You could’ve been forgiven for thinking that you’d stumbled across an episode of Eastenders last night if you were having a flick through the channels and came across the new series of Hotel Babylon. Not only was the incredibly edible Nigel Harman at front and centre, Syed’s girlfriend Amira – Preeya Kalidas – was there too playing the role of an Indian bride who was meeting her husband-to-be at the hotel.
However, sadly, this was not an Eastenders spin-off; it might have been worth watching if it was…
Having never seen Hotel Babylon before, I tuned in solely because Nigel Harman was going to be in it but alas, even his magnificence wasn’t enough to float this sagging show boat on the sea of TV worthiness. It’s fluff basically. It’s SATC, Ugly Betty type fodder; camp and OTT and utterly unbelievable. Read more & comment »
Hotel Babylon is due to close down and Juliet Miller, nicknamed “The Undertaker” by the gang, has been appointed by management to oversee its demise, as the drama set in a five-star hotel returns for a new series.
In a last-ditch attempt, Tony desperately pitches Babylon to a wealthy Asian businessman, whose daughter is meeting a Bollywood star and her future husband for the first time in an elaborate introduction ceremony at the hotel. However, the deal goes into freefall when Tony refuses to meet his demands. To top it all, a terrorist threat in London brings the city to a standstill and some stranded airline passengers bound for the airport seek refuge in the hotel.
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Nigel Harman and Anna Wilson-Jones join the cast of Hotel Babylon in series four of the hit BBC One show which takes a tantalizing and seductive insight into the sexy world of the luxury five-star hotel industry.
Regular cast members will be joined by Nigel Harman as the hotel’s new charismatic owner, Sam Franklin. His ex-wife and Babylon’s General Manager, Juliet, is played by Anna Wilson-Jones.
When Sam Franklin attempts to check into Hotel Babylon in episode one, little does he know that his ex-wife, Juliet, has been appointed as a trouble-shooter to either shut down or save the hotel. As the day unfolds some disturbing events threaten the hotel’s equilibrium and Sam decides to take matters into his own hands. Several phone calls later and Sam Franklin is the new owner of Hotel Babylon much to his ex-wife’s annoyance.
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Kelly Osbourne has reportedly landed a role in the new series of Hotel Babylon according to The Daily Mirror.
Kelly is said to be playing herself in the show and has already shot the scenes she will be appearing in.
A source told the paper: “Kelly had her own trailer for learning her lines and Ozzy and Sharon even came down to visit her one day for moral support on set.
“As usual on this show, not everything goes to plan when Kelly checks in.”
It lucky that she other projects up her sleeve, as news emerged earlier this week that her Sky One fashion show had gone belly up!
Nigel Harman, best known as sexy Dennis from Eastenders, has signed up for the fourth series of Hotel Babylon.
Nigel will take the role of businessman Sam Franklin in the BBC One drama.
He will take over from Max Beesley on the foruth series which will air in 2009.
A BBC spokesperson said: “The new series promises to be packed with big stories and a dream list of guests. Read more & comment »
Carnival Films has been commissioned to produce a fourth series of Hotel Babylon for BBC One.
Hotel Babylon has been a consistent ratings hit since its debut on BBC One in 2006 and has also been an international success, selling to over 40 territories.
Inspired by Imogen Edwards-Jones’ searing exposé of life behind the scenes of London’s luxury hotel industry, Hotel Babylon looks beyond the glitz and glamour and delves into the frantic lives of the staff and guests.
Gareth Neame, Carnival’s Managing Director, says: “We are delighted that BBC One has recommissioned the show as it is so popular with the audience. It has become a global brand and we look forward to delivering even more exciting and contemporary storylines in season four.” Read more & comment »
The first series of hit BBC drama, Hotel Babylon, is moving to Living TV channel on Monday the 4th of April.
For those that don’t know, the show is based on the book of the same name by Imogen Edwards-Jones and “Anonymous”, and was first shown on BBC One in January 2006.
The two main stars are Max Beesley, and (in series one and two) Tamzin Outhwaite, though there have been some high profile celebrity cameos such as Chris Moyles and Paula Abdul.
Believe it or not I have never actually watched a full episode of this show, I may just start from scratch next month!
Hotel Babylon star, Max Beesley has revealed that he believes his former relationship with Spice Girl, Mel B, seriously damaged his acting career.
He told the Daily Mail: “It just so happened that I fell in love with a particular person at a particular time. It made the front pages wherever we went.
“It wasn’t a particularly nice situation to be in and, as far as I could see, it had no benefits and plenty of disadvantages. It damaged my career 100%.
“I was getting painted with the same celebrity brush as her, and nobody was paying any attention to my work, which was really unfortunate. Everything slowed right down.”
Max so hates (?) the celebrity lifestyle that accompanies being massively famous, he is currently living with his best friend Robbie Williams in his LA mansion!!
Following the departure of Babylon’s General Manager, Rebecca, Deputy Manager Charlie (Max Beesley) steps into her shoes as the hit BBC drama Hotel Babylon – a tantalising and seductive insight into the sexy world of the luxury five-star hotel industry – checks in for a new series.
Just as driven and ambitious as his predecessor, Charlie is determined to make his mark and ensure the hotel’s standards and profits are at an optimum. However, running a tight ship and hitting targets come at a price and Charlie soon learns that as GM his decisions aren’t always going to be popular with the Babylon employees. Read more & comment »
Following the departure of Babylon’s General Manager, Rebecca, Deputy Manager Charlie (Max Beesley) steps up as the hit BBC One drama Hotel Babylon – a tantalising and seductive insight into the sexy world of the luxury five-star hotel industry – checks in for series three.
Just as driven and ambitious as his predecessor, Charlie is determined to make his mark and ensure the hotel’s standards and profits are at an optimum. However, running a tight ship and hitting targets come at a price and Charlie soon learns that as General Manager his decisions aren’t always going to be popular with the Babylon employees.
Inspired by Imogen Edwards-Jones’s searing exposé of life behind the scenes of London’s luxury hotel industry, Hotel Babylon takes viewers on a journey beyond the glamour and facade of the smiling faces and glittering chandeliers, and into the frenetic, non-stop world of the staff. Read more & comment »
I’m A Celebrity love rat, Marc Bannerman has managed to land a small part in BBC One TV show, Hotel Babylon.
The series will return in February and it will be the actors first job since leaving the jungle.
Lee Sharpe, Alan Davies and John Barrowman will also appear.
Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell has managed to talk herself out of a guest role in hit BBC Drama, Hotel Babylon.
The Mirror revealed that Geri has been in talks with BBC producers about a cameo role, but blew her chance as she was demanding a more substanital role in a bid to establish some sort of acting career.
A source revealed:
“She wanted a ‘proper part’, more substantial than the average cameo.
“She is keen to establish herself as an actress but sadly it wasn’t available and she’s ended up with nothing.”