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.
Season 3 premiered on BBC Entertainment on Wednesday 29 October 2008, at 20h30. There are eight episodes in the third season.
Following the departure of Babylon's General Manager, Rebecca, Deputy Manager Charlie (Max Beesley) steps up as Hotel Babylon – a tantalising and seductive insight into the sexy world of the luxury five-star hotel industry – checks in for season three.
Just as driven and ambitious as his predecessor, Charlie is determined to make his mark and ensure the hotel's standards and profits are at an optimum.
However, running a tight ship and hitting targets come at a price and Charlie soon learns that as General Manager his decisions aren't always going to be popular with the Babylon employees.
Inspired by Imogen Edwards-Jones's searing exposé of life behind the scenes of London's luxury hotel industry, Hotel Babylon takes viewers on a journey beyond the glamour and facade of the smiling faces and glittering chandeliers, and into the frenetic, non-stop world of the staff.
Edwards-Jones' book was written with help from an anonymous source – the manager of a five-star central London hotel with many years' experience working in almost all of the capital's luxury hotels.
Checking in for the new season are: John Barrowman, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Megan Dodds, Anita Dobson, Jeremy Sheffield, Alan Davies, Paula Abdul, Nicola Stephenson, Lesley Garrett, Lee Sharpe, Mark Bannerman, Donna Air, James Lance, Don Gilet, Jon Culshaw and Samantha Bond, among others.
As well as the regular cast, Hotel Babylon welcomes new employees Alexandra Moen as PR superwhizz Emily James, who promises to shake things up a bit; and Lee Williams as Charlie's new right-hand man and deputy manager, Jack.
Max Beesley returns as charismatic Charlie Edwards, stepping into the role of General Manager.
He is joined by Dexter Fletcher, who plays concierge Tony; Emma Pierson, who plays foxy head receptionist Anna; Natalie Mendoza, who plays Jackie, the sexy head of housekeeping; Michael Obiora, who plays bitchy receptionist Ben; Martin Marquez as charming head barman Gino; and Ray Coulthard, who plays stiff-upper-lipped food and beverage manager James.
(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