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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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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Upstairs, Downstairs or Gosford Park w/o the Murder
5 March 2003 | by theprovincesSee all my reviews

There are two DVD box sets to the collection -- the first features eight episodes that introduce you to THE GRAND, the hotel and the owners, brothers John and Marcus Bannerman, and the hard-working staff. The second series features 10 episodes on three DVDs.

This is engaging and entertaining fare, and some of the storyline is repetitive and derivative, but the acting is very good and the sets and costumes are wonderful and convincing. There are some notable episodes that really stand out. One is on the second series and centers on Clive and his experience as deputy.

For the second series, the characters of Ruth and Stephen have been replaced with different actors who give slightly different edges to the characters (Ruth is more unstable rather than cold and stoic, and Stephen is more immature, albeit just as emotional).

There seems to be a consistent message present and that is that sheer luck can take you out of your social stratsophere, and no matter how well meaning or how hard you work, it's not bloody likely that you'll be able to successfully live in the world of another class.


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