May 1940:- At the Halcyon hotel in London discreet manager Richard Garland turns a blind eye when the promiscuous owner Lord Hamilton smuggles in his flighty mistress Charity Lambert to sit... See full summary »

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May 1940:- At the Halcyon hotel in London discreet manager Richard Garland turns a blind eye when the promiscuous owner Lord Hamilton smuggles in his flighty mistress Charity Lambert to sit in on a secret meeting of the appeasement party. When his wife Lady Hamilton arrives unexpectedly Richard and his receptionist daughter Emma, assisted by housekeeper Lilian and porter Feldman, act quickly to prevent her from catching the couple together. Emma is mutually attracted to RAF pilot Freddie, the Hamiltons' elder son who turns up with researcher brother Toby but Betsey, the out-spoken dance band singer, warns Emma that Freddie is out of her league. At a party for Freddie his father's indiscretions are common knowledge with the staff and Lady Hamilton despite the pair putting up a united front. They are all observed by American journalist Joe O'Hara, whose plan to expose Hamilton's political stance in a broadcast home leads to disaster. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Episode 1
5 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Spurred on by the success of Downton Abbey the search is on for the next replacement so why not add Mr Selfridge to the mix as well.

The Halcyon is an upmarket hotel in London in 1940. Machiavellian manager Richard Garland turns a blind eye when the promiscuous owner of the hotel Lord Hamilton brings his latest mistress (Nazi sympathising) Charity Lambert to sit in on a secret meeting with some appeasers.

The unexpected arrival of Hamilton's wife, Lady Priscilla had the staff in a tizz as they need to make sure she avoids her husband's mistress.

On the strength of the first episode, every thing was broadly drawn but the writing was bad. Two dimensional characters served with ham makes me thing this show is not destined to stick around long.


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