Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's Five-Star Entertainment

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's Five-Star Entertainment

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Byline: By Liz Lamb

The hotel inspector ( Channel 5

Ruth Watson is the sort of woman who calls a spade a spade. Someone you really don't want to mess with and who has the bluest of vocabulary. All **** this and **** that.

It would be easy to be fooled by her chic blonde bob, manicured nails and tailored jackets.

She may look like the vicar's wife but in fact she is The Hotel Inspector, who ruthlessly tells it like it is and makes grown men quiver.

A hotelier, restaurateur and food writer, she is the star of the Channel 5 series, which rescues troubled hotel owners and tries to turn around their businesses.

Thursday night's episode showed husband and wife Keith and Val, who have lost half a million pounds since they took over a hotel in Shropshire three years ago.

Even the unshakable Ruth had her work cut out for her as, quite frankly, Val seemed a bit bonkers.

Ruth was driven to expletives on more than one occasion. In one rant at Keith she swore four times in one breath, branding the hotel "****-poor and ****ing all over the place".

Keith has had enough and decides to bale out of the industry and sell the hotel at a loss.

"The whole things is a farce," he said. "I don't want to employ people. I am sick to death of the place and the people."

You had to feel sorry for Keith. Even at the bitter end, loyalty to his wife, who seemed to have a negative rather than positive effect on the business, was paramount and he stood by her wacky decisions.

As the show came to an end Ruth asked Val what she would do now, to which she replied: "I am a rainmaker. I can stand outside, I can make it rain."

A quick-witted Ruth looked aghast and replied, "You should work for Thames Water Authority, then."

There was no stopping Val, though. "I can make more money as a tiler or plumber anyway. …

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