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24 September 2014
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Adelphi - the series

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BBC series Hotel, following the trials and tribulations of the Adelphi Hotel

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The Adelphi Hotel shot to fame in 1997 when it became the star of our TV screen with the first in an ever lasting conveyer belt of docu-soaps.

The 8 part series documented the trials and trauma of the prestigious Adelphi hotel; from the indoor barbecue which smoked out the banqueting hall to the infamous verbal onslaughts between Chef and Deputy Manager Brian which produced the now famous catch phrase; "Just cook will yer!"

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The cast of the Adelphi catapulted to fame

The phrase was to turn up on T-shirts, tea towels and even in the charts, with the release of Alternative Radio's single, Just Cook Will Yer. The single began life as a joke simply to test out their new sampler and was given to BBC Radio Merseyside, keen to publicise Liverpool's new found Adelphi stars. After a huge success locally, the single was released by an independent record company, and even Eileen Downey, ferocious hotel manager, was said to be pleased.

Eileen was not the only member of staff to be turned into an overnight star. After the success of the single, Rob Fennah of Alternative Radio, was keen to launch Chef David Smith, and Deputy Manager Brian Birchill as a television duo. Fortunately for Ant and Dec, the pair remained loyal to the Adelphi.

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The series commanded an impressive 11 million viewers, and even after being branded the 'real-life' Fawlty Towers, hotel booking increased by 20%, Basil Fawlty, eat your heart out!





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