Heartburn Hotel. Image shows from L to R: Duggie Strachan (Clive Russell), Harry Springer (Tim Healy). Copyright: BBC.

Heartburn Hotel

BBC One sitcom about a hotel. 13 episodes (2 series), 1998 - 2000. Stars Tim Healy, Clive Russell, Peter Gunn, Zita Sattar and others.

Heartburn Hotel

Sitcom set in Birmingham's grotty Olympic Hotel, run by ex-Army man and Bucks Fizz devotee Harry Springer

1998 - 2000
13   (2 series)
Tim Healy, Clive Russell, Peter Gunn, Zita Sattar, Kim Wall, Ifan Huw Dafydd, Stephen Aintree, Kaleem Janjua and others
Steve Glover and John Sullivan
Tony Dow and Gareth Gwenlan
Gareth Gwenlan

Harry Springer keenly bought up a Birmingham hotel when the newspapers were sure that the city would win the bid to host the 1992 Olympics. When it failed, the ex-Army cook was left with a grotty, run-down and now-Olympic-themed business: its assests include the Torville & Dean Lounge, Fatima Whitbread Grill, and rooms such as the Eddie The Eagle Suite.

His residents are mostly supplied by the DSS and other Government agencies: a guest paying of their own accord is a rare luxury at the Olympic!

Springer's sidekick is Duggie, a socialist-leaning teacher who served with him in the Falklands war. Harry's hapless nephew Simon also ends up staying among the homeless and hopeless who make up the rest of the guests.

Production Details

Production company
Music composed by Graham Jarvis.
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 20th July 1998 on BBC One at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 28th July 2000 on BBC One at 8:20pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes

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