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  • Actors: Dexter Fletcher, Emma Pierson, Michael Obiora, Martin Marquez, Max Beesley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 13 July 2009
  • Run Time: 470 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MYKZYO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,286 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All eight episodes from the third season of the BBC drama series set in the luxury five-star hotel industry, a place where money not only talks but can buy you just about anything you desire. Behind the 'Staff Only' doors we meet Tony (Dexter Fletcher) the concierge who can get you anything, from anywhere; beautiful receptionist Anna (Emma Pierson) with an eye for a wealthy and eligible guest; Head of Housekeeping Jackie (Natalie Mendoza), whose chambermaids have seen it all; and Charlie (Max Beesley), on the way up but with a shady past that could see him crash down even faster. As self-indulgent rock stars, foreign millionaires, hotel inspectors, long-stay eccentrics, high-class hookers and competition winners fill the luxury suites, these are the staff who drive their rollercoaster of hedonism and excess around the clock - always with the utmost discretion.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jesper W. Rasmussen on 16 Aug. 2009
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Hotel Babylon started out as a stylized, pacey and classy look at the goings on at a five-star hotel. With this season the writers and directors have opted to give the show a more broadly comedic twist, which falls rather flat most of the time. Comedy is really hard and dramedy is even harder because finding the right balance between the dramatic and comedic elements is so difficult. Well, enough lecturing from me - bottom line: It doesn't work. For me. I miss the classiness and (emotional) "reality" of the former seasons and I think the directors need to be a LOT sharper and rein in the performances of both leads and guest performers. Most of the time they're allowed to ham everything up in the extreme. Sharpen up, guys - the show still has great potential.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Clerin on 27 Mar. 2010
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This series suffered heavily from the loss of Rebecca as GM. Alone, she wasn't that strong a character, but she and Charlie worked very well together and had undeniable chemistry. Add to this the fact that promoting Charlie to manager was a very poor decision character-wise. He worked exceptionally well as the put-upon deputy who struggled between being 'mates' with the staff and being management. Bringing in another manager would have been preferable, as so much of Charlie's character was sacrificed / toned down to suit the role.

An additional blow for the show came with Charlie's own departure, clearly planned from the outset as the dulcet tones of Max Beesley were replaced by various cast members doing the show's 'narrative' (making the series take on quite a different tone from the start).

The comedy elements seem to be few and far between this series as well, and it stood great danger of falling into the trap of taking itself too seriously.

Although it remained a very watchable, light-hearted drama, series 3 seemed to have lost much of the charm of the first two series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. W. Ingrouille on 14 Aug. 2009
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If you're familiar with Series 1 and 2 this is going to be a BIG letdown, especially as the series progresses. Tasmin Outhwaite as General Manager has left by the start of this series and with Charlie (Max Beesley) taking over the reigns the important chemistry between the top two is missing. Things go from bad to worse when Charlie leaves half way through the series and is replaced by an unbelievably weak and young new GM to take over at the top.
This means that more and more falls upon the other characters to bring the show to life. As the plots become more and more outlandish, so does their acting, which become increasingly comic - in a really unfunny way.
I loved the first two series. My only hope is that some dignity is restored in Series 4.
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By hypnobear on 3 Jan. 2011
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This was just great - pure, unadulterated nonsense, but such fun! Really enjoyed this series - but it's not for you if you didn't watch/enjoy any of the earlier Babylon series -they get dafter as time goes on, but that's what I love about them!
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By davina on 12 Sept. 2009
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This is the best series so far. The cast is stupendous
Cant wait for Anna to come back and maybe Tamzin popping in like Max Beesley's character. The smoothest transition of management !
Fantastic celebrity appearances.
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By MDG on 12 Nov. 2011
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ENJOYED THE 1ST HOTEL BABYLON SERIES BY ACCIDENT .......... BOUGHT SERIES TWO AND NOW 3 AND 4 ............... STILL ENJOYING. THE 1ST AND 2ND SERIES WAS THE BETTER ONES THOUGH ..........BY SERIES 4 ITS HAD ITS DAY.
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By K. Laidler on 25 Aug. 2009
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Having missed half of this series on the tv, I was made up to find it for a good price so I could catch up with it.

It arrived as new - no problems at all.

Great series!
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