Series 8 - Milton Lodge, Dorset

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Alex visits a hotel in Dorset which has seen a steadily declining occupancy rate. Could the answer to the hotel’s problems lie in a spirited assistant?

The beautiful Milton Lodge is set in six acres of Dorset countryside, and comes complete with stables, an outdoor pool and even its own cricket pitch. It also comes with an owner whose collections of knickknacks are liberally littered around the hotel and its ten bedrooms.

The owner and his wife have lived in the lodge for over 20 years and consider it their home. But having decided to close the door on letting the whole place out for money-spinning functions, they have seen their income dwindle. They are now worried about how the house will support them in the future.

Alex feels that modernising the hotel is the only option if they are going to attract more visitors. Can Alex win the apprehensive owners round to her way of thinking?

She finds a possible saviour in the form of the couple’s assistant, who has worked with them for more than twenty years. Could she be the light that guides the hotel into a bright new future?

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  • Charles S

    over 1 year ago

    Charles S

    It's interesting that the owner pleads the 'Fifth Amendment' at the end. Fifth Amendment??? I think he's been watching too many American courtroom dramas.

  • Peter P

    over 1 year ago

    Peter P

    It costs £90 a night to stay here? Who can afford prices like that? No wonder they're not getting many guests.

  • Tracey

    over 1 year ago

    Tracey

    Hi Maureen and Terry and Jo, great to see you at Milton Lodge with Vi a few weeks ago, and guess what? This has finally aired on TV in New Zealand, had us laughing out loud, Terry you naughty boy (as India calls you) putting that tent pole up and swearing like a trouper - I'm surprised they left that in! And giving poor lovely Olga Polizzi a hard time. She seems very nice. Love David and Trace xoxox

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  • Peter Piper

    over 1 year ago

    Peter Piper

    The comments are unbelievable. People are moaning and complaining that Channel Five is not putting up their show fast enough when they should be glad that it gets posted at all! I mean, so what if BBC posts within 24 hours. Did anybody ever think that Channel Five is maybe possibly swamped with work as it is? People can be so unappreciative these days.

  • mr unhappy

    over 1 year ago

    mr unhappy

    this player is absolute rubbish always crashes i have no problem with itv player or bbc or 4od but yours always breaks grrrr :@

  • Unsatisfied Viewer

    over 1 year ago

    Unsatisfied Viewer

    What was with the time elapse when the children were coming in? What did I miss? Grrr Channel 5 :'(

  • BJ

    almost 2 years ago

    BJ

    I thought I'd try the shows available on C5. Some watchable stuff, but haven't managed an entire episode of any programme without constant technical problems. I've had enough, so I'm giving up and won't be back. The BBC works, this doesn't. Crap.

  • BJ

    almost 2 years ago

    BJ

    I thought I'd try the shows available on C5. Some watchable stuff, but haven't managed an entire episode of any programme without constant technical problems. I've had enough, so I'm giving up and won't be back. The BBC works, this doesn't.

  • Alan Brown

    over 2 years ago

    Alan Brown

    This episode aired faultlessly but, It took longer to read the complaints than to watch the programme! Has the management at Demand 5 had a reallity bypass? I cant believe you dont know your service is crap! or are you just happy to sit on your corporate wage packets untill the p45's arrive. (soon i hope)

  • margaret Hutcherson nee Brierley

    over 2 years ago

    margaret Hutcherson nee Brierley

    At last I have been able to see this programme. I met this gentleman when I visited a few years ago and found him totally rude. Jo however is a gem. I wish her well and hope that she is now paid for the managerial post she has taken on. Milton Lodge is a beautiful house with a history few know of.

  • margaret Hutcherson nee Brierley

    over 2 years ago

    margaret Hutcherson nee Brierley

    Why is this still unavailable. I was a child evecuee in this house when it was a "bomb-baby" nursery and would love to have seen this programme.skinning rt

  • joanne anderson-scade

    over 2 years ago

    joanne anderson-scade

    Channel 5s "demand" service has never been more appauling than ever. Arent all shows supposed to be available online? Or just the choice of whomever is in charge at C5? It takes forever to load and days for shows to appear. I concur with most of the comments on here , that C5 should get their act together and put the shows online faster as other channels can do it withing 24 hours, and nearly everything that you can watch on the TV is available to be viewed online. Whats the point of having on demand if you cant watch that particular show online and only on the TV....poor customer service

  • NR

    over 2 years ago

    NR

    Channel 5s "demand" service has never been more appauling than ever. Arent all shows supposed to be available online? Or just the choice of whomever is in charge at C5? It takes forever to load and days for shows to appear. I concur with most of the comments on here , that C5 should get their act together and put the shows online faster as other channels can do it withing 24 hours, and nearly everything that you can watch on the TV is available to be viewed online. Whats the point of having on demand if you cant watch that particular show online and only on the TV....poor customer service

  • Barb

    over 2 years ago

    Barb

    Why do we still have to have adverts online? It's daft and time consuming! :(

  • Freda

    over 2 years ago

    Freda

    Please get your act together. I love the programme and hate having to miss an episode.

  • Nikki

    over 2 years ago

    Nikki

    Argh I didn't realise that you can't watch it on an iPad

  • Steven

    over 2 years ago

    Steven

    Why do the adverts always play perfectly when the actual TV show always stops part way through or sometimes never even plays at all??? Its almost as if the entire point of this website is to show the adverts rather than the programmes...

  • Dave

    over 2 years ago

    Dave

    half way through and it crashes. waste of time.

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  • Laura

    over 2 years ago

    Laura

    How come BBc iplayer and ITV iplayer work with no problems and channel 4 and 5 have so much trouble?? No point in even having this website!

  • Steve

    over 2 years ago

    Steve

    Really annoyed. Kept freezing and had to refresh all the time!!! Had to watch this in 3 minute chunks with several minutes of adverts in between!!! What a waste of time.

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  • joyce paull

    over 2 years ago

    joyce paull

    Disappointed to see the subtitle caption missing !!

  • John

    over 2 years ago

    John

    Ra Ra it's up ,haven't used ch5 on-demand since the last series,don't know if ch5 deliberately delay the program from on-demand to increase t.v. viewing, because every episode of series 7 took day's to air also,really poor service would be the understatement of the year,they certainly know how to piss off viewers big time ,week after week ,show after show ,i mean do they only employ someone 12 hours a week to put their content up,every second program seems to develop technical problems in addition to usual long delay in availability,very sad especially when bbc ,itv & ch4 do such a great job ,surely it can be that hard to make content available ,either that or they get more revenue from ch5 youtube. No matter how many people complain the service never improves ,need to get the finger out ch5 ,very very poor service,no wonder no-one watches ch5 after their experience here. One-demand is supposed to increase viewers to a show but the usual experience of ch5 on-demand leave's people tearing their hair out, never fail's.

  • Callianne

    over 2 years ago

    Callianne

    Fab first programme of new series. great to have Alex back!

  • Graham Hought

    over 2 years ago

    Graham Hought

    Press the button please, I am keen to see Alex, gorgeous....

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  • Mariamaria

    over 2 years ago

    Mariamaria

    I love this programme too. Please sort out the delay, Channel 5. This is spoiling the start of the new series. We have been waiting eagerly for it.

  • jen

    over 2 years ago

    jen

    please please hurry up and post this programme .I love it

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  • CJL

    over 2 years ago

    CJL

    ''your wish is our demand''... then make it so channel 5. My wish is to have the only decent programme that you bother to air on demand and on time.

  • CBC

    over 2 years ago

    CBC

    Useless. Big Brother which is the most mindless CARP gets priority, all else, when the monkees feel like it

  • Jeremy

    over 2 years ago

    Jeremy

    Dire. C Five- why bother? This is the only programme I've ever TRIED to watch either via the TV (Sky wouldn't record) or the dreadful website (oh? not available) so will now give up. If Five's tech people don't care, what about the advertisers and in-house bean counters? A mad way to run a business Mr. Desmond!!

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  • jegpad

    over 2 years ago

    jegpad

    I looked outside the box, thanks Arnold S. No need to use this site.

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  • LFJ

    over 2 years ago

    LFJ

    I note you have had the time to remove the comments informing us of alternative sites to view this programme.

  • Jaz

    over 2 years ago

    Jaz

    This is ridiculous. How come they can get other programmes on almost immediately but not this?

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  • James Reames

    over 2 years ago

    James Reames

    get real channel5 and get somebody to upload it.

  • heather dixon

    over 2 years ago

    heather dixon

    the only half decent programme chanel five have and they carnt even get it on the web when it was aired three days ago! what an absolute JOKE!!!

  • heather dixon

    over 2 years ago

    heather dixon

    get your act together channel 5!!!!

  • Arnold S.

    over 2 years ago

    Arnold S.

    I live in California and just watched this. Think outside the box and you will find it. USE the NET...

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  • Charlotte

    over 2 years ago

    Charlotte

    Are you joking?!!!!

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  • Green

    over 2 years ago

    Green

    I think a complaint to the broadcasting standards agancy is in order - if you can't deliver, don't say you can. not even a response from channel 5 to explain what's going on. Very poor.

  • Wurfy

    over 2 years ago

    Wurfy

    In todays day and age this is ridiculously slow. What is the point in offering an 'on demand' service that is anything but?!

  • ANNOYED EVERYTIME I COME ON DEMAND 5

    over 2 years ago

    ANNOYED EVERYTIME I COME ON DEMAND 5

    OMGGG A JOKEEE HURRY UP WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOURSELF CHANNEL 5 HURRY UP. UNACCEPTABLE. GETTING REALLY ANNOYED NOW DEMAND SERVICE. TAKES AGESSSSS. PEOPLE DON'T NEED THIS. COMPARED TO YOUR COMPETITORS BBC ITV AND CHANNEL 4 PUT IT ON THE SAME DAY. SOMETHING YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF:@

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  • Mr Polizzi

    over 2 years ago

    Mr Polizzi

    What everybody else said.

  • Lynne

    over 2 years ago

    Lynne

    This is a joke we have just watched Motorway Cops which was on BBC1 last night and is now on BBC1 iplayer this was shown at the same time as Hotel Inspector 9pm last night what is going on are we not in the 21st Century where is all the technology. We love this show and wanted to watch it now!!!

  • Liam

    over 2 years ago

    Liam

    I think @jegpad sums it up. This has been a running theme with many of Channel 5's programming. It is a shame that Channel 5 feel it is more of a priority for them to remove content they deem undesirable, but fail to respond to the more polite and appropriate criticisms posed to them. One simple explanation is all we ask, but I see from their point of view as well, that they are pretty immune from criticism or threats of a boycott because I'm sure most of us will be here next week asking why it's not up, as for many of us who don't work a 9-5 lifestyle, online services are key, so whether I like it or not I have to wait for the whim of Channel 5 week in week out.

  • KJC

    over 2 years ago

    KJC

    BBC IPlayer = less than 5 mins Demand 5 = less than 5 days - possibly

  • Robert Pickering

    over 2 years ago

    Robert Pickering

    MARTIN. Hello I want I can't have, gone to channel 4 bye bye on demand 5 (NOT).

  • daniel

    over 2 years ago

    daniel

    YOU ARE AN ABSOLUTE JOKE! A disgrace to the British media! Sort this out right now!!!

  • Ruth

    over 2 years ago

    Ruth

    Oh fiddlesticks! To be frank Channel 5, this is your only good show and I know you think you're all that now you've got Big Brother but even with that your site can't receive half as much attention as the other, actual 'on demand' sites who manage to get shows up within hours of them being broadcast. You're not somehow above criticism because you managed to scrape up channel 4's leftovers. I don't mean to blow your mind or anything but the idea of it is that you put the shows up sharpish cause otherwise it's not really 'on demand' is it? Where's the Office of Fair Trading when you need them? This is false advertising!

  • Cornish Pasty

    over 2 years ago

    Cornish Pasty

    First time i've used c5, on demand ? Should be reported to trade descriptions. The only on demand service on this site is incompetence. Primitive technology...........

  • jegpad

    over 2 years ago

    jegpad

    If there is a moderator viewing this thread, why can't they action the comments, have the courtesy to respond perhaps, rather than just deleting them?

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  • flash

    over 2 years ago

    flash

    i was unable to watch this recordinr yesterday and hoped to watch it tonight but no unlike aunty (who we all thought was a bit stoggy) channel 5 is a waste of time if you are not going to show ON DEMAND SHOWS, why advertise it as such. thats pure and simple fraud as fraudulent as the MPs expenses

  • juniee

    over 2 years ago

    juniee

    just tried as well really wanted to watch this as am busy rest of the time when it is being aired cannot understand why big brother should be on demand services and not this

  • dollypop

    over 2 years ago

    dollypop

    I cant get TV reception because I live on a boat in the middle of no-where so have to rely on DEMAND5. Time methinks to chuck toys and teddy out of pram. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • sue

    over 2 years ago

    sue

    yeah comeon chanel 5 i was hoping 2 watch this 2day as its my day off work. i was wondering if it is your day off work too !!!!!!

  • Colin

    over 2 years ago

    Colin

    Its REPEATED on Five* (star) again: Sun 21:00 9 Oct So you don't have to suffer internet viewing just yet!

  • SJ

    over 2 years ago

    SJ

    Fail to see the point of channel 5 having an allegedly "on demand" service. So much of its output is American and is always unavailable and what's the story with this pre-recorded British programme still not being available nearly 48 hours after broadcast. Frankly Channel 5, why do you bother, I certainly won't anymore!

  • Kateyj

    over 2 years ago

    Kateyj

    would channel 5 prefer people to gravitate towards other channels, because they can't keep up with technology. I notice It is called DEMAND 5 - well where is the supply??? Get real Channel 5 - what is the explanation for this?? Demand and ye shall (Not ) find.

  • Matthew

    over 2 years ago

    Matthew

    Demand 5 good joke Rebrand to delay 5

  • Matthew

    over 2 years ago

    Matthew

    Demand 5 thats a good joke Rebrand to Delay 5

  • channel 5 hurry up

    over 2 years ago

    channel 5 hurry up

    HURRY UP CHANNEL 5 FOR GOD SAKE

  • Carl

    over 2 years ago

    Carl

    I want to watch this. Come on channel 5, i thought u were getting better. Big Brother was on after this programme and yet that is avail to watch

  • jak

    over 2 years ago

    jak

    yetagain another monday night programme not hear on tuseday,,, viva la bbc

  • big jock knew

    over 2 years ago

    big jock knew

    Get a move on channel 5

  • me

    over 2 years ago

    me

    Come on!!!!!!!!Is it that hard?

  • dollypop

    over 2 years ago

    dollypop

    I'm sure that there is a little pixie sitting in an office somewhere waiting until 20 complaints have been recieved, then flicks a switch so we can watch this. Some pixies derive perverse satisfaction from the frustrations of us mere humans.....

  • Louie

    over 2 years ago

    Louie

    Yeh hear hear get a move on

  • dollypop

    over 2 years ago

    dollypop

    I'm sure there is a little pixie who sits in an office, waiting until at least 20 people complain, then flicks a switch so we can watch this. Some pixies derive a certain perverse satisfaction from frustrating us humans....

  • Emma Hickman

    over 2 years ago

    Emma Hickman

    Why isnt it available every other channel can manage it come on its 2011 not 1990!

  • jegpad

    over 2 years ago

    jegpad

    get a move on! Why oh why do you have links to the 'latest episode' if it is not available? This occurs throughout this site and is poor management

  • N

    over 2 years ago

    N

    Same i have been checking all night and morning! hurry up i want to watch this please....

  • G

    over 2 years ago

    G

    27hrs after airing and still not available! HELLO..... Is anybody there!? Every show I (attempt) to watch on Demand 5 is always heavily delayed and I know C5 is aware because this type of comment is on all of the shows! Pull our finger out C5, I refuse to believe it's difficult to get a show online and how about listening to your viewers!?

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