PBS confirms premiere date for new 1920s series ‘Hotel Portofino’

It’s been announced when Hotel Portofino will begin in the US!

The lavish new period drama follows a British family who open a hotel for upper class travellers on the magical Italian Riviera during the ‘Roaring 20s.’

Described as “an exhilarating cocktail of romance, glamour and mystery,” the six-part first season launched in the UK earlier this year on BritBox.

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Hotel Portofino will premiere in the US at 8pm ET on Sunday 19th June on PBS.

It’ll also be available to stream on PBS Passport and the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel.

Leading the cast are Natascha McElhone (Ladies in Lavender) and Mark Umbers (Home Fires) as British expat hoteliers Bella and Cecil Ainsworth.

They’re joined by Anna Chancellor (Downton Abbey), Adam James (Vigil), Imogen King (The Bay), Lorenzo Richelmy (Marco Polo), Lily Frazer (Cuckoo), Oliver Dench (Domina), and Elizabeth Carling (Goodnight Sweetheart).

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Adapted from JP O’Connell’s book by Matt Baker (Before We Die), Hotel Portofino comes from Professor T executive producers Jo McGrath and Walter Iuzzolino.

The official synopsis reads: “Hotel Portofino tells the story of the Ainsworth family that has relocated from Britain to open an upscale hotel on the Italian coastline.

“Set in the breathtakingly beautiful resort town of Portofino, this new period drama is about personal awakening at a time of global upheaval in the traumatic aftermath of World War I and the liberating influence of Italy’s enchanting culture, climate and cuisine on elite British travelers.

“As distinguished guests like the imperious Lady Latchmere check into the hotel, matriarch Bella Ainsworth tries to keep up with their constant demands.”

The series was praised by the Daily Mail as “a romantic costume drama that’s as blissful as a good gin cocktail” when it debuted in January.

JP O’Connell’s Hotel Portofino novel is available on Amazon.