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The Shelbourne

Once again programme makers have been given exclusive access to the front and back of house of Dublin's most iconic hotel. This time we'll be following what it takes to deliver five star luxury over The Shelbourne's busiest time of the year - the autumn and Christmas season.

Over the series the exacting staff find themselves under more pressure to ensure that the standards of service are upheld as the outside of the hotel undergoes a major and disruptive renovation to its façade.


Series 2, Episode 1: Thursday November 5th

The series starts in glamourous style on Ladies Day at the RDS Dublin Horse show. After the competition champagne is flowing at the hotel's No 27 bar as hundreds of the most stylish descend to carry on with the festivities. However, there is a whiff of rivalry in the air as the spectacularly attired compete for a chance to win the hotel's own 'Most Stylish Lady Competition'.

Some of our favourite characters from the first series are back including Executive Chef, Garry Hughes who will be ordering thousands of oysters for hotel's first Oyster Festival, selecting the perfect pumpkins for Halloween and overseeing the creation of the spectacular Christmas gingerbread house.

Series 2, Episode 2: Thursday November 12th

The second in a new six part series filming behind the scenes at the five star Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. This week the Shelbourne launches its very own oyster festival with executive chef Gary eagerly putting together an oyster themed tasting menu. The Irish Rugby squad is in residence for their last game before the Rugby World Cup and the hotel staff say an emotional farewell to team Captain Paul O'Connell who is playing his last home game. Meanwhile a mother and daughter from the US book into the top end Princess Grace suite for 6 nights at a costing a cool €20,000.

Series 2, Episode 3 of 6: Thursday November 19th

This week on The Shelbourne; it's a day to remember for two young newlyweds as they're upgraded to the luxurious Princess Grace suite - and the staff throw in a few special touches. Four young hotel employees compete for just three places on the hotel's management course, and HR Manager Maebh considers bending the hotel's strict grooming rules to find suitable staff for the new hair salon. Will tattoos finally be allowed in the country's most exclusive hotel?

Series 2, Episode 4: Thursday November 26th

This week The Shelbourne receives a design shake up from top interior designer Guy Oliver. In the Grand Ballroom there's a wine tasting event and while the Banqueting team struggle to clean glasses, Nisea the Shelbourne's sommelier takes us through the art of spitting! Doiran gets a room ready for a multimillionaire guest, who like him started as a waiter. And the battle continues between the hotel staff and restoration team as the hammering is now affecting some of the hotels most expensive suites.

Series 2, Episode 6: Thursday December 10th

Christmas has come to the Shelbourne and the staff are getting ready for one of their busiest months of the year. Trees are going into suites and teddy bears into every room, if Doiran and Eamonn can decide where best to put them! Chef Garry and the engineering team build a train set that will run around the Lobby and the pastry team construct a gingerbread village that gets bigger every year. Amongst the festive fun there is a also a brand new hair salon to launch and nervous Christmas recruits begin their first day in service.