Hotel Babylon

Agent Triple P appreciates 5 star hotels, glossy TV and attractive women so is very glad that Hotel Babylon is back for series 2.

When I watched the first series last year I thought it was a sort of BBC answer to Footballers Wives. It was certainly much glossier than most BBC TV drama. Filmed in High Definition with nice lighting. Set in a fictional London 5 Star hotel it features the adventures of an ensemble cast with multiple storylines every week (not disimilar to the old US TV series Arthur Hailey's Hotel in fact). Although it certainly doesn't look much like a 5 star hotel; more like a provincial 4 star business hotel but it is on a BBC budget, I suppose.

In fact I now realise that much of the format and approach is copied from the American show Las Vegas (whilst being considerably cheaper!). The glossy overhead city shots between scenes, the episodes largely set in the one building, the behind the scenes aspects, the stories featuring the misadventures of the guests, the celebrity guest stars, the off-on relationship between the leads etc. Well, nothing wrong with that; it's a good model!

Whilst the original trailers last year promised much in the way of scantily clad women it is actually much milder than Footballers Wives and, indeed, even Las Vegas although they usually do manage to get at least one woman in lingerie into each episode.

Leading lady Tamzin Outhwaite does nothing for me but the two secondary women are far more interesting

Twenty nine year old Natalie Mendoza plays Jackie whose role in the hotel is never quite clear other than to be the leading man's on/off love interest. She was born in Hong Kong of Filipino parentage and has a fetching Australian accent.

A fine looking woman who needs to be pounced on by the likes of FHM in my opinion. This black and white shot shows off her potential nicely.

Emma Pierson plays Anna Thornton-Wilder the bitchy receptionist and there is more than a nod to the Sam Marquez character in Las Vegas in her performance.

She has had several scenes where she is delightfully underdressed (although, sadly not as underdressed as below).
Thankfully, however she has already posed for Loaded.

I think we need more pictures of both these lovely women. Agent Triple P will certainly be making a date on Thursday evenings for the next seven weeks!

Fortunately series 1 is out on DVD in a month's time. Talking of which, Agent DVD will be mightily annoyed that he has missed this (and indeed will miss next week's) episode on account of the fact that he is on a mission to Argentina (or Peru or Chile or some such place). I'd have taped it for him but his technology is now so space age I don't think he can handle lowly VHS tapes.

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