Alfie Moon is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Shane Richie. He made his first appearance on 21 November 2002, left on 25 December 2005, he returned to EastEnders on 21 September 2010, following the return of on-screen wife Kat two episodes previously. Some of the character's more prominent storylines have included: his turbulent relationship with—and marriage to—Kat Slater. Richie and Wallace departed on-screen on 22 May 2015 before returning for a short stint from 26 December 2015 to 25 January 2016, before appearing in the six-part drama spin-off series, Kat & Alfie: Redwater, airing from 14 May 2017 until 18 June 2017. In March 2018, it was announced, he appeared on-screen on 24 and 25 May 2018 and returned again between 15 November 2018 and 22 January 2019. Alfie is ejected from Walford East tube station for fare evasion, causes havoc in the market by getting a refund from Winston for a video he stole and tricking Martin Fowler into giving him free fruit.
After acquainting himself with a few residents, he sneaks into The Queen Victoria public house and helps himself to a drink behind the bar. The landlady, Peggy Mitchell, assumes that Alfie is the new manager sent by an agency. Alfie takes advantage of the misunderstanding to commit identity fraud against Wright. Alfie packs any stock. Jim Branning catches him, but assumes Alfie is throwing away outdated stock and tricks Alfie into giving him a pint on the house. Winston, Ricky Butcher and Sam Mitchell realise that Alfie has told them all different background stories but he manages to reconcile the inconsistent stories. Alfie answers the phone to the real Chris Wright and tells him the position is filled, revealing his intention to stay. Alfie's brother and grandmother arrive unannounced in Albert Square and move into the pub with Alfie, much to his dismay; when Alfie is blackmailed by a former police officer, Dougie Slade, who reveals Alfie's true identity to Peggy and his family are forced to flee with the pub's takings.
However, Alfie leaves the money on Peggy's doorstep. Peggy manages to track him down and after he confides in her about his parents' death, she gives him another chance. Alfie reluctantly accepts her proposal. Alfie shares a bond with barmaid Kat Slater and an attraction develops. Kat reciprocates his feelings and one night when the pub is closed, Kat reveals her feelings to him, they decide to embark on their relationship but his inability to trust her causes her to rethink the romance and she breaks up with Alfie, within less than a week. Alfie is heartbroken. Andy, knowing Alfie's feelings for Kat, warns him to stay away from the wedding. Before the wedding, Kat visits Alfie's grandmother, Nana Moon in hospital, thinking she is asleep, admits she still loves Alfie. Nana tells Alfie and he rushes to the wedding to confess his true feelings as the ceremony takes place. Kat jilts Andy and he swears revenge before leaving Walford. Alfie and Kat get engaged and decide to hold the wedding on Christmas Day, less than a month away.
However, Alfie is still married to Liza. Liza's mother, Marlene tells Alfie that their divorce is finalised, so he starts to prepare the wedding to Kat, until Liza reveals they are not divorced. There are only a few days before the wedding so he tries to finalise the divorce while trying to keep it secret from Kat, though Liza makes it difficult as she wants Alfie to take her back. Alfie is forced to cancel the minister on Christmas Day and he panics, but gets his friend Ray to pretend to be a minister, while planning to tell Kat the truth a few days later. Alfie's brother, Spencer Moon, warns Alfie not to start his marriage with a lie, so Alfie reveals the truth to a furious Kat. Alfie is about to tell the guests that the wedding is cancelled when his solicitor enters with Alfie's decree absolute. Alfie convinces the minister to cancel his Christmas lunch, Alfie and Kat marry. After a while, Alfie borrows several thousand pounds from Andy to bail out Kat's father, arrested for assault. Andy begins demanding cash every week.
Andy's plan to wreck the Moons' marriage starts to work and Andy offers Kat the chance to pay off the debt by spending time with him in bed. She reluctantly agrees and they sleep together, with a reluctant Kat oozing with guilt. Though unknown to her, Alfie has paid Andy the money. Andy gives Alfie a video tape of Kat cheating on Alfie with him, they watch the sex tape together and she reveals the whole story behind her infidelity. When Alfie insults Kat, she slaps him, with him doing the same thing. Afterwards, the couple attempt to put the incident behind the
Titus Andronicus is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593 in collaboration with George Peele. It is thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy and is seen as his attempt to emulate the violent and bloody revenge plays of his contemporaries, which were popular with audiences throughout the 16th century; the play is set during the latter days of the Roman Empire and tells the fictional story of Titus, a general in the Roman army, engaged in a cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths. It is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work, traditionally was one of his least respected plays. In the Victorian era, it was disapproved of because of what was considered to be a distasteful use of graphic violence, but from around the middle of the 20th century its reputation began to improve; the play begins shortly after the death of the Roman emperor, with his two sons and Bassianus, squabbling over who will succeed him. Their conflict seems set to boil over into violence until a tribune, Marcus Andronicus, announces that the people's choice for the new emperor is Marcus's brother, who will shortly return to Rome from a victorious ten-year campaign against the Goths.
Titus subsequently arrives to much fanfare, bearing with him as prisoners the Queen of the Goths, her three sons, Aaron the Moor. Despite Tamora's desperate pleas, Titus sacrifices her eldest son, Alarbus, to avenge the deaths of his own sons during the war. Distraught and her two surviving sons vow to obtain revenge on Titus and his family. Meanwhile, Titus refuses the offer of the throne, arguing that he is not fit to rule and instead supporting the claim of Saturninus, duly elected. Saturninus tells Titus. Titus agrees, although Lavinia is betrothed to Saturninus's brother, who refuses to give her up. Titus's sons tell Titus that Bassianus is in the right under Roman law, but Titus refuses to listen, accusing them all of treason. A scuffle breaks out, during which Titus kills Mutius. Saturninus denounces the Andronici family for their effrontery and shocks Titus by marrying Tamora. Putting into motion her plan for revenge, Tamora advises Saturninus to pardon Bassianus and the Andronici family, which he reluctantly does.
During a royal hunt the following day, Aaron persuades Demetrius and Chiron to kill Bassianus, so they may rape Lavinia. They do so, throwing Bassianus's body into a pit and dragging Lavinia deep into the forest before violently raping her. To keep her from revealing what has happened, they cut off her hands. Meanwhile, Aaron writes a forged letter, which frames Titus's sons Martius and Quintus for the murder of Bassianus. Horrified at the death of his brother, Saturninus arrests Martius and Quintus, sentences them to death; some time Marcus discovers the mutilated Lavinia and takes her to her father, still shocked at the accusations levelled at his sons, upon seeing Lavinia, he is overcome with grief. Aaron visits Titus and falsely tells him that Saturninus will spare Martius and Quintus if either Titus, Marcus, or Titus's remaining son, cuts off one of their hands and sends it to him. Titus has Aaron cut off his left hand and sends it to the emperor but, in return, a messenger brings Titus Martius and Quintus's severed heads, along with Titus's own severed hand.
Desperate for revenge, Titus orders Lucius to flee Rome and raise an army among their former enemy, the Goths. Lavinia writes the names of her attackers in the dirt, using a stick held with her mouth and between her mutilated arms. Meanwhile, Tamora secretly gives birth to a mixed-race child, fathered by Aaron. Aaron kills the nurse to keep the child's race a secret and flees with the baby to save it from Saturninus' inevitable wrath. Thereafter, marching on Rome with an army, captures Aaron and threatens to hang the infant. In order to save the baby, Aaron reveals the entire revenge plot to Lucius. Back in Rome, Titus's behaviour suggests. Convinced of his madness, Tamora and Demetrius approach him, dressed as the spirits of Revenge and Rape. Tamora tells Titus that she will grant him revenge on all of his enemies if he can convince Lucius to postpone the imminent attack on Rome. Titus sends Marcus to invite Lucius to a reconciliatory feast. Revenge offers to invite the Emperor and Tamora as well, is about to leave when Titus insists that Rape and Murder stay with him.
When Tamora is gone, Titus has them restrained, cuts their throats and drains their blood into a basin held by Lavinia. Titus morbidly tells Lavinia that he plans to "play the cook", grind the bones of Demetrius and Chiron into powder, bake their heads; the next day, during the feast at his house, Titus asks Saturninus if a father should kill his daughter when she has been raped. When Saturninus answers that he should, Titus tells Saturninus of the rape; when the Emperor calls for Chiron and Demetrius, Titus reveals that they have been baked in the pie Tamora has just been eating. Titus kills Tamora and is killed by Saturninus, subsequently killed by Lucius to avenge his father's death. Lucius is proclaimed Emperor, he orders that Titus and Lavinia be laid in their family tomb, that Saturninus be given a state burial, that Tamora's body be thrown to the wild beasts outside the city, that Aaron be buried chest-deep and left to die of thirst
John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury
Sir John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, 1st Earl of Waterford, 7th Baron Talbot, KG, known as "Old Talbot", was an English nobleman and a noted military commander during the Hundred Years' War. He was the most renowned in England and most feared in France of the English captains in the last stages of the conflict. Known as a tough and quarrelsome man, Talbot distinguished himself militarily in a time of decline for the English. Called the "English Achilles" and the "Terror of the French", he is lavishly praised in the plays of Shakespeare; the manner of his death, leading a charge against artillery, has come to symbolize the passing of the age of chivalry. He held the subsidiary titles of 10th Baron Strange of Blackmere and 6th Baron Furnivall jure uxoris, he was descended from Richard Talbot, a tenant in 1086 of Walter Giffard at Woburn and Battlesden in Bedfordshire. The Talbot family were vassals of the Giffards in Normandy. Hugh Talbot Richard's son, made a grant to Beaubec Abbey, confirmed by his son Richard Talbot in 1153.
This Richard is listed in 1166 as holding three fees of the Honour of Giffard in Buckinghamshire. He held a fee at Linton in Herefordshire, for which his son Gilbert Talbot obtained a fresh charter in 1190. Gilbert's grandson Gilbert married Gwenlynn Mechyll and sole heiress of the Welsh Prince Rhys Mechyll, whose armorials the Talbots thenceforth assumed in lieu of their own former arms, their son Sir Richard Talbot, who signed the Barons' Letter of 1301, held the manor of Eccleswall in Herefordshire in right of his wife Sarah, sister of William de Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick. In 1331 Richard's son Gilbert Talbot was summoned to Parliament, considered evidence of his baronial status – see Baron Talbot. Gilbert's son Richard married Elizabeth Comyn. John Talbot was born in about 1384 or more around 1387 as second son of Richard Talbot of Goodrich Castle by Ankaret and sole heiress of the 4th Baron Strange of Blackmere, his birthplace was Black Mere Castle near Whitchurch, now a scheduled monument listed as Blakemere Moat, site of the demolished fortified manor house.
His younger brother Richard became Archbishop of Dublin and Lord Chancellor of Ireland: he was one of the most influential Irish statesmen of his time, his brother's most loyal supporter during his troubled years in Ireland. John had an elder brother, heir to their parents' baronies of Talbot and Strange, his father died in 1396 when Talbot was just nine years old, so it was Ankaret's second husband, Thomas Neville, Lord Furnivall, who became the major influence in his early life. The marriage gave the opportunity of a title for her second son, as Neville had no sons, with the title Baron Furnivall going through his eldest daughter Maud, who would become John's first wife, their marriage resulted in John styling himself as 6th Baron Furnivall. Talbot was married before 12 March 1407 to Maud Neville, 6th Baroness Furnivall and heiress of his stepfather Thomas Neville, 5th Baron Furnivall, the son of John Neville, 3rd Baron Neville de Raby, he was summoned to Parliament in her right from 1409.
The couple are thought to have had six children: John Talbot, 2nd Earl of Shrewsbury Thomas Talbot Katherine Talbot married Sir Nicholas Eyton, Sheriff of Shropshire 1440 & 1449. Sir Christopher Talbot Lady Joan Talbot, married James Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley. Ann Bottreaux married John Bottreaux, of Abbot's SalfordIn 1421 by the death of his niece he acquired the Baronies of Talbot and Strange, his first wife, Maud died on 31 May 1422. It has been suggested that she died as an indirect result of giving birth to her daughter Joan, although there is a lack of evidence about Joan's life before her marriage to Lord Berkeley. There is a theory that she was Talbot's daughter-in-law through marriage to Sir Christopher Talbot. On 6 September 1425, he married Lady Margaret Beauchamp, eldest daughter of Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick and Elizabeth de Berkeley in the chapel at Warwick Castle, they had five children: John Talbot, 1st Viscount Lisle Sir Louis Talbot of Penyard Sir Humphrey Talbot, marshal of Calais.
Married Mary, daughter and co-heiress of John Champernoun, no issue. Died at Saint Catherine's Monastery. Lady Eleanor Talbot married to Sir Thomas Butler and mistress to King Edward IV. Lady Elizabeth Talbot, she married 4th Duke of Norfolk. Talbot is known to have had Henry, he may have served in France with his father as it is known that a bastard son of the Earl of Shrewsbury was captured by the Dauphin Louis on 14 August 1443. From 1404 to 1413 he served with his elder brother Gilbert in the Welsh revolt or the rebellion of Owain Glyndŵr. For five years from February 1414 he was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, where he did some fighting, he had a dispute with James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormond and Reginald Grey, 3rd Baron Grey de Ruthyn over the inheritance for the honour of Wexford which he held. Complaints were made against him both for harsh government in Ireland and for violence in Herefordshire, where he was a friend of the Lollard Sir John Oldcastle, for land disputes with retainers of the Earl of Arundel.
The dispute with
Dawn Roma French is a British actress, writer and presenter from Holyhead, Wales. She is best known for starring in and writing for the BBC comedy sketch show French and Saunders with comedy partner Jennifer Saunders and for playing the lead role as Geraldine Granger in the BBC sitcom The Vicar of Dibley. French has been nominated for seven BAFTA TV Awards and won a BAFTA Fellowship with Jennifer Saunders. French was born in Holyhead, to English parents Denys Vernon French and Felicity Roma French, who married in their hometown of Plymouth in 1953, she was educated at the independent St Dunstan's Abbey School. She has Gary, her father served in the Royal Air Force, stationed at RAF Valley. The RAF funded her private education; when her father was stationed at the former RAF Faldingworth, she attended Caistor Grammar School in Caistor, boarding in the school's Lindsey house. She won a debating scholarship that brought her to study at the Spence School in New York. French has claimed that her self-confidence and self-belief stem from her father, who told her how beautiful she was each day.
She stated, "He taught me to value myself. He told me that I was beautiful and the most precious thing in his life." He had a history of severe depression and two suicide attempts but managed to conceal his illness from Dawn and her brother. However, on 11 September 1977 Denys French committed suicide by car exhaust, aged 45, she studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1977, where she met her future comedy partner, Jennifer Saunders. Both came from RAF backgrounds, they had grown up on the same base having had the same best friend, although never meeting. At first, as far as Saunders was concerned, French was a "cocky little upstart". French considered aloof; the comic duo did not like each other as French wanted to become a drama teacher whereas Saunders loathed the idea and thus disliked French for being enthusiastic and confident about the course. French and Saunders shared a flat whilst at college and were influenced to do comedy by their flatmates as part of their projects for college.
After talking in depth for the first time, they came to be friends. While at college she broke up with her fiancé, a former Royal Navy officer. After they graduated, they formed. Saunders has described the act, which involved wearing tampons in their ears, as "cringeworthy"; the manager of the club recalled, "They didn't seem to give a damn. There was no star quality about them at all." French and Saunders came to public attention as members of the Comic Strip, part of the alternative comedy scene in the early 1980s. French has written a best-selling epistolary autobiography, which she has titled Dear Fatty. French was paid a £1.5 million advance for the book, released in 2008. On an appearance on The Paul O'Grady Show on 6 October 2008, French said that "Fatty" is her nickname for Jennifer Saunders, as a joke about her own size. French said that she became great friends with Saunders well before they started working together, "over 30 years ago"; the book consists of letters to the different people.
In 2017 Me. You. A Diary, French's second book, was released. French has had an extensive career on television, debuting on Channel 4's The Comic Strip Presents series in an episode called "Five Go Mad in Dorset" in 1982; each episode presented a self-contained story and, in addition to French and Saunders, showcased Comic Strip performers Peter Richardson, Rik Mayall, Robbie Coltrane and Adrian Edmondson. She wrote two of them. One episode featured a parody of spaghetti westerns and another a black and white film about a hopelessly goofy boy; some of French's first exposure to a wider audience occurred when comedy producer Martin Lewis recorded a Comic Strip record album in 1981 which featured sketches by French & Saunders. The album was released on Springtime!/Island Records in September 1981 and presented French and Jennifer Saunders to an audience outside London. In 1985, French starred with Saunders, Tracey Ullman and Ruby Wax in Girls on Top, which portrayed four eccentric women sharing a flat in London.
French has co-written and starred in her and Saunders' comedy series, French & Saunders, which debuted in 1987. On their show, the duo have spoofed many celebrities such as Madonna, Catherine Zeta-Jones and the Spice Girls, they have parodied films such as The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. After 20 years being on television together, their last sketch series, A Bucket o' French & Saunders, began airing on 8 September 2007. French and Saunders have followed separate careers. During French's time starring in Murder Most Horrid, from 1991 to 1999, she played a different character each week, whether it was the murderer, victim, or both. In 2002, French appeared in the comedy/drama mini-series Alice. In the series, set in the Lake District, French played a tourist information officer who falls in love with an alien, she appeared in the BBC sitcom Wild West, with Catherine Tate, in which she played a woman living in Cornwall, a lesbian, more through lack of choice than any specific natural urge.
This series did not meet with as much success as her earlier roles and it ended in 2004 after two years. French's biggest solo television role to date has been as the title figure in the long running and popular BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley, which Richard Curtis created for her, she starred as a vicar of a small village called Dibley. An audience of 12.3 million watched the final full-len
Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke and broadcast by the BBC from 1973 to 2010. It premiered as an episode of Comedy Playhouse on 4 January 1973, the first series of episodes followed on 12 November 1973. From 1983 to 2010, Alan J. W. Bell produced and directed all episodes of the show; the BBC confirmed on 2 June 2010 that Last of the Summer Wine would no longer be produced and the 31st series would be its last. Subsequently, the final episode was broadcast on 29 August 2010. Since its original release, all 295 episodes, comprising thirty-one series — including the pilot and all films and specials — have been released on DVD. Repeats of the show are broadcast in the UK on Gold and Drama, it is seen in more than twenty-five countries, including various PBS stations in the United States and on VisionTV in Canada. Last of the Summer Wine is the longest-running comedy programme in Britain and the longest-running sitcom in the world. Last of the Summer Wine was set and filmed in and around Holmfirth, West Yorkshire and centred on a trio of old men and their youthful misadventures.
The original trio consisted of Bill Owen as the mischievous and impulsive Compo Simmonite, Peter Sallis as easy-going everyman Norman Clegg, Michael Bates as uptight and arrogant Cyril Blamire. When Bates dropped out due to illness in 1976 after two series, the role of the third man of the trio was filled in various years up to the 30th series by the quirky war veteran Walter "Foggy" Dewhurst, who had two lengthy stints in the series, the eccentric inventor Seymour Utterthwaite, former police officer Herbert "Truly of The Yard" Truelove; the men never seem to grow up, they develop a unique perspective on their eccentric fellow townspeople through their stunts. Although in its early years the series revolved around the exploits of the main trio, with occasional interaction with a few recurring characters, over time the cast grew to include a variety of supporting characters and by years the series was much an ensemble piece; each of these recurring characters contributed their own running jokes and subplots to the show and becoming reluctantly involved in the schemes of the trio, or on occasion having their own, separate storylines.
After the death of Owen in 1999, Compo was replaced at various times by his real-life son, Tom Owen, as unhygienic Tom Simmonite, Keith Clifford as Billy Hardcastle, a man who thought of himself as a descendant of Robin Hood, Brian Murphy as the cheeky-chappy Alvin Smedley. Due to the age of the main cast, a new trio was formed during the 30th series featuring somewhat younger actors, this format was used for the final two installments of the show; this group consisted of Russ Abbot as a former milkman who fancied himself a secret agent, Luther "Hobbo" Hobdyke, Burt Kwouk as the electrical repairman, "Electrical" Entwistle, Murphy as Alvin Smedley. Sallis and Thornton, both past members of the trio, continued in supporting roles alongside the new actors. Although many feel the show's quality declined over the years, Last of the Summer Wine continued to receive large audiences for the BBC and was praised for its positive portrayal of older people and family-friendly humour. Many members of the Royal Family enjoyed the show.
The programme was nominated for numerous awards and won the National Television Award for Most Popular Comedy Programme in 1999. There were twenty-one Christmas specials, three television films and a documentary film about the series. Last of the Summer Wine inspired other adaptations, including a television prequel, several novelisations, stage adaptations. In 1972, Duncan Wood, the BBC's Head of Comedy, watched. Impressed by writer Roy Clarke's ability to inject both comedy and drama into the sitcom, Wood offered Clarke the opportunity to write a sitcom. Clarke nearly turned the job down as he felt that the BBC's idea for a programme about three old men was a dull concept for a half-hour sitcom. Instead, Clarke proposed that the men should all be unmarried, widowed, or divorced and either unemployed or retired, leaving them free to roam around like adolescents in the prime of their lives and uninhibited. Clarke chose the original title, The Last of the Summer Wine, to convey the idea that the characters are not in the autumn of their lives but the summer though it may be "the last of the summer".
BBC producers hated this at first and insisted that it remain a temporary working title, while the cast worried that viewers would forget the name of the show. The working title was changed to The Library Mob, a reference to one of the trio's regular haunts early in the show. Clarke switched back to his original preference shortly before production began, a title, shortened to Last of the Summer Wine after the pilot show; the Last of the Summer Wine premiered as an episode of BBC's Comedy Playhouse on 4 January 1973. The pilot, "Of Funerals and Fish", received enough positive response that a full series was commissioned to be broadcast before the end of the year. Although the initial series did not do well in the ratings, the BBC ordered a second series in 1975; the site for the exterior shots of Last of the Summer Wine was, in part, suggested by television producer Barry Took, familiar with the area. Took had, in the 1950s, toured as a stand-up comic appearing at working men's clubs. One such appearance was at Burnlee Working Men's Club, a club in the small West Yorkshire town of Holmfirth, Took saw Holmfirth's potential as the backdrop of a television show.
Twenty years he returned to Holmfirth, where he filmed an
Hotel Babylon was a British television drama series based on the book of the same name by Imogen Edwards-Jones, that aired from 19 January 2006 to 14 August 2009, produced by independent production company Carnival Films for BBC One. The show followed the lives of workers at a glamorous five-star hotel; the show was cancelled after its fourth series. Nigel Harman as Sam Franklin – the hotel owner. Anna Wilson-Jones as Juliet Miller – the general manager. Dexter Fletcher as Tony Casemore – the head concierge. Martin Marquez as Gino Primirola – the head barman. Ray Coulthard as James Schofield – the food and beverage manager. Alexandra Moen as Emily James – the PR manager. Michael Obiora as Ben Trueman – the acting head receptionist receptionist. Amy Nuttall as Melanie Hughes – the receptionist. Danira Gović as Tanja Mihajlov – the head of housekeeping maid. Tamzin Outhwaite as Rebecca Mitchell – former general manager. Natalie Mendoza as Jackie Clunes – the former head of housekeeping. Lee Williams as Jack Harrison – former general manager, former deputy manager.
Max Beesley as Charlie Edwards – the former general manager, former deputy manager, former head receptionist Emma Pierson as Anna Thornton-Wilton – the former head receptionist. Paul Telfer as Luke Marwood – the former junior concierge. Sam Franklin arrives at the beginning of the fourth series, when London is brought to a halt by terrorist alarms, he becomes involved in affairs when he encourages the staff to open the hotel to as many people as possible, it is revealed that he is the ex-husband of Juliet, overseeing the closure of the hotel. The charismatic, attractive businessman was unsuccessful but due to investments in a Chinese wind farm has now become a multi-millionaire; when a potential deal falls through, he buys the hotel himself, saving it from closure. When he loses everything except the hotel, he becomes involved in management, leading to tensions between himself and his ex-wife. Despite their divorce, they decide to celebrate their wedding anniversary and thereafter renew their sexual relationship.
However, when he discovers that she had had an abortion when he left, they break up, he begins to fall for Emily, the PR manager. Juliet Miller arrived as a bailiff when the hotel was facing closure in the opener of series four, but took the job of general manager when ex-husband Sam bought Babylon, she is described as professional and first rate at her job, Juliet takes no prisoners and has no room for sentiment when livelihoods and millions of pounds are at stake. Juliet has no issue making tough decisions but when it comes to her personal life she is thrown off course when former husband Sam turns up at the hotel. However, the two became friendly together. However, in episode 5, a brief incident involving Meredith Sutton made a rupture in the relationship. Meredith Sutton was a consultant. However, Meredith was Sam's girlfriend and Juliet grew jealous and left Hotel Babylon. Meredith Sutton opted for the job and Sam agreed until he found out a minute that she had tampered with the exercise.
Sam managed to get her to return. Tony Casemore is played by actor Dexter Fletcher, he first appeared in Series 1, Episode 1. Emily James stated; the character is the head concierge but his previous role was Deputy Manager. Casemore has two children, it is revealed in Series 3 that his family are irritated at him for being at work a lot of the time. Casemore takes his work seriously and gets annoyed when Rebecca Mitchell says the word concierge sounds "seedy", he uses his knowledge of London helps the guests anyway he can, in some cases this includes finding prostitutes. Casemore has a good friendship with his fellow workers in particular Anna. Dexter Fletcher said on his character, "Yes he is a good family man and he always tries to make the right decision; the writers are challenging Tony's values this series." "He sacrifices a lot in order to create a comfortable family life at home for his wife and children, there is always that unintentional clash because he does work so hard he never gets to see his family."
"When his daughter Liz turns up at the hotel for an audition a lot of home truths hit him and he is forced to reassess his position both as a father and within the hotel." Gino Primirola is played by actor Martin Marquez. He first appeared in the series in Series 1, Episode 1. Gino has worked at the bar in the hotel for many years. A native of Rome, Italy, he still has a strong Spanish accent, he holds the Barman of the Year Award. He is known as a creative mixologist. James Schofield is played by Ray Coulthard, he is the food and beverage manager, although in series three it was revealed that he is on a permanent diet, after having lost of weight following the advice of a man who stayed at the hotel. From the beginning of the series, James is shown to be somewhat conservative, serving as something of a foil for Gino, who has more of a sympathy for the poor and less fortunate stemming from his own upbringing. In series two, James is shown to have a gambling addiction after selling his BMW car t