Hotel Babylon is a television drama series based on the book of the same name by Imogen Edwards-Jones and produced by Carnival Films which follows the lives of workers at a glamorous five-star hotel, where only the richest and most famous stay.
The series aired in the UK on BBC One from 19 January, 2006 to 14 August, 2009. There are 32 hour-long episodes in four seasons. The show was not renewed for a fifth season.
Hotel Babylon premiered in South Africa on DStv's BBC Prime (now BBC Entertainment) channel on Monday 8 October 2007, at 20h30. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Tamzin Outhwaite and Max Beesley star in Hotel Babylon, a tantalising 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.
Based on Imogen Edwards-Jones' searing exposé 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 Mitchell, the hotel's driven and ambitious General Manager who is determined to keep the profit margins more than above average.
Running a tight ship ensures that guests and staff are rewarded. But is work taking its toll on her private life? Head Receptionist Charlie begins to wonder when he suspects Rebecca may actually be living in the hotel and not at home with her husband.
Beesley plays Charlie Edwards, who introduces us to the world of Hotel Babylon – a world of fantasy and indulgence; a world where you can be who you want to be as long as you have the money to pay for it... and know who to ask.
But Charlie has ambitions and when he applies for the job of Deputy Manager he finds stiff competition in the shape of the gorgeous Anna (Emma Pierson), who is desperate to move from a rival hotel.
Other characters in the hotel include Tony (Dexter Fletcher) the colourful and discreet concierge. A good concierge is like a magician - he can organise the best seats to the hottest show in town at the last minute and will take care of any personal crises that happen along the way - ultimately ensuring your visit to Hotel Babylon is as shiny as your credit card.
Gino (Martin Marquez) is the flamboyant Head Barman. The bar is his baby and he will stay open all night if it means selling his beloved brandy, not to mention his precious stash of Cuban cigars.
Receptionist Ben (Michael Obiora), always on the lookout for the latest boy band checking in, and Jackie (Natalie Mendoza), the straight-talking, stunning Head of Housekeeping who has to deal with the mornings after the night before, make up the rest of the front of house team.
(All seasons aired exclusively on BBC Prime/BBC Entertainment. There are eight episodes per season.)
Premiere: 8 October 2007 | Finale: 26 November 2007 | Mondays, 20h30
Premiere: 3 September 2008 | Finale: 22 October 2008 | Wednesdays, 20h30
Premiere: 29 October 2008 | Finale: 17 December 2008 | Wednesdays, 20h30
Premiere: 9 March 2010 | Finale: 27 April 2010 | Tuesdays, 20h30