National Trust ‘secrets’ unveiled in new Channel 5 series

Filming at Lyme Park for a six part TV series about National trust

Filming at Lyme Park for a six part TV series about the National Trust. Credit National Trust images.

The National Trust has opened its doors to Channel 5 for a new series starting on Tuesday 07 February at 9pm, which will celebrate the stunning estates, historic houses and miles of breathtaking countryside and coastline in the conservation charity’s care.

Across six, 60 minute episodes, host Alan Titchmarsh will find out about the Trust’s conservation work and discover the stories hidden behind its buildings and gardens in the new series, Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh.

Alan will be joined by a team of National Trust specialists who will showcase new discoveries, inspiring conservation work and fascinating archives.

During each episode Alan will be anchored at a new location where he will take an in-depth look at the history of the property and key conservation projects. Alongside this, a host of other experts and enthusiasts, including Anneka Rice, Jon Culshaw and Joan Bakewell, will take viewers on a tour around the country with one-off films shot at an array of Trust properties.

The six anchor locations are:

  • Episode 1: Knole, Kent
  • Episode 2: Hill Top, Cumbria
  • Episode 3: Attingham Park, Shropshire
  • Episode 4: Quarry Bank, Cheshire
  • Episode 5: Lyme, Cheshire
  • Episode 6: Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire

The series will uncover hidden rooms, archaeological discoveries, surprising wildlife and, through the use of filming techniques such as drone cameras, viewers will gain a rare perspective of these fascinating buildings.

Through the people that the presenters meet and the places that they visit, each episode will provide a rich and diverse tapestry of entertaining, warm and informative journeys and stories.

Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh is commissioned by Channel 5 and produced by Spun Gold TV. The series producer/director is Chris Parkin.

Daniel Dodd, National Trust Communications & Content Director said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Channel 5 on this series. As an independent conservation charity our purpose is to look after the nation’s beautiful and historic places so that everyone can enjoy them. This series brings our places and our work to life. Meet some of the staff and volunteers who look after more than 300 historic buildings, over 600,000 acres of land and 775 miles of coastline along with mines, mills, pubs and villages.”

Guy Davies, Channel 5’s Commissioning Editor Factual commented: “We’re delighted that Alan Titchmarsh is hosting this series. As a national treasure himself, his passion, energy and knowledge shows a different side to the National Trust, which will resonate with viewers.”

Daniela Neumann, Spun Gold TV’s Creative Director said: “The National Trust is part of our British heritage. The work they do in preserving our history and keeping Britain beautiful is invaluable. This landmark series celebrates the people, places and stories that make us who we are.”

The first of six weekly episodes in the series, Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh, airs on Tuesday 07 February at 9pm on Channel 5.

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