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HOTEL PORTOFINO: Season 2 (New Season Premiere)

Bella Ainworth in HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2
Bella Ainworth
Bella Ainworth in HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2

Premieres Sundays, Oct. 15 - Nov. 19, 2023 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV / PBS App

The glamorous period drama series HOTEL PORTOFINO returns for a second season! Natascha McElhone (CALIFORNICATION, THE CROWN) stars in the six-part series following an elite yet dysfunctional British family who open a hotel for upper-class travelers on the magical Italian Riviera during the Roaring ‘20s.

HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2: Preview

Set in the breathtakingly beautiful Italian seaside town of Portofino during the Roaring 20s, Season 2 begins in the summer of 1927 as Bella Ainsworth is still devoting all her energy into making Hotel Portofino a success. Having overcome earlier blackmailing threats from a local politician, the hotel is finally starting to prosper. Aside from her hotel duties, Bella is also concerned for her children — Lucian, whose marriage to Rose might be facing trouble, and Alice, who needs a break from her responsibilities at the hotel.

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Bella with guests at the hotel check-in, a scene from HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2
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Bella with guests at the hotel check-in, a scene from HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2

Bella’s husband, Cecil, has not been seen since returning to England at the end of the previous summer. With Cecil’s unannounced return to Portofino, the messy private lives of her children, and an imminent visit from a travel guide that could make or break the hotel’s future, Bella has her work cut out to keep all the plates spinning.

HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2: First Look

Additional returning cast members include Mark Umbers (HOME FIRES), Oliver Dench (PANDORA), Olivia Morris ("RRR"), Assad Zaman (Anne Rice’s "Interview with the Vampire"), Elizabeth Carling, Louisa Binder, Carolina Gonnelli, Claude Scott-Mitchell, Louis Healy, Pasquale Esposito, Rocco Fasano, Daniele Pecci, Lily Frazer and Lucy Akhurst.

HOTEL PORTOFINO: Extended Trailer

EPISODE GUIDE:

Episode 1: “Returns” premieres Sunday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV - Bella's plans to build a spa in the basement are running over budget while she deals with an unexpected and unwelcome return from someone closer to home. Meanwhile, the hotel is facing an anonymous inspection from an influential travel guide.

Lucian Ainsworth in a scene from HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2.
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Lucian Ainsworth in a scene from HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2.

Episode 2: “Alliances” premieres Sunday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV - As Cecil tries to buy his way back into Bella's affections, Lucian and Constance acknowledge their mutual attraction. Elsewhere, Nish overcomes his qualms to help Gianluca strike a blow against Mussolini's Fascists with disastrous results.

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Film director scene in HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2
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Film director scene in HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2

Episode 3: “Comings Together” premieres Sunday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV - Cecil becomes embroiled with gangsters who have taken over the local casino. With Nish on the run and now being hunted by Danioni, Bella and Lucian must help him avoid arrest. And emotions between Lucian and Constance come to a head.

Bella and Cecil in a scene from HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2
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Bella and Cecil in a scene from HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2

Episode 4: “Contortions” premieres Sunday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV - Alice returns with her new fiancé and Rose turns up with a plan to win back Lucian. Cecil schemes to take control of the Hotel from Bella and drive a wedge between her and Marco, while Bella thinks she has discovered the inspector’s identity.

Rose-Drummond and Constance March in a scene from HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2.
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Rose-Drummond and Constance March in a scene from HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2.

Episode 5: “Subterfuges” premieres Sunday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV - Bella schemes to thwart Cecil’s plans of taking over the hotel, and she helps get Nish to safety while arranging a rendezvous with an old flame. Rose’s attempts to reconcile with Lucian end in disaster, forcing Bella to intervene.

Claudine Pascal in a scene from HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2.
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Claudine Pascal in a scene from HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2.

Episode 6: “Farewells” premieres Sunday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV - Bella must act decisively to salvage her investment in the Hotel Portofino, but at what cost to her relationships and her children? Just when things seem to be going Bella’s way, tragedy strikes with fatal consequences for once member of the family.

Lucian Ainsworth and Alice Mayes-Smith in a scene from HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2
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Lucian Ainsworth and Alice Mayes-Smith in a scene from HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2

Watch On Your Schedule:

Season 2 will stream on all station-branded PBS platforms including PBS.org, and the PBS App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast, and VIZIO.

Catch up and stream Season 1 now with KPBS Passport!

Claudine Pascal in a scene from HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2
Courtesy of Eagle-Eye Drama Ltd.
Claudine Pascal in a scene from HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 2

Credits:

Written and created by Matt Baker and directed by Adam Wimpenny. The series is an Eagle Eye production and is executive produced by Jo McGrath and Walter Iuzzolino. Beta Film handles international distribution for the series.