Category: TV Drama
and debauchery - a tantalizing insight into the world of the ultimate
service industry in an exciting new drama series for BBC ONE
Tamzin Outhwaite and Max Beesley
star in Hotel Babylon,
a tantalizing and seductive insight into the sexy world of the luxury
five-star hotel industry, where money not only talks but can buy just
about anything you desire!
The eight-part series from independent production company
Carnival Films for BBC ONE begins filming in July.
Based on Imogen Edwards-Jones'
searing expose of life behind the scenes of the luxury hotel industry
in London, Hotel Babylon takes us on a journey beyond the glamour and
façade of the smiling faces and glittering chandeliers and into the
frenetic, non-stop world of the staff.
Outhwaite plays Rebecca, the hotel's driven and ambitious
General Manager who is determined to keep the profit margins more than
above average. But is work taking its toll on her private life?
Beesley plays Head Receptionist Charlie, who introduces
us to the world of Hotel Babylon - a world where, for a night, you can
be who you want to be. Charlie himself has secrets and ambitions and
when he applies for the job of Deputy Manager he finds stiff competition
in the shape of the minxy Anna (Emma Pierson).
Other characters in the hotel include Tony (Dexter
Fletcher) the colourful and discreet concierge; Gino (Martin
Marquez), the flamboyant Head Barman; Receptionist Ben (Michael
Obiora), always on the look out for the latest boy-band checking
in; and Jackie (Natalie Mendoza), the straight-talking,
gorgeous Head of Housekeeping.
Gareth Neame, Executive Producer in his first production
at Carnival films since leaving the BBC (where he was Head of Drama
Commissioning) and becoming the company's Managing Director, says; "Imogen
really tapped into something timely and exciting in her book exposing
the goings-on in front of and behind the scenes in a London five-star
hotel, and this series - with sharp writing and an impressive young
cast - will have a similar impact on BBC ONE and lift the curtain on
a very new workplace for the audience."
Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning,
says, "The characters in Hotel Babylon are sexy and engaging, and the
concept really original.
"My ambition is that it strikes another fresh,
contemporary note for the BBC ONE audience."
The series is written by Tony Basgallop
To the Ends of the Earth), Howard Overman
Wootliff (Us 4) and Toby Whithouse (No Angels).
It is produced by Christopher Aird (Spooks,
and the opening episodes are directed by Alrick Riley
The Executive Producers are Gareth Neame, and Laura Mackie and Lucy
Richer of the BBC.