The Hotel (UK TV series)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from The Hotel (TV series))
Jump to: navigation, search
The Hotel
Genre Documentary
Starring Mark Jenkins (2012—)
Narrated by Hugh Bonneville
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 33
Production
Executive producer(s) Simon Dickson
Producer(s) Dragonfly Film and Television Productions (part of Shine Group)
Location(s) United Kingdom
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Release
Original network Channel 4
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 17 April 2011 (2011-04-17) – present
Chronology
Related shows Hotel GB
Website

The Hotel is a fly-on-the-wall British television documentary series which has run for four series consisting of 33 episodes. It is produced by Dragonfly Film and Television Productions and has been broadcast on Channel 4 since 17 April 2011.

Format[edit]

Unlike Hotel, a 1997 BBC docu-soap that offered similar backstage access to the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool, the series is filmed using fixed cameras positioned in several locations around the complex rather than using a camera crew.[1]

The second and third series of the show were broadcast in the 8pm slot on Sundays on Channel 4, and featured the same hotel, The Grosvenor Hotel in Torquay run by Mark Jenkins.

On 25 May 2014 it was confirmed the show had been commissioned for a fourth series at The Grosvenor's rival hotel, The Cavendish. Mark Jenkins appears in the show as Entertainment Manager; he worked at The Cavendish for five weeks throughout the summer of 2014. The fourth series began airing on 28 December 2014 on Channel 4 in the 8pm slot. The final episode in the series, on 15 February 2015, however, aired in the 7pm slot.[2]

Transmission and production[edit]

Series 1 consisting of eight episodes, was filmed at the Damson Dene Hotel in the Lake District over five weeks in the summer of 2010.[3] It was first broadcast in 2011.[4] The second series was filmed at the Grosvenor Hotel in Torquay, owned by manager Mark Jenkins.[5] The second series ran from Sunday 1 January 2012 and aired until 26 February 2012 with 8 episodes and The Hotel at Christmas episode. Due to the popularity of the second series, a third series, also filmed at the Grosvenor Hotel, began on 30 December 2012 and also consisted of 8 episodes. These episodes were filmed throughout the summer of 2012 and as featured in the last episode of the third series, Mark Jenkins sold The Grosvenor to the Richardson Hotel Group. No jobs were lost in the sale.

In May 2014, a fourth series was commissioned by Channel 4. This was filmed in The Cavendish Hotel in Torquay throughout July and August 2014 and saw Mark Jenkins being employed by The Cavendish for five weeks throughout the summer season as their new entertainments manager. The series of eight episodes commenced on 28 December 2014 and concluded on 15 February 2015.

Episodes[edit]

Transmissions[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
1 8 17 April 2011 5 June 2011
2 9 1 January 2012 26 February 2012
3 8 30 December 2012 17 February 2013
4 8 28 December 2014 15 February 2015

Series 1 (2011)[edit]

Series One consisted of eight episodes and was set at The Damsen Dene Hotel in the Lake District.
Viewing figures are from BARB.

Episode No. Episode [6] Airdate Viewing Figures [7] Channel 4 Weekly Ranking
1 The Proposal 17 April 2011 (2011-04-17) 2,257,000 1
2 The Wedding 24 April 2011 (2011-04-24) 1,817,000 5
3 Kids Eat Free 1 May 2011 (2011-05-01) 1,872,000 8
4 Bedlam and Breakfast 8 May 2011 (2011-05-08) 2,129,000 3
5 There's a Fly in My Soup 15 May 2011 (2011-05-15) 1,981,000 4
6 Do Not Disturb 22 May 2011 (2011-05-22) 2,127,000 5
7 Pillow Talk 29 May 2011 (2011-05-29) 1,340,000 22
8 Damson in Distress 5 June 2011 (2011-06-05) 1,905,000 4

Series 2 (2012)[edit]

Series Two consisted of nine episodes and was set at The Grosvenor Hotel in Torquay.
Viewing figures are from BARB.

Episode No.[8] Airdate Viewing Figures [7] Channel 4 Weekly Ranking
1 1 January 2012 (2012-01-01) 2,205,000 3
2 8 January 2012 (2012-01-08) 1,680,000 21
3 15 January 2012 (2012-01-15) 1,540,000 22
4 22 January 2012 (2012-01-22) 1,580,000 23
5 29 January 2012 (2012-01-29) Under 1,400,000 Outside top 30
6 5 February 2012 (2012-02-05) Under 1,530,000 Outside top 30
7 12 February 2012 (2012-02-12) 1,500,000 26
8 19 February 2012 (2012-02-19) 1,791,000 9
9* 26 February 2012 (2012-02-26) 1,685,000 7
  • Episode 9 was a Christmas themed episode entitled The Hotel at Christmas.

Series 3 (2012–2013)[edit]

Series Three was announced after the success of Series Two earlier in 2012, it was filmed again at The Grosvenor Hotel in Torquay. It saw the owner, Mark Jenkins selling the hotel to The Richardson Group at the end of the series. It was an eight episode series.
Viewing figures are from BARB.

Episode
No.[9]
Airdate Viewing
Figures [7]
Channel 4
Weekly
Ranking
Summary
1 30 December 2012 2,479,000 5 Another summer season has started at The Grosvenor in Torquay. Mark decides to make new ways forward for the hotel by attracting posher guests through the aid of special events. Reservations manager is not convinced but is soon swept along in his maverick mission.
2 6 January 2013 2,551,000 3 As Mark tries to bring the hotel upmarket he decides to invite a former AA Chief Hotel Inspector. With the hotel inspectors high standards and The Grosvenor currently failing on all accounts; the inspector couldn't have chosen a worse time to visit.
3 13 January 2013 2,473,000 6 Mark plans to launch a new 5-star breakfast, with his investment on a new gourmet sausage as the main attraction. Meanwhile, a stag party from Bristol are checking into the hotel.
4 20 January 2013 2,260,000 5 Mark and events manager Christian are still on the hunt for the strippers, for the hotels event of the season – Ladies' Night. Meanwhile, the former hotel inspector returns to check on the efforts to upgrade the hotel.
5 27 January 2013 1,993,000 5 Mark attempts to broaden The Grosvenor's horizons and attract new guests with an Indian themed night, with Indian singing and an Indian feast. Meanwhile, the hotel has some important guests, Indian millionaire Gulu and his daughter Dibna.
6 3 February 2013 1,967,000 5 Mark decides to get tougher on his staff management, and informs events manager Christian that it is about time that he has to become more cost-conscious. Tensions begin to rise when Mark finds out that Christian has made the decision to give the wedding couple the two most expensive things on the menu: duck a l'orange and pink Cava. Mark finally decides to take decisive action and asks to talk to Christian, but their meeting takes an unexpected turn.
7 10 February 2013 2,026,000 6 Mark has come to the decision that he is going to sell the hotel. Meanwhile, the reservations manager Alison's favourite family, the Fountains, make a return visit.
8 17 February 2013 2,073,000 5 Although Mark has put the hotel up for sale, the doors are still open and the staff still have their jobs, but Mark is looking for a buyer before the summer comes to an end. Meanwhile, Mark asks reservations manager Alison to step into his shoes and run the hotel. Alison is far from convinced but agrees to do it 'on a trial basis'.

Series 4 (2014–2015)[edit]

The fourth series of The Hotel began airing on 28 December 2014 on Channel 4.[2] It sees Mark Jenkins, former owner of The Grosvenor Hotel, becoming an entertainment manager for The Cavendish Hotel for one summer season; located opposite The Grosvenor, a few metres down the road.
Viewing figures are from BARB.

Episode No.[10] Airdate Viewing Figures [7] Channel 4 Weekly Ranking Viewing Figures (28 Days) [7]
1 28 December 2014 (2014-12-28) 2,065,000 5 2,100,000
2 4 January 2015 (2015-01-04) 2,015,000 5 2,031,000
3 11 January 2015 (2015-01-11) 1,835,000 8 1,919,000
4 18 January 2015 (2015-01-18) 1,730,000 11 1,770,000
5 25 January 2015 (2015-01-25) 1,496,000 10 1,550,000
6 1 February 2015 (2015-02-01) 1,536,000 10 1,620,000
7 8 February 2015 (2015-02-08) 1,563,000 10 1,610,000
8 15 February 2015 (2015-02-15) 1,535,000 10 1,600,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sutcliffe, Tom (18 April 2011). "The Weekend's TV - The Hotel, Sun, Channel 4 The Secrets of Scott's Hut". The Independent. 
  2. ^ a b "Mark Jenkins and The Hotel return to our TV screens this week". 23 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Dowell, Ben (6 December 2010). "Channel 4 beds in for hotel docusoap". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ Frost, Vicky (10 May 2011). "Have you been watching … The Hotel?". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ Sutcliffe, Tom (30 January 2012). "The Weekend's Viewing - The Hotel, Sun, Channel 4 Call the Midwife, Sun, BBC1". The Independent. 
  6. ^ "The Hotel". Channel 4. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Weekly top 10 programmes". Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Hotel". Channel 4. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "The Hotel". Channel 4. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "The Hotel". Channel 4. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 

External links[edit]