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Series cast summary:
Paul Warriner Paul Warriner ...  Clive Evans 18 episodes, 1997-1998
Rebecca Callard ...  Kate Morris 18 episodes, 1997-1998
Susan Hampshire ...  Esme Harkness 18 episodes, 1997-1998
Tim Healy ...  Jacob Collins 18 episodes, 1997-1998
Mark McGann ...  Marcus Bannerman 18 episodes, 1997-1998
Maria Mescki Maria Mescki ...  Brenda Potter 17 episodes, 1997-1998
Naomi Radcliffe ...  Lynne Milligan 17 episodes, 1997-1998
Christine Mackie Christine Mackie ...  Mrs. Harvey 16 episodes, 1997-1998
Michael Siberry ...  John Bannerman 12 episodes, 1997-1998
Julia St John Julia St John ...  Sarah Bannerman 12 episodes, 1997-1998
Julia Haworth ...  Lark Rothery 10 episodes, 1998
Ifan Meredith ...  Stephen Bannerman 10 episodes, 1998
Victoria Scarborough ...  Ruth Bannerman 10 episodes, 1998
Camilla Power ...  Adele Bannerman 10 episodes, 1997-1998
Michael Begley Michael Begley ...  Jim Craig 9 episodes, 1998
Stephen Moyer ...  Stephen Bannerman 8 episodes, 1997
Amanda Mealing ...  Ruth Manning 8 episodes, 1997
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At the end of World War I, the Bannerman family re-opens the Grand Hotel after a lengthy closure and a costly re-furbishing. The hotel has been in the family for a long time and John Bannerman and his wife Sarah desperately want to make a go of it. Their son Stephen has returned from the wars without any physical harm but still suffers from the mental anguish of seeing so many of his comrades-in-arms falling on the battlefield. When they learn that their accountant has squandered what little money they had left, they must turn to John's brother Marcus, a successful businessman who has eschewed any interest in the hotel over the years but now seems ready to plunge into the business with both feet. He also has an interest in Sarah. For the most part, the staff take pride in their work and are lead by the Hall Porter, Jacob Collins, who lost his son in the war and by Kate Morris one of the chamber maids who, by force of her own personality, is bound to make an impression on anyone who ... Written by garykmcd

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4 April 1997 (UK) See more »

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Loistohotelli Grand See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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(18 episodes)

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27 October 2012 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

Man, I haven't seen so many cat fights since General Hospital, Days of our Lives, or as the World Turns hit the mid-afternoon time slots and infested American television way back when.

"The Grand" is a series heralding from the mid 90s about the trials and tribulations of a family owned and run hotel in Manchester England circa the first World War. It's a period piece, and full of vibrant female characters and interpersonal conflicts that should appease the most ardent of female viewer-ship. Ostensibly we're looking the social schism of English mid upper society and their servants, and the intrigues that culminate from that rift and intermingling.

Blue bloods and working girls looking for survival, life and love, all the while internecine fighting takes place with the occasional slap, punch, scratch or hair pull after a verbal confrontation conflagrates.

As a guy who, to be honest, welcomes a break from the usual guns and spaceship fare I'm so often exposed to, I do have to admit to getting a little weary of a recycling of themes here. But, when you're aiming for the classic Jane Austen like set (perhaps fast forward 50 or so years), you're going to get a little repetition in the story and thematic departments.

Still, it is a visually attractive, well written, and exceptionally well acted piece of televised theatre. Exceptionally well shot for a TV production (not to mention very well lit, and I rarely say that about any TV show), this is a show to see, if only once.

The themes are adult in nature, so parents with pre-teen girls (or even boys if they're so inclined) might want to screen or caution their young ones as they watch.

Enjoy.


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