Spun Gold TV is in production on a Christmas special for Channel 4, which goes behind the scenes at the Corinthia hotel, to follow its team as they prepare for the festive season.

With exclusive access, Five Star Christmas: Inside Corinthia (1×60’) begins with a staff meeting where this year’s Christmas theme is decided, and the meticulous planning begins. As ever, in the fiercely competitive world of five-star hotels the pressure is on to ensure that guests are given the very best Christmas experience possible.

A memorable meal is at the heart of many guests’ experience at the hotel, and restaurateur Tom Kerridge is on the hunt for the very best ingredients for Kerridge’s Bar & Grill restaurant. The two-Michelin-Star Chef is launching a spectacular new Christmas menu, based around carefully sourcing the best British beef, as well as the trimmings that go with it. But with a high-profile launch, packed with expectant VIP guests who can make or break the success of his menu, his team must be at the top of their game on opening night.

Corinthia attracts guests who want – and can afford – a unique celebration. This Christmas, the team works closely with the girlfriend of one VIP to help arrange for a gospel choir to perform a surprise serenade for her partner during their stay.

The hotel also provides a location for companies to celebrate lavish Christmas parties. This year Corinthia has been chosen by a global luxury brand to provide its staff with a party to remember, and the team must come up with something special to deliver the wow factor that the brand is expecting – and keep them as a returning customer for next year.

Corinthia is decorated overnight, transforming the building  for its guests. It’s an enormous task with a fair share of hiccups, as the team struggles to get everything ready for an early morning inspection by Managing Director, Thomas Kochs, whose exacting standards know no limits.

Daniela Neumann, md, Spun Gold says: “Viewers are always fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes at our most exclusive hotels and how they cater to high profile and demanding guests. Five Star Christmas: Inside Corinthia reveals what staff and management need to pull off to achieve the ultimate festive wishes of their VIP and corporate clients.”

Five Star Christmas: Inside Corinthia is a Spun Gold TV production for Channel 4. The executive producers are Anna Edwinson & Daniela Neumann, the edit producer is Mark Wildash, and it was produced and directed by Patrick Philips. It is being distributed internationally by All3Media International.

Pippa Considine

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