Last night saw the inaugural episode of Channel 4’s latest reality juggernaut, Hotel GB – a mish-mash of the station’s famous faces drafted in to “do their bit” for unemployment. The premise is mildly baffling. Handpick nine celebs to run a London hotel, put them in charge of a team of raw recruits, train said guinea pigs up in next-to-no time and, if they perform well, offer them a long-desired job at the end of a week. Put simply – the world’s toughest job interview.
But when you get the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Gok Wan, Mary Portas and Kim Woodburn together for an hour and 40 minutes of concentrated footage, you are guaranteed to elicit an opinionated response – and what better forum than Twitter?
First up is TV presenter Tim Lovejoy, whose Twitter bombardment suggests he made an appearance last night in Channel 4’s palatial residence. The reviews were mixed: first this…
Head of housekeeping Kim Woodburn prompted an aghast reaction from tweeters when she climbed atop hotel manager of health and wellbeing, Dr Christian Jessen. Jenny Dixon wondered whether Channel 4 had lost the plot…
Lord, awful cleaning lady has just mounted that tv doctor! Does @c4hotelgb plan on ending with world’s 1st televised employment tribunal?
Any fans eagerly awaiting the appearance of Britain’s number one tennis player were bitterly disappointed. Instead we had Gok Wan – expert in assessing the nation’s fat bulges and knocking together tasty dishes, but could he be trusted behind the Hotel GB bar? His “goktails” generated a degree of Twitter excitement…
But amidst the deluge of criticism emerged Katie Piper – the model and former beautician who suffered permanent scarring from an acid attack. The appointed head of the hotel spa inspired a wave of Twitter goodwill, including Andrew Breading’s offering:
Katie Piper is a true role model and someone to genuinely aspire to be like. #hotelGB
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