Iâve often started a sentence with the words âIâd like to gather up Gordon Ramsay, Paddy McGuinness and Mary Portas and put them all in aâ¦â? but Iâve never ended it with âhotelâ?. Still, with the public tiring of jungle, house and kitchen, this is a fine addition to the ‘Gather Up Celebrities and Put Them Somewhere’ genre.
For the rest of the cast, Channel 4 have taken a list of (very) available celebrities and a list of jobs that you do in a hotel and matched them up the best they can. Inevitably some of them donât really fit. Property guru Phil Spence, looking lost and disorientated, is inexplicably the maÃ®tre dâhÃ´tel, and Embarrassing Bodies host and embarrassing face owner Dr Christian, for vaguely discernible reasons, is on hand in the gym. He seems charming enough, even though this does break my cardinal rule of never trusting a doctor who goes by his Christian name, especially if his Christian name is Christian.
The glorious Kim Woodburn, star of How Clean Is Your House, steals the show though, mustering more authority with a single swipe of her bog brush than Gordon Ramsay could with a whole truckload of fucks (incidentally not a bad description of the guests in the top suite). Of course, itâs all probably staged, but nobody cares! Are any of them real guests? Nobody cares!
And thatâs the best thing about this show: almost no effort is made to maintain the faÃ§ade that theyâre running a real hotel or picking the best candidates, which is great, because if I want to see a hotel reasonably well-run Iâll just go sit in a Travelodge.
The interviews too are farcical with applicants given the old job interview standards: âwhy do you want to work here?â, âWhere do you want to be in five years?â and âWould you give Gordon Ramsay a back, sack and crack?â In fact, a huge amount of the episode seems to revolve around whether Ramsay should have his sack waxed, which whilst mildly amusing seems a bit unnecessary given that it is probably at least three times as wrinkly as his face, and therefore probably has a similar surface area to the moon.
But when theyâre not talking about Ramsayâs testicles, this show is loads of fun. In fact, I love it: itâs completely ridiculous and completely full of people who normally expect an hour of T.V. to themselves. When thatâs the case, everyone raises their game.