At 9pm tonight on Channel 4, brand new show Hotel GB debuts, which features a host of big name celebs taking over the running of an hotel in an attempt to help the unemployed trainees they’ve hired to staff it find real jobs, and to raise money for charity.
The staff of the hotel have been split into two teams; one is headed by fiery (but fit) TV chef Gordon Ramsay, the other by the equally fiery (but frankly not fit) pro-shopper Mary Portas.
Under their command, the trainees will be expected to work across all aspects of the hotel, from cleaning rooms to serving in the restaurant to tackling guests’ complaints.
Joining Gordon and Mary in the attempt to raise money and land jobs for the trainees will be Gok Wan who runs the Bar and events, Phil Spencer who’s Maitre d’, Dr Christian Jessen who heads up the gym and Kim Woodburn who is the Head of Housekeeping,
Kirstie Allsopp works as the Concierge while the fabulous Katie Piper runs the Spa. And apparently, even Dragons’ Den star Hilary Devey is due to put in an appearance…
Here’s what C4 say of the show…
Welcome to Hotel GB, the first ever hotel staffed by Channel 4’s most well-known and popular faces. For one week only, these Channel 4 stars will take over a hotel and staff it with unemployed people desperate for a break in an attempt to show that hard work and a great attitude are the best way to get on.
From the restaurant, to the rooms, from the functions to the guests, Hotel GB will be slick, exciting and packed full of surprises. For the Channel 4 stars, the challenge is to ensure the Hotel makes as much money for employment charities as possible, and to get their trainees into full-time employment by the end of the week.
Gordon and Mary will throw their teams straight in at the deep end and with all of them relatively new to the job, it is going to be tough. Whether they sink or swim will determine not only the success of their team, but also the trainees’ future.
Each day the Hotel will open its doors to guests that need to be checked in, served food in the restaurant, and entertained in the bar. There will be breakfasts to make, rooms to clean, complaints to manage, requests for the concierge and plenty of surprises.
The professionalism of all the teams will be put to the test – how will they cope if guests aren’t happy with the service? Or if anyone is particularly troublesome and even refuses to pay? With all the hotel’s takings going to unemployment charities, there really is a lot at stake. Which team will come up trumps and raise the most money, Gordon’s or Mary’s?
You can click here to go to Hotel GB’s micro-site on Channel 4 where there’s loads more info.
I can’t wait to see this! Will you be watching? In the meantime, here’s the show’s trailer…