The Grand

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  • 1997
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.5  (685)

The Grand, produced by Granada Television, was a British period drama series that aired on ITV1 from 1997 to 1998. Set in Manchester, the series is set in the luxury hotel called The Grand that was set in the early 1920s. The show centers on the lives of the staff and guests at The Grand, a swanky hotel for the rich and famous. The main characters include John Bannerman (Mark McGann) who is the hotel manager and his wife Sarah (Rebecca Callard) who is the hotel's maid. The show also features the hotel's concierge, Stephen Bannerman (Tim Healy), and the hotel owner, Lady Hamilton (Susan Hampshire).

The episodes follow the staff as they try to keep the guests happy while also dealing with their own personal issues. The show is centered around the theme of class and social status with the perspective of the working class staff having a different viewpoint on the upper class guests.

The Grand has a range of diverse characters that keeps the storyline interesting. There are wealthy and sometimes eccentric guests such as the Duke of Sussex (Donald Sinden) and the flamboyant Madame Vulpes (Carolyn Pickles). There are also the working-class characters who keep the hotel running, like the head porter, Jimmy (Michael Siberry), and the chef, Henri LeClair (Rupert Frazer).

Amidst the various storylines, the show explores the relationships between the guests and the staff, which are often strained due to the hotel's strict social hierarchy. Additionally, the show examines the strict social norms and expectations of the time as the characters deal with love, lust, and loyalty.

The Grand is known for its captivating performances from the cast, including Tim Healy who brings depth to his character Stephen Bannerman, the concierge who is light-hearted and humorous but also insightful and sensitive to those around him. Susan Hampshire's portrayal of Lady Hamilton, the hotel's owner, is also noteworthy for its fierce presence and unwavering determination to maintain the hotel's reputation.

The show's attention to detail and historical accuracy is also noteworthy, with the set design, costumes, and language adding to the show's authenticity. The Grand is a captivating drama series that offers glimpses into the powerful stories and perspectives of the lives of the rich and poor in early 1920s Manchester.

Overall, The Grand is a well-crafted drama series that offers an engaging storyline with an intricate web of diverse characters who keep the story exciting from episode to episode. Although the series is set in the early 1920s, the themes of class, love, and loyalty are still relevant today. The Grand has a range of captivating performances from the cast with Tim Healy, Rebecca Callard, and Susan Hampshire taking center stage. If you're a fan of period dramas that offer more than just flowing dresses and grand ballroom scenes, The Grand is a must-watch.

The Grand is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on April 4, 1997.

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Episode 10
10. Episode 10
April 3, 1998
Stephen meets Kate's parents, but his involvement with the club threatens their relationship. Meanwhile, Marcus suffers a crisis of conscience.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
March 27, 1998
Baby Charles' birth mother forces Ruth to give her a job at The Grand. Then, Mrs. Harvey walks out after Kate's promotion to assistant housekeeper.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
March 20, 1998
As Esme begins planning her business venture with Marcus, a rival attempts to lure her away. Meanwhile, Kate suffers an injury on the job.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
March 13, 1998
With the expected delivery date already past, Ruth escapes to London and demands that Dr. Curzon induce the surrogate mother's labor.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
March 6, 1998
Clive gets a promotion, but his liaison with a guest forces him to acknowledge some painful truths. Meanwhile, Stephen and Christina become engaged.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
February 27, 1998
With Marcus managing the hotel, the staff members begin to worry about their futures. Meanwhile, a mysterious guest creates a stir during her stay.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
February 20, 1998
One of the men who assaulted Monica returns to The Grand, and the staff -- except for sympathetic hall porter Fred Willets -- refuses to serve him.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
February 13, 1998
Ruth faces a crisis and resorts to the black market to resolve it. Meanwhile, Stephen begins dating a beautiful young woman named Christina.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
February 6, 1998
After hiring a former army buddy who mugs a club patron, Stephen must choose between the law and loyalty to his friend.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
January 30, 1998
Isobel Crawford arrives to help care for her granddaughter, Ruth, and quickly becomes a pernicious presence.
Where to Watch The Grand
The Grand is available for streaming on the ITV1 website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Grand on demand at Amazon and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 4, 1997
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (685)