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

Heartburn Hotel

BBC One sitcom. 13 episodes (2 series), 1998 - 2000. Stars Tim Healy, Clive Russell, Peter Gunn, Zita Sattar, Kim Wall, Ifan Huw Dafydd, Stephen Aintree and others.

Heartburn Hotel

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

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1998 - 2000
Channel
BBC One
Episodes
13   (2 series)
Starring
Tim Healy, Clive Russell, Peter Gunn, Zita Sattar, Kim Wall, Ifan Huw Dafydd, Stephen Aintree, Kaleem Janjua and others
Writers
Steve Glover and John Sullivan
Directors
Tony Dow and Gareth Gwenlan
Producer
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.

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