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Hotel Babylon: Complete BBC Series 1 [2006] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Max Beesley, Tamzin Outhwaite, Dexter Fletcher, Emma Pierson, Natalie Mendoza
  • Directors: Alrick Riley
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar. 2007
  • Run Time: 471 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LRYTA4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,399 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All eight episodes from the first 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 glamorous General Manager Rebecca (Tamsin Outhwaite) who is excellent at running a business but can't stop her marriage crumbling; 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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Hotel Babylon isn't the best written show on television. What makes it great is its style and presentation: there's something about the gorgeous sets, photogenic cast and interesting camerawork that made me feel at home from the first episode to the last. Okay, so it may be a long way from the real hotel business, (or the real world generally for that matter,) and the stories may rely more on catchy visuals than serious plots, but Hotel Babylon wraps the viewer in a cosy stylish cocoon, and I can quite happily live with that. Isn't that what a good hotel does?
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Almost without substance, this very more-ish dramatic confection is crafted for night-time British television with all the finesse which, as with the work of the finest French pattisseur, produces a deliciously indulgent, and wholly irresistible, guilty pleasure. The chief delight is to be had from a supremely smooth and glamorous surface, and a light froth of drama that tickles but vanishes with no regrets. It is something you will sit down to after the heavier dishes of the day; it requires no chewing over, and is not oppressively heavy to digest at the end of a week already stuffed with offerings that can too often lie like lead on our jaded system, and leave a distinctly sour aftertaste. The BBC's wonderfully light yet deceptively expert touch has whipped lashings of air-time into this very superior souffle. This is how entertaining should be done!
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I watched the entire series from its orriginal air and loved it. Personally, i think the idea wasso frsh, yes there have been so many hotel comedys/dramas/dramedeys, etc, but only set in lower class hotels. To see the scandals, many of which based on truth, in a 5* london hotel. the camera is brilliant, plus the links of accelerated shots of london is brilliant. the hotel always looks immaculate and the set is so convincing, if only it were real!!
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Hugely entertaining, another of those unique offerings like Cutting It that aren't easy to categorise and some people will inevitably call sleazy or superficial - yet really it's neither because the lowdown is said to be based on truth, ditto in the equally rivetting book of the same title that this TV series is based on. As an enthusiast for Arnold Bennett's fine old books about hotels, Imperial Palace and Grand Babylon Hotel, I was immediately tempted to watch this TV series if only out of curiosity, and am delighted I did. Rather different to Bennett but equally fascinating! Intensely more-ish so thank goodness there is another series to come next year. Highly recommended.
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Series 1 is easily the best series, given its novelty value and since it was the only one that starred Tamzin Outhwaite, although it can be argued that the real star of the show here, and in future series is Max Beasley. As this is set in a hotel, each series provides plenty of opportunities for new and fresh storylines for each episode, given the constant arrival of new guests. I would definitely recommend the Blu Ray version as everything is that much sharper in this 5 star world of luxury!
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By Mikey TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Sept. 2014
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A thoroughly enjoyable series which is pretty over the top but fairly charming too. It's easy to see why this series went on for several more series and then lost viewers following the departure of it's main star Max Beesley.
You can't go wrong with this set.
Enjoy!
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IM FROM CANADA NEVER HEARD OF THIS BUT IT WAS ON SALE SO I BLIND GOT IT SO HAPPY I DID IT WAS LIKE 16$ USD SHIPED AND IT PLAYS FINE IN PS3 IN CANADA AND USA
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If you have caught some of the episodes of later series on the TV you won't be disappointed to see how it all began. I would highly recommend it!
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