The White Lotus: another helping of the comedy-drama set in a luxury hotel

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New season is ‘as moreish, and succulent, as a huge bowl of spaghetti alle vongole’

Jon Gries and Jennifer Coolidge

The very first series of The White Lotus was a “lockdown reward”– a comedy-drama about the dreadful methods of the super-rich, embeded in a luxury resort in Hawaii, stated Ed Power in The Daily Telegraph Now, it’s back, however this time the action unfolds in a high-end hotel in Sicily, and there is a brand-new cast.

The only familiar faces are Jennifer Coolidge, who returns as the eccentric heiress Tanya, and Jon Gries, her series-one enthusiast. As previously, the overprivileged American holidaymakers are drawn with “gimlet-eyed accuracy”, from an unpopular expert couple to a multigenerational household of Italian-Americans making a misty-eyed check out to the land of their predecessors.

True, the series (on Sky Atlantic and Now) suffers “from all the characters being various flavours of unlikeable”, and the European ones (who consist of a Bertie Wooster-ish Englishman played by Tom Hollander) are a bit on the flat side; however at its finest, it uses “remarkably bawdy enjoyable”.

It is enjoyable to see, stated Abby Robinson in the Radio Times, however it “does not have the bite” of series one, which grew in specific on the sparring in between the hotel supervisor Armond (Murray Bartlett) and an especially irritating visitor.

Still, “there is absolutely nothing more pleasurable to view on tv today”, stated Nick Hilton in The Independent “Whip-smart, hot and with a creative belief as non-stop concentrated on audience satisfaction as the lowest-denominator truth television: this is as moreish, and savory, as a huge bowl of spaghetti alle vongole.”

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