is a British sitcom
which ran for two series, with thirteen episodes, on BBC television
in 1998 - 2000, each series was 6 episodes long and one special was aired in December 1998. The series was both produced and distributed by the BBC and shown nationwide during its airing.
The programme is set in the Olympic Hotel
, pre-named on the hope of the successful bid for the UK to host the 1992 Olympic Games
. The series centres on the owner and the regular occupants to the hotel.
The show was written by John Sullivan
and starred Tim Healy
The original transmission dates for the first series were from the 20 July until the 24 August 1998 in the timeslot of 10pm on BBC1.The second series was from the 23 June until the 28 July 2000 in the later time slot of 10:20pm.
Harry Springer and Duggie Strachan are the main protagonists in the comedy. After both characters were involved in the Falklands conflict
they both move back to Birmingham
, Harry to own the Olympic Hotel and Duggie to become a teacher.These two characters take opposing viewpoints in almost every matter and although Harry pretends to sympathise with his customers, his views are radically right wing as opposed to Duggie who emphatically empathises due to his own plight brought about by his gambling addiction. The reason Duggie accepts his landlords overbearing boorishness dates back to the Falklands whereupon Harry saved his life, a fact that Harry does not let Duggie......