Sometimes you just need some trashy television for frivolous watching. Hotel Babylon delivers that in spades. It blends the class struggles of Downton Abbey, the sultry storylines of Melrose Place and a ton of sexy Brits having sex. Despite its risqué subject matter, the show is still pretty lighthearted and down to earth.
The Hotel Babylon is a luxury 5-star hotel in the heart of London. Hotel Manager Rebecca Mitchell (Tamzin Outhwaite) is ballsy and obsessed with the job at the expense of her personal life. She hires Charlie Edwards (Max Beesley) to be her deputy manager. He’s a good old boy who gets along with everyone on staff especially the ladies. Tony (Dexter Fletcher) is the head concierge and expert at dealing with unsavory characters and procuring blacklist items. Each episode, the hotel staff of oddballs and sexpots must deal with drama both inside and outside the hotel while managing the expectations of their high-end clientele. Whether they are getting vengeance on ornery guests, getting involved in the sexcapades of cheating guests, or just having fun, the staff provide hours of entertainment.
The show is the perfect blend of funny, sexy, and scandalous. Each episode has the perfect amount of drama and suspense to keep you watching. Workers in the business of keeping secrets are great at keeping their own. As the show progresses, you want to know more about the inner workings of the unique crew, including stunning social climber receptionist, Anna Thorton-Wilton (Emma Pierson).
Hotel Babylon is shot in a fast and frenetic way. The colors are lush and there are tons of attractive people walking around. It captures some element of luxury and allows for some vicarious wish fulfillment. The cast is amazing. Beesley, best known for his role in Glitter, is great as the deliciously lower class Charlie. There are some pretty great guest stars, including appearances by John Barrowman (Torchwood), Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Paula Abdul and Joan Collins.
This series makes delightfully thoughtless binge watching. For a few hours you can shut off your brain and get caught in the sexy WTF moments and silly storylines of this British soap. All four series of Hotel Babylon are available on Netflix streaming.
British actress Tamzin Outhwaite has filed for divorce from her husband Tom Ellis citing adultery, according to a new U.K. report. The couple announced the separation on 29 August (13) following seven years of marriage.
Now 42-year-old Outhwaite has submitted legal documents to officially end their union, citing adultery as the reason for the split.
The news comes amid reports Doctor Who star Ellis confessed to a one-night stand while he was living in the U.S. earlier this year (13) to make new TV movie Gothica.
A source tells Britain's The Sun, "Tamzin has cited adultery, so she will have a huge advantage when it comes to negotiations. Tom's a reasonable bloke and as it's pretty cut and dried they could be divorced within months."
The couple met through mutual friend James McAvoy in 2005 and wed a year later (06). They have two young daughters, Florence, four, and Marnie Mae, who was born last year (12).
British acting couple Tamzin Outhwaite and Tom Ellis have split after seven years of marriage. The pair announced they had separated on Thursday (29Aug13).
A statement from their representative reads: "Tamzin Outhwaite and Tom Ellis are sad to confirm they have separated. They continue to support each other as parents and will remain friends. They ask for sensitivity at this difficult time."
The couple met through mutual friend James McAvoy in 2005 and wed a year later (06). They have two young daughters, Florence, four, and one-year-old Marnie Mae.
Ellis has starred in Doctor Who and hit U.K. comedy Miranda, while Outhwaite appeared in British soap opera EastEnders.
Little Marnie Mae Ellis arrived earlier this week (begs30Jul12) and her proud dad has taken to Twitter.com to boast about his new bundle of joy.
He wrote, "What a couple of days... Gold medals from everywhere and... oh we had a beautiful baby girl called Marnie Mae Ellis 6lb 5oz of gorgeousness!"
The new arrival comes as Great Britain celebrates a handful of gold medals at the London Olympics - much to proud dad Ellis' joy.
Outhwaite and Ellis are already parents to three-year-old Florence.
The former Eastenders star woke up to find the property had been ransacked and revealed her terror in a series of messages on Twitter.com on Thursday (10May12).
She rages, "To the piece of s**t who broke in & burgled my house while my daughter & I slept & stole my Mac/ iPad /2 Mulberry handbags/purses ... iPod/& personal belongings... Khama (sic) does not have a time limit & neither does CCTV.
"Your Nike trainers tell a thousand messed up stories!!(sic). Don't mess with pregnancy hormones!!"
However, Outhwaite is just thankful she and daughter Florence were unharmed, adding: "We are fine. Just shaken up thank you so much for your concern!"
The 7 Seconds star is now happily married to actor Tom Ellis, but admits she wasn't always so optimistic about life and has faced despair and "dark times".
But Outhwaite reveals she was able to pull out of the slump after turning to others for support.
She tells Good Housekeeping magazine, "Life at the moment couldn't be much better but there have been times and situations in my life when waking up in the morning has not been fun.
"It's no longer a taboo to seek help at dark times, be it from a professional or a friend and I did that when I was younger. It helped me realise what's worth holding on to in life and what you're allowed to let go. Being a little older, having gone through periods I don't want to go back to, means I appreciate life so much more now."
The former Eastenders star, who plays the title character Charity Hope Valentine, was injured during the Tuesday evening show at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket but carried on with the performance.
But the actress was in so much pain the following day she sought doctors' advice - and was forced to miss both of Wednesday's (04Aug10) scheduled shows.
In a series of posts on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "So after falling through some steps on stage last night I thought my ankle was fine... cut to... trying to shower and walk downstairs... ouch!!
"So here I am waiting for an X-ray in case I have a chipped bone. Not allowed to work today. Gutted. Please no! I know I have high pain threshold but this is ridiculous! Walking with a slight limp. Bone not chipped! Just bruised. At home with ice on it."
Outhwaite bounced back to perform on Thursday (05Aug10) - despite still walking with a slight limp.
After the show, she told her online followers, "Limped through the show tonight but a wicked audience kept me going!! Thank you xx."
Woody Allen’s neurotic-speak works wonders coming from a New Yorker but coming from a Brit? Not so much. The British could very well be just as phobic as anyone else but they are also repressed and trying to force the neurosis out just doesn’t ring as true. Nevertheless Allen is bound and determined to film abroad these days and thus once again sets Cassandra's Dream in contemporary London where we meet two brothers struggling to better their lives financially. The more blue-collar Terry (Colin Farrell) has a gambling problem and is in debt up to his eyeballs while enterprising Ian (Ewan McGregor) dreams of leaving his family’s restaurant and moving to California with his newfound love Angela (Hayley Atwell) an ambitious actress. Their only hope is their wealthy uncle Howard (Tom Wilkinson) but the boys quickly find out you can’t get something for nothing. You see Uncle Howard is also in a bit of trouble and he asks his nephews to help him out of his jam--with sinister consequences. First of all Farrell and McGregor look about as related as a dog and cat. Secondly they don't seem at ease in the film partly because their characters are anxious but also partly because they don’t mesh as well with Woody Allen’s sensibilities. Farrell fares a bit better since his natural Irish tendencies towards emotional outbursts fit the character well. His Terry is the one with the conscience and murdering someone just doesn’t sit well with him. McGregor on the other hand plays Ian almost robotically saying the words with as little emotion as possible which doesn’t do Allen’s dialogue any justice. Wilkinson falls under the same category as McGregor but his character is the one most morally challenged so playing it cold sort of works. The women in Cassandra's Dream are fairly wasted including newcomer Atwell as the manipulative actress and Sally Hawkins as Terry’s sweet and concerned girlfriend. Even the boys’ mother played by veteran stage actress Clare Higgins (The Golden Compass) comes off screechy. The cast must have all been thrilled to be in a Woody Allen movie to be sure but it just seems like Allen didn’t get them. Cassandra's Dream suffers from some of the same hang-ups as Match Point. Even though many heralded that 2005 movie as Woody Allen’s return the film had the same problems namely the ill-fitting British cast. At least Match Point had an American Scarlett Johansson whom Allen could pour all his tried-and-true fixations into--the paranoia the obsessiveness and the ultimatums. But Cassandra's Dream really proves that as a filmmaker Allen has become a stick-in-the-mud. He really hasn’t changed his tune in 25 years exploring the same themes over and over again and it’s finally getting old. When his films turn dark it’s usually about how murder can corrupt the soul. Natch. Sometimes the murderers however bothered they are by their deeds get away with it; sometimes they don’t. But rarely does Allen veer from this path making Cassandra's Dream a now very stale rehash of Crimes and Misdemeanors without the benefit of having at the very least some good old-fashioned Allen-styled American-acted neurosis to back it up.