Police investigate after hotel in Alex Polizzi TV show targeted…
The Devon hotelier likened to a Peter Kay comedy character has called in the police after receiving abusive phone calls.
They started after an episode of TV show The Hotel Inspector featuring the Bulstone Hotel at Branscombe, East Devon, was repeated on My5.
Kevin Monaghan, 60, and his wife Judith, 64, invited hotelier Alex Polizzi to film at their traditional two-star hotel in the hope of getting help to boost trade.
But Mr Monaghan broke his leg in March during the production period and had to use a wheelchair during part of the filming.
That led to comments on social media likening the hotelier to the Peter Kay character Brian Potter, who is also grey-haired and uses a wheelchair.
Mr Monaghan said: “The obscene and abusive phone calls started over the weekend.
“One person called pretending to make a booking, then they started to get a little bit more coarse, then the F-word came out, then the C-word came out, then the B-word came out.”
He said the calls had been reported to the police and he was due to be interviewed by an officer on Friday.
Meanwhile the couple have invited Peter Kay to visit the hotel, in an attempt to drive some positive publicity.
The show featuring the hotel in the 12th series of The Hotel Inspector was first broadcast in July.
The likeness between Mr Monaghan and the Peter Kay character was picked up by viewers with comments on Twitter while the show was being screened on Wednesday night.
Even actor Paddy McGuinness, who appears as a bouncer in Phoenix Nights, got involved.
He tweeted: “So now you know why there’s no more Phoenix Nights. Brian Potter is on tonight’s #hotelinspector”.
TV critic Ian Hyland tweeted: “Brian Potter appears to be walking again and running a country hotel. It’s fabulous.”
The couple has run the family-friendly hotel for 20 years, with seven family suites and a highly-regarded restaurant.