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VIDEO: What The Hotel's Mark Jenkins did next!

By GuyHenderson  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins

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IT'S the end of an era at Torquay's Grosvenor Hotel in the last episode of Channel 4's hit reality show The Hotel.

In the eighth and final episode, manager Mark Jenkins needs a buyer for The Grosvenor before the summer ends, while the doors are still open and the staff still have their jobs.

In the meantime, he wants reservations manager Alison to step into his shoes and run the hotel. Alison is far from convinced but agrees to do it 'on a trial basis'.

Here's the video Mark released on YouTube immediately after the last episode finished.

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Mark, meanwhile, is on the trail of local hotel magnate Keith Richardson of the Grand, who has shown an interest in The Grosvenor. With no other potential buyers coming forward, former salesman Mark needs to close this deal.

With a sale looking more likely, Mark prepares to leave, and the reality of an era at The Grosvenor coming to an end hits the staff. They decide to throw a last-minute leaving party for him: can they pull off this one last event in time?

Tweet @ThisisSDevon during tonight's show to be part of our live coverage

We asked our readers: "When #thehotel started you said it was great publicity for Torbay. Do you still think the same? Tweet @ThisisSDevon"

Andjustbeingme 8:15pm @ThisisSDevon brilliant publicity for the bay . Love all at #the hotel

sc4ffolder 8:10pm @ThisisSDevon Makes Torquay look like Fawty Towers and we all walk around doing the Hitler walk , Scripted and badly acted TV ! !

Shirley Maldini: I don't think so series one didn't bring custom to his hotel or he wouldn't have had to sell up

aprilroxi 8:34pm @ThisisSDevon yes I would love to have a stay there

Appiatse1996 8:35pm @ThisisSDevon you are one FANTASTIC place to visit

Towards the end of the episode, Keith Richardson and Mark Jenkins shake on the deal, and there are tears all round as the realisation dawns that nothing will ever be quite the same again.

"Forget the bad times," he says. "Just remember the good ones.

"It's going to be hard to let go.

"You shouldn't feel sorry for me. I did my best and I failed."

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  • Lee_Veale  |  February 24 2013, 10:39AM

    It was really funny to watch Mark trying to battle to bring people and money into the Grosvenor Hotel. Mark seems a genuinly nice guy who just wanted to succeed in making the hotel work and mae sure people enjoyed there time there. I really believe that if he had the right people around him he could have made that hotel profitable. He should have sacked Christian a long time ago. I think it is really sad that Keith Richardson didn't give Mark the events managers job, I know it wouldn't have been the same....but Mark belonged at that Hotel. I really hope Mark has some honest decent friends who will help him with his next big adventure so he can succeed not only in making money, but also making people happy.

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  • AveryGuitars  |  February 21 2013, 5:53PM

    One of the funniest programmes on TV! Sometimes I thought that they were all actors, simply because such incidents are so unlikely to happen in reality. If they are actors, they deserve an Oscar each! If they are not, the person who thought up this show deserves one! I shall miss this programme terribly.

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  • AveryGuitars  |  February 21 2013, 5:46PM

    One of the funniest programmes on TV! Sometimes I thought that they were all actors, simply because such incidents are so unlikely to happen in reality. If they are actors, they deserve an Oscar each! If they are not, the person who thought up this show deserves one! I shall miss this programme terribly.

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  • Bleach  |  February 18 2013, 4:07PM

    Bet he knows where the off switch is too.

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  • Bleach  |  February 18 2013, 4:07PM

    @BayBorn: "No no no no and no! We don't need this man on our screens any more" Jeez, and they say Mark Jenkins is stupid. I bet he knows he's not obliged to watch a show.

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  • spindleshanks  |  February 18 2013, 12:05PM

    Just feel very sorry for the guy who thankfully has a family offering support at what must be a difficult time. It's easy to be critical of someone whose business has failed, (especially as it was under a public magnifying glass at the time), but at least he had a go and as he rightly said on the programme last night, "Forget the bad times just remember the good times".

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  • nicold  |  February 18 2013, 9:33AM

    God help any one connected to this man in business. Let's just hope they've seen the programme. He's a walking disaster...but do admit it's good entertainment in a strange way...

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  • BayBorn  |  February 17 2013, 9:38PM

    No no no no and no! We don't need this man on our screens any more. Thank goodness the last episode has come and gone, worst PR for the bay in years!

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