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Christmas at the Riviera (2007)

The assistant manager of a seaside hotel is left to run the building over the Christmas period.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Armstrong ... Miles
Darren Boyd ... Tim
Anna Chancellor ... Diane
Warren Clarke ... Maurice
Pam Ferris ... Avril
Barbara Flynn ... Rita
Sam Kelly ... Dennis
Katherine Parkinson ... Vanessa
Reece Shearsmith ... Ashley
Peter Vaughan ... Glen
Angus Barnett ... Ellis
Cordelia Bugeja Cordelia Bugeja ... Samantha
James Greene ... Hugh Hodges
Rasmus Hardiker ... Luke
Tim Key ... Gary


Tyrannical manger Barry's cardiac condition forces him to hand over the old-fashioned Riviera hotel at Christmastime to his ever-humbled assistant Ashley Dodds, who seizes his changes to try out changes but is reported on by grim ancient bellboy Glen. Prospective Anglican bishop Miles, informed by archdeacon Godfrey clerical his affair with lover Vanessa is going public, fails to appease unfit wife Diane. An inconsolable widower checked in with adult ever-single son Tim to finally come scatter mother's ashes but they face an alternative of her generation. grumpy retired cop Maurice Hunt and wife Rita are stood-up by the guests to his sixtieth birthday. Chef Ellis's bluff to resign is called but cooking with amateur staff he frowned on proves a greater disaster then a candle march over the frozen pond, but sympathies have shifted in Ashley's favor. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

24 December 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Karácsony a Riviérán See more »

Filming Locations:

Buckinghamshire, England, UK See more »

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14 January 2008 | by TheJiveMasterSee all my reviews

Christmas at the Riviera was one of ITV's offerings over the Christmas season for 2007. In recent years, ITV has failed to offer little enjoyment from this type of programming. It is rare for a two hour comedy to sustain your interest and you quickly realise why episodes of other comedy is limited to one hour.

The programme centred about the Riviera, a seaside hotel with faults designed to create some comedy moments. The dis-functionality of the guests was also designed to add more comedy.

In summary, the whole thing was rather weak. The laugh out loud moments were non-existent and the farce which a comedy of this nature should portray was simply lacking.

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