14 June 2013

The Grand Hotel

Missing Downton Abbey? Check out this BBC series from the late 1990s. Set in post-WWI Manchester, beautifully cast and stylized drama surrounds the fates of a family dynasty hotel buffeted by the rapidly changing culture and industrialization of the era. 18 episodes. Stream it on Netflix.
Rebecca Callard as Kate, the absolutely gorgeous hotel maid.
Mark McGann plays the diabolical Marcus Bannerman.
And, Tim Healy gives a solid performance as Jacob Collins, the head porter who sees all, knows all, and rights all wrongs.

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