VIDEO: What The Hotel's Mark Jenkins did next!
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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Holiday Home FOR SALE IN BRIXHAM WITH SEA VIEWS over looking St. Mary's Bay beach. Come and take a look today. ONE WEEK ONLY. Facilities on site. Pools, Ents, Club, Shop. Quiet park with stunning area
Terms: Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or with a P/X on park. Come and take a look today and own your own part of South Devon. For allot less than you can imagine!! Letting permitted
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Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
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?
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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."