Episode one, by Simon Block
Anna thinks all her Christmases have arrived at once, when highly successful clothing company De Rigeur holds a fashion show at Hotel Babylon to launch their new collection.
Anna's a big fan of the label and quickly ingratiates herself with Duncan, the creative director, in order to get her hands on the collection's star piece – the Astrix dress. Things at De Rigeur, however, aren't as glossy as they seem as Duncan accuses his boss, Price, of using sweatshops in order to keep clothing costs down. When Price refuses to listen to Duncan, he finds himself an unlikely ally in Anna.
Charlie sees Anna in a new light when she shuns her usual materialistic instincts in favour of doing what is morally right, but Price is a powerful man and shows Duncan what he's capable of. Will Charlie and Anna be able to help Duncan and bring down one of the most successful clothing companies of recent times?
Meanwhile, a jury is sequestered to the hotel to consider their verdict. It's a murder trial and the vote of one jury member, Justine, could either see the defendant being found innocent or guilty. She forms a bond with Tony, who is having a hard time – he's turned 40 and his family doesn't seem to care. Tony helps Justine when she is delivered a bung – will she take the money and run or, more importantly, will Tony give up everything and go with her?
Emily James, meanwhile, stays at Hotel Babylon and claims to be a journalist – but she keeps changing the publication she works for and the questions she asks the regular employees are maybe a little too personal. Is she really who she claims to be, or is there an ulterior motive for her enquiries that even Charlie isn't aware of?
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