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Hotel Babylon 

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At a posh urban hotel, the love lives and whims of its wealthy guests are attended to by hard-working staff who have their own troubles with love.

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Tony Basgallop
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4   3   2   1  
2009   2008   2007   2006  
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Series cast summary:
Dexter Fletcher ...  Tony Casemore / ... 32 episodes, 2006-2009
Martin Marquez Martin Marquez ...  Gino Primirola 32 episodes, 2006-2009
Michael Obiora ...  Ben Trueman 32 episodes, 2006-2009
Raymond Coulthard ...  James Schofield 31 episodes, 2006-2009
Danira Govich ...  Tanya Mihajlov 28 episodes, 2006-2009
Emma Pierson ...  Anna Thornton-Wilton 27 episodes, 2006-2009
Max Beesley ...  Charlie Edwards 22 episodes, 2006-2009
Natalie Mendoza ...  Jackie Clunes 21 episodes, 2006-2008
Billy Burke Billy Burke ...  Porter 21 episodes, 2006-2009
Tamzin Outhwaite ...  Rebecca Mitchell 16 episodes, 2006-2007
Alexandra Moen ...  Emily James 16 episodes, 2008-2009
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At a posh urban hotel, the love lives and whims of its wealthy guests are attended to by hard-working staff who have their own troubles with love.

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hotel manager | concierge | hotel | See All (3) »

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Get a room.

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Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel Babilonia See more »

Filming Locations:

Buckinghamshire, England, UK

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Runtime:

(8 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Besides Hotel Babylon, Emma Pierson and Max Beesley have worked together on Bloodlines (2006) and Talk To Me (2007). Every time they played together, their characters were romantically involved in some way. See more »

Quotes

Nina Bailey: [to a group of prostitutes walking out of the lobby] That's right keep walking! Back to the filthy London gutters you just crawled out of!
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Referenced in Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live: Episode #1.0 (2008) See more »

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Five star Hotel drama somehow becomes a run-of-the-mill formulaic comedy
15 June 2010 | by I_saw_it_happenSee all my reviews

This show went for four seasons. The first season is quite enjoyable. The second is still pretty good, although it wears thin by the end of the season. By the fourth season, the show has become something so distant from it's beginnings that it's not even comparable, and in my opinion is barely watchable. Thus, there's plenty in the first season to draw you in... but it's probably not worth the extended stay, so to speak.

On the show's strengths --- the first season is well acted, has some amusing minor bits with a range of often unusual and often well-nuanced characters, and establishes the Hotel staff as impeccably sophisticated, and committed to remaining morally ambivalent so as to provide the best service for their clientele --- and this is what makes the show compelling; the glitz and the glamor of the Hotel is well-established with excellent sets, and everything in the first season speaks to the connection between class sophistication and discretion; what makes the show really exceed a lot of other shows which take a peek at the luxurious life of the upper class is that the sophistication/discretion theme is shown in it's worst and best lights, and the show as a whole attends a certain 'moral ambivalence' which makes it rather thought-provoking. The audience is shown exactly how much of 'class' is built on artifice, but it also makes the life of luxury look genuinely seductive.

While the writing begins to get notably weaker towards the end of season 2, it's not until Max Beesly's character (Charlie) leaves the show that it gets positively wretched and loses all lustre.

Unfortunately, by the fourth season, the show has lost all tact and elegance; it becomes a show about the blue-collar sensibilities of a sitcom staff amid unreasonably mean-spirited guests who are consistently trying to 'discredit' the Hotel. The writing gets so bad that the shows really aren't comparable. The writers no longer make the luxurious life seem tempting, but rather a filthy indulgence to be seen as a character flaw in the rich. The show also becomes more an attempt at comedy than drama. And sadly, the comedy feels horribly out-of-place; it's a slapstick, rather overacted kind of humor which might work well enough in a show about a wacky motel full of transients --- but it seems oblivious to the foundations of dry wit and subtlety that make the first season work so well. The characters all become caricatures.

All in all, rather a disappointment. Begins as enticing, but ends up being quite commonplace.


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