Heartburn Hotel

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Heartburn Hotel
Created bySteve Glover
John Sullivan
StarringTim Healy
Clive Russell
Peter Gunn
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series2
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Running time30 minutes
Original networkBBC One
Picture format720x576 (4:3)
Original release20 July 1998 (1998-07-20) –
28 July 2000 (2000-07-28)

Heartburn Hotel is a British sitcom that ran for two series on BBC One from 1998 to 2000.

The programme concerns the owner-operator and tenants of the Olympic Hotel—an establishment named in anticipation of a successful Olympic bid by the UK. Each series is six episodes long; one special aired in December 1998. Heartburn Hotel was written by John Sullivan and Steve Glover; it starred Tim Healy as the hotel's proprietor.

The first series premiered on BBC One at 10 PM on 20 July 1998. The second series aired from 23 June to 28 July 2000, at a 10:20 PM time slot.


Harry Springer and Duggie Strachan are the main protagonists in the comedy. After both characters were involved in the Falklands conflict they both move back to Birmingham, Harry to own the Olympic Hotel and Duggie to become a teacher. These two characters take opposing viewpoints in almost every matter and although Harry pretends to sympathise with his customers, his views are radically right wing as opposed to Duggie who emphatically empathises due to his own plight brought about by his gambling addiction. The reason Duggie accepts his landlords overbearing boorishness dates back to the Falklands whereupon Harry saved his life, a fact that Harry does not let Duggie forget. Other characters include Baker (Kim Wall).[1]


Series 1
No. Title Writer(s) Director Original air date Prod. order
1"Blood"John Sullivan & Steve GloverTony Dow20 July 1998 (1998-07-20)TBA
Life at Birmingham's Olympic Hotel is as grotty as it has ever been - and then the civil servant nephew of proprietor Harry turns up.
2"Toenails"John Sullivan & Steve GloverTony Dow27 July 1998 (1998-07-27)TBA
Two models turn up at the hotel looking for a room. After recovering from the shock of having paying customers, Harry decides it's time that he and Duggie got back in the saddle, and arranges a romantic evening for the quartet.
3"Frustration"John Sullivan & Steve GloverTony Dow3 August 1998 (1998-08-03)TBA
With Yvonne and Rita on their last day at the Olympic, Harry decides to hold a party in the Torville and Dean Lounge. If only he hadn't sent Debbie home with the key to the bar.
4"War"John Sullivan & Steve GloverTony Dow10 August 1998 (1998-08-10)TBA
When a freshly deposed African Prince arrives at the hotel in search of a room, Harry's insatiable instinct for money gets the better of him.
5"More War"John Sullivan & Steve GloverTony Dow17 August 1998 (1998-08-17)TBA
Harry's preparations for war are coming along at a good pace. Prince Ekoku is concerned about funding the operations, but may be able to offer something to help.
6"Love"John Sullivan & Steve GloverTony Dow24 August 1998 (1998-08-24)TBA
With the Eurovision Song Contest being held in Birmingham, Harry has offered to put up an act in the hotel. But he hadn't bargained on love walking through the door.
Christmas special
No. Title Writer(s) Director Original air date Prod. order
7"BASH"John Sullivan & Steve GloverGareth Gwenlan27 December 1998 (1998-12-27)1
It's Christmas at the Olympic Hotel, and with Duggie set to be away, Harry is desperate to hold a New Year's Eve bash.
Series 2
No. Title Writer(s) Director Original air date Prod. order
1"Guilty"John Sullivan & Steve GloverGareth Gwenlan23 June 2000 (2000-06-23)TBA
When the hotel lift plummets four storeys into the basement with Harry inside, the basement's concrete floor is as shattered as Harry's pelvis. But what Duggie and Simon discover beneath it could prove even more problematic
2"Vows"John Sullivan & Steve GloverGareth Gwenlan30 June 2000 (2000-06-30)TBA
With Susan demanding more than her fair share of Harry's property and what passes for 'wealth', Duggie and Simon are left scratching their heads for a solution.
3"Siege"John Sullivan & Steve GloverGareth Gwenlan7 July 2000 (2000-07-07)TBA
After receiving a string of death threats and other menacing messages, and with Debbie mugged near the hotel, Harry hires a personal bodyguard in the form of old army buddy O'Hare.
4"Hero"John Sullivan & Steve GloverGareth Gwenlan14 July 2000 (2000-07-14)TBA
When Harry tries to tell his war story (with a few artistic liberties) to a local newspaper, the hotel is visited by someone rather unexpected with a few revelations for him and Duggie.
5"Kin"John Sullivan & Steve GloverGareth Gwenlan21 July 2000 (2000-07-21)TBA
Harry's brother pays a visit, and the Scouse git is keen to impress. But Tony has something that's likely to shock even him.
6"Therapy"John Sullivan & Steve GloverGareth Gwenlan28 July 2000 (2000-07-28)TBA
Following a gas leak at a nearby mental hospital, a group of patients are sent to the hotel, along with their incredibly attractive, young, female doctor, who attracts the attention of Harry, Duggie, and Simon.

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  1. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "Heartburn Hotel cast and crew credits - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 18 February 2017.

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