can also be relied upon to save the hotel's reputation should it be at risk - and it often is.
Emma Pierson plays Anna, the head receptionist. She is extremely glamorous and a little bit ruthless and there is not a lot she won't do to elevate her position. Her assistant is Ben, played by Michael Obiora; he is one of my favourite characters - he and Anna are usually vying for the attention of the high-status guests and there is a lot of bickering between the two.
Gino the barman, a temperamental Spaniard played by Martin Marquez, is constantly making up special cocktails for various occasions. He knows most of what is going on with the guests simply because he is on hand when they are drinking.
The snooty restaurant manager is played by Ray Coulthard and is exactly how you would imagine the manager of a hig-class restaurant would be. He is immensely proud of his work and his wine list.
The housekeeper is Jackie, played by Natalie Mendoza, and it's not just the cleanliness of the hotel that she is interested in. She has been known to indulge in a little extra 'activity' in some of the beautifully furnished bedrooms.
Hotel Babylon, sophisticated and elegant on the surface, has a very decadent air - probably caused by all the illicit affairs going on within its walls. There is an Art Deco feel to the architecture and I love the way the hotel's name is displayed above the gateway.
Although I have enjoyed every episode - there is always more than one plot in each one - perhaps the best thing about this programme is the photography which is excellent. The introduction shows London as if you are flying above and around it. The filming is quite fast and London is shown at night giving you the impression that it's the most sophisticated place on earth and that, if you are not there, then you are really missing something.
Hotel Babylon has an almost Hollywood glamour; both staff guests are always impeccably dressed and have upper-class manners and accents yet decadence and sin are never far from the surface.
For pure escapism and tongue-in-cheek humour, Hotel Babylon is perfect viewing.
Hotel Babylon is an interesting insight into the workings of a of a top London hotel. It is a fictional drama series based on the writings of Imogen Edward-Jones and Anonymous. The author has gathered snippets of information from someone with a working knowledge of hotels, and has revealed things that do happen. Naturally, the person has remained anonymous.
It has been aired on ITV since January 2006. It tells of a hotel where only the rich and famous stay. In the first series, the manager of the hotel is Rebecca, played by Tamzin Outhwaite. The character was replaced as manager by Charlie at the end of season 2, played by Max Beesley. Other characters have remained constant throughout the series. The best of these is probably Tony Casemore, played by Dexter Fletcher. Tony is the head concierge, and is the character that knows pretty much everything that goes on in the hotel. Fletcher has shown himself as a good actor in many other programmes and films, and has a perfect niche role here in Tony.
In terms of realism, I have worked in hotels and restaurarants before, and the majority of what you see in the show is actually quite realistic. I was impressed by the show the first time I watched it, and the camera work and direction is spot on. The big thumbs up goes to the casting director for some perfect choices in characterisation, particularly with Max Beesley as Charlie. Each show is an hour long, and the show is reported to be carrying on for a while yet. I hope it does because it is well worth watching. The only drawback is that there are, naturally some unrealistic moments. This is due to a little artistic licence being used in the name of entertainment. Understandable, really.
Based on the behind the scenes activities of the staff and guests in a London 5 star hotel, Hotel Babylon is now in its third successful series. Although it portrays the activities in one particular hotel, the programme Hotel Babylon is based on four prestige hotels in London, and is actually a very good set in Buckinghamshire and does not actually exist itself.
I've watched Hotel Babylon ever since it first started and I wouldn't say that its a great programme however there is something about it that captures me and leaves me tuning in again and again or catching up on TV on Demand. Within this series it see's one less of the characters and Tamzin Outhwaite missing as she has been present within the past two series however its no sad loss and she isn't missed.
The storylines are obviously realistic and portrayed on what goes on in these luxury hotels and have been researched thoroughly to give viewers a good interpretation of the actions of the staff, the misbehaviour of the celebrities and the combination when the staff actually mix with the clients too. Its pretty believeable to be honest as the rich and famous are not saints and you can imagine what happened behind closed doors and when the camera's are not looking.
In previous series, you have actually seen quite a few guest sppearances of various celebrities which are either playing a character or have been given the role of playing themselves. The like's of Chris Moyles, David Walliams and Jennifer Ellison have been featured on previous series however to date in this series, it has seen a lack of celebrity appearance which makes it a little more disappointing.
Charlie Edwards - Max Beasley
Charlie is the Hotel Manager, however we have just seen him resign from his position and make his departure to go and work with one of the clients of the hotel. Charlie has a dark past that occasionally comes back to haunt him. He has had several relationships with various members of the female staff and is a bit of a lad, however professional when it comes to his role. He made his mind to depart when one of the female staff that he had been out with told him that their was no future for them.
Jack Harrison - Lee Williams
Jack was appointed as Deputy Manager at the beginning of the series. From an educated background, Jack find himself out of his depth when Charlie leaves and he is thrown in at the deep end as the new Manager of Hotel Babylon, initially with people disliking him.
Tony Casemore - Dexter Fletcher
Tony is the Concierge and is recognised to be me by his time in Press Gang that I used to watch as a kid. Happy go lucky chappy, always up for a laugh, good friend to everyone. He's a family man however very committed to his job.
Anna Thornton - Emma Pierson
Anna is Head Receptionist and is character that makes me laugh. She is very beautiful and she knows it. A little bit dizzy at times and comes across a little blond. Anna dreams of marrying a wealthy man, she is money orientated and a little crafty. Men have been falling at her feet in this series but what will she choose to do.
Ben Trueman - Michael Obiora
Ben works with Anna on reception. He is gay and comes across very camp, however not afraid to show his sexual tendancies. Anna and Ben work well as a team and are always getting their own back on guests that they don't like or who have looked down their nose at them.
Gino Primirola - Martin Marquez
Gino is the Head Barman of the Hotel, or should I say the only Barman of the hotel. I'm not quite sure of his nationality, I think he may be Italian by his name. With the storyline being a bit far fetched sometimes, I had to laugh this year when his brother was in it for an episode and was introduced as Ginelli. Gino and Ginelli, wasn't that ice cream from years ago? Gino is a very likeable character and is always there for others.
James Schofield - Ray Coulthard
James is the Food and Beverage Manager and loves his role within the Hotel. He knows exactly what his clients want when they return. He comes across as a bit of a fuddy duddy and very protective of his area within the hotel, that protective that is anyone enters, it may leave him in tears.
Jackie Clunes - Natalie Mendoza
Jackie is Head of House Keeping and is another that has recently departed the program, after a man died when trying to attack her, slipped in the bathroom and cracked his head open.
Hotel Babylon is one of them programmes that is watchable and likeable however not really that good. I still tune in though, Tuedays on BBC1 at 9pm.
A riveting and seductive look into the world of the luxury hotel industry. Get a better look past the hotel concierge desk.