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Secrets of Historic Britain   

Information
Series 1: 6x60 | HD | 2017
Series 2: 12x60 | HD | 2018
Series 3: 6x60 | HD | 2019
Production Company
Spun Gold TV/Motion Content Group
Primary Broadcaster
Channel 5

With unprecedented access to some of our most famous historical landmarks, Alan Titchmarsh and a host of celebrities with a passion for the past reveal the treasures and secrets hidden throughout the National Trust, from exploring the incredible human stories behind stunning estates and historic houses to uncovering priceless natural history throughout Britain’s hundreds of miles of breath-taking landscape and coastlines. This is a rarely seen side of the National Trust and the extraordinary work that goes on behind the scenes to preserve our most valuable heritage sites. 

Series 3 - Episode 3

Petworth House in West Sussex is famously known as ‘the house of art’ and sat in its beautifully, Capability Brown, designed grounds it is no surprise why this elegant mansion has been the inspiration for so many famous pieces of work. It was home to the 3rd Earl of Egremont whose passion for contemporary British art, as well as his generous patronage of the artist behind them saw Petworth become an unofficial art school for some of the nation’s most exciting talents.

Series 3 - Episode 2

Plas Newydd is an elegant mansion that sits on the banks of the Menai Strait in Anglesey and is a home full of action, adventure, creative impulse, passion and excess. It was residence to the 1st Marquess of Anglesey, Henry William Paget, who made his name fighting alongside the Duke of Wellington in the Battle of Waterloo. Alan Titchmarsh explores the story behind the brave 1st Marquess and is given exclusive access to the high price he paid in his efforts to defeat Napoleon.

Series 3 - Episode 1

Sitting below the beautiful Snowdonia Mountains in North Wales is the striking Penrhyn Castle. It was home to the wealthy Pennant family who made their fortune in the plantations of the West Indies and the local slate quarry of Bethesda. But this success hides a controversial tale, which has its roots in the slave trade and culminates in a dispute with their quarrymen over trade union representation, followed, incredibly, by the longest running strike in Britain’s industrial history.