HOTEL PORTOFINO (first of the new series)

Premieres Sundays, June 19 – July 24, 2022 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV / On Demand with PBS Video App

HOTEL PORTOFINO, a six-episode period piece starring Natascha McElhone (“Ronin”, CALIFORNICATION, HALO), follows an elite but dysfunctional British family who open a hotel for upper-class travelers on the magical Riviera Italian during the Roaring Twenties.

HOTEL PORTOFINO tells the story of the Ainsworth family who left Britain to open an upscale hotel on the Italian coast. Set in the breathtakingly beautiful resort town of Portofino, this new period drama deals with personal awakening in a time of global upheaval in the traumatic aftermath of World War I and the liberating influence of the Italy’s enchanting culture, climate and cuisine on elite British travellers.

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Lady Latchmere (ANNA CHANCELLOR) and Melissa (IMOGEN KING)

As distinguished guests like the imperious Lady Latchmere check into the hotel, matriarch Bella Ainsworth tries to accommodate their constant requests. McElhone and Mark Umbers (HOME FIRES) play British expat hoteliers Bella and Cecil Ainsworth. Rounding out the cast, Anna Chancellor (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”), Pasquale Esposito (“Gomorrah”), Oliver Dench (PANDORA), Assad Zaman (APPLE TREE YARD), Adam James (DOCTOR FOSTER), Imogen King (THE BAY), Elizabeth Carling (GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART), Olivia Morris (“The Turtles”), Lily Frazer (“Saint Maude”), among others.

Cecil Ainsworth (MARK UMBERS) and Signor Danioni (PASQUALE ESPOSITO)

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Cecil Ainsworth (MARK UMBERS) and Signor Danioni (PASQUALE ESPOSITO)

Embracing interwoven themes of sexual and social liberation, HOTEL PORTOFINO offers addictive storylines for theatergoers in a breathtaking Italian setting.

Anish "Nish" Sengupta (ASSAD ZAMAN)

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Anish “Nish” Sengupta (ASSAD ZAMAN)

EPISODE GUIDE:

Episode 1 “First Impressions” Sunday, June 19 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV – The Portofino Hotel opens its doors to guests from all over the world, including the imperious Lady Latchmere (Chancellor) who is hard to please. Bella Ainsworth (McElhone), co-owner with her husband Cecil (Umbers) and the soulful mind behind the hotel, uses resources, energy and focus to meet the demands of the hotel, while looking after her war-wounded son Lucian (Dench) and widowed daughter Alice (Morris). Bella soon finds herself targeted by a scheming local politician, Signor Danioni (Esposito), who threatens her with extortion.

HOTEL PORTOFINO: A new beginning

Episode 2: “Lessons” Sunday June 26 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV – Guests settle in and enjoy the hotel property, including vivacious American Claudine Pascal (Frazer) and Anish Sengupta (Zaman), a close friend of Lucian’s who is taking a break from medical school. Under the pressure of an arranged marriage with Rose by his father Cecil, Lucian asks his mother Julia for permission to take him to a painting class on the beach. Meanwhile, Danioni sneaks into the Ainsworths’ business by helping Cecil arrange for a family heirloom to be sent from England.

Lucian Ainsworth (OLIVER DENCH) and Rose Drummond-Ward (CLAUDE SCOTT-MITCHELL)

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Lucian Ainsworth (OLIVER DENCH) and Rose Drummond-Ward (CLAUDE SCOTT-MITCHELL)

Episode 3: “Invitations” Sunday July 3 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV – Bella and Lady Latchmere bond over a family tragedy and Constance, a young woman helping around the hotel, is encouraged to make more of her appearance by the hotel’s most socialite guest, Claudine. Bella invites Italian locals to the first English afternoon tea in the hotel garden, and Ainsworth’s Legacy, a painting by artist Rubens, arrives during the festivities. When several guests leave for a supper, Lucian and other younger guests stay behind. Rose lets her hair down with Lucian but disgraces herself in Julia’s eyes.

Lady Latchmere (ANNA CHANCELLOR) and Bella Ainsworth (NATASCHA MCELHONE)

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Lady Latchmere (ANNA CHANCELLOR) and Bella Ainsworth (NATASCHA MCELHONE)

Episode 4: “Uncoverings” Sunday July 10 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV – The youngest venture out by boat, where Constance wears the daring swimsuit that Claudine gave her. Catching Lucian’s attention, he and Constance swim together to explore a nearby cave. Bella finally stands up to Signor Danioni when she visits to make another payment and insists it will be her last, but Danioni doesn’t take the news lightly. He delivers compromising correspondence to Cecil, but before he can confront Bella about the letter, the Rubens disappears and there is an uproar at the hotel.

Claudine (LILY FRAZER)

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Claudine (LILY FRAZER)

Episode 5: “Discoveries” Sunday July 17 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV – Bella and Cecil, hotel guests and employees are in turmoil about the stolen painting. As the police, led by Danioni, search for the missing heirloom, everyone is suspicious. Danioni accuses Billy Scanlon, the only surviving son of hotel cook Betty, of being the thief. An Italian guest, Count Albani, steps in to try to help Bella resolve her difficulties with Signor Danioni. Cecil finally confronts Bella about the incriminating letter.

Bella (NATASCHA MCELHONE) and Jack (ADAM JAMES)

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Bella (NATASCHA MCELHONE) and Jack (ADAM JAMES)

Episode 6: “Denouements” Sunday July 24 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV – The day after Bella’s confrontation with Cecil, her daughter, Alice, finds a locket that reveals a secret Constance has been hiding. When Lucian finally recognizes his true feelings, Alice pulls him aside to reveal the secret of Constance’s past. Lucian must now decide on his future engagement with Rose. Claudine and Bella bond as her empathetic manner gives Bella strength. The mystery of the missing heirloom is solved and the police investigation is closed. Cecil makes a startling discovery about Danioni, and he pays him a bribe so he won’t reveal his indiscretion.

HOTEL PORTOFINO: Preview of episode 6 | Outcomes

Watch at your own pace:

HOTEL PORTOFINO will debut Sunday, June 19, 2022 from 8-9 p.m. on PBS and will be available to stream on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org, the PBS Video app, available on iOS, Android , Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and VIZIO.

Credits:

Written and created by Matt Baker and directed by Adam Wimpenny. The series is an Eagle Eye production in association with Beta Film. Executive produced by Eagle Eye’s Jo McGrath and Walter Iuzzolino.

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