The British bed-and-breakfast owner has long been a subject of curiosity, both within its home country and abroad (witness the success of Fawlty Towers). And while Three in a Bed doesn’t feature a character as over-the-top eccentric/neurotic as John Cleese’s Basil Fawlty, it does provide an entertaining window to the quaint yet competitive nature of those who open their homes to tourists. The series features three B&B-owning couples that agree to stay in each other’s homes, sampling the food, festivities and surroundings of the others’ operations. And while the criticisms the couples level at each other are all couched in characteristic British reserve, the knives do indeed come out. A clever concept, delivered with wit and charm.
Partners: Studio Lambert (London) for Channel 4, distributed by All3Media (London)
Length: 8 x 60 minutes
Airing: Summer, 2010
Rights available: All worldwide excluding U.S. format rights