Posted in News on 13 February, 2019

BBC One has commissioned Spun Gold to make a new show set in a unique Liverpool hotel which caters for large groups of visitors out to have fun.

A Very Northern Hotel will go through the lobby and down the corridors to reveal the secret life of one of the most popular places to stay in Liverpool – The Shankly Hotel. Like other big hotels, it caters for a huge diversity of guests – from couples enjoying romantic breaks, to weddings and family getaways. But what makes The Shankly unique is its party rooms on the top floor. Dedicated to large groups of young fun-loving friends, the enormous, individually-themed communal rooms sleep up to 24 guests in multiple beds, alongside dancefloors, bars, hot tubs and even a swimming pool.

But managing these big groups isn’t without its challenges. On the same weekend, the hotel may host a giant family wedding, a riotous hen-do, an elderly couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and a hi-energy baby-shower. A Very Northern Hotel follows the staff and new General Manager as they try to cater for every request but attempt to ensure the guests don’t collide and spoil each other’s special occasions.

Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries, says: “We hope this film set in the Shankly Hotel will tell us something about aspiration in Britain today, by looking at how families from every walk of life choose to celebrate and mark the biggest events of their lives.”

Daniela Neumann, MD of Spun Gold says: “A Very Northern Hotel is a warm, funny documentary that provides a unique snapshot of modern Britain, revealing guests’ hopes, fears and aspirations as they mark watershed moments.”

A Very Northern Hotel is a Spun Gold production for BBC One. The executive producer is Bridget Boseley. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, Content and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries. The commissioning editor is Emily Smith. It is being distributed internationally by all3media International.

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