11 February 2013

Heritage Comes Home With New ITV Series

ITV has commissioned Britain's Secret Homes, a brand new series revealing the remarkable stories behind the UK's most secret and surprising homes. The series will be produced by ITV Studios, and presented by two award-winning broadcasters - journalist Michael Buerk, and historian and author Bettany Hughes.

Britain's Secret Homes presented by journalist Michael Buerk, and historian and author Bettany Hughes.

Britain's Secret Homes presented by journalist Michael Buerk, and historian and author Bettany Hughes.

Britain's Secret Homes

Britain's Secret Homes, four one-hour programmes to be shown in the summer, will be made in partnership with English Heritage, and will include contributions from Historic Scotland, Cadw - the Welsh Government's historic environment service in Wales, and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Together, they have trawled the country to find the 50 most intriguing homes in the UK. Some are still inhabited. Many are unknown to the public.  But all these extraordinary places have borne witness to key moments in our nation's history. The order will be determined by factors such as each home's national importance, cultural significance, historical value and beauty.

An eclectic range of well-known people and experts will join Michael and Bettany to investigate the UK's best kept secret homes, and the stories will be brought to life using archive, cutting edge CGI and dramatic reconstruction.  From country manor houses to unassuming terraced two-up two-downs, these homes' stories will deliver eye-opening accounts of political intrigue, conspiracy, invention, romance and heroism that make the very fabric of British history.

The same production team is behind a second series of Britain's Secret Treasures, made in partnership with the British Museum which was also announced today by ITV. Both series are led by Executive Producers, Ed Taylor and Michael Kelpie. The Series Producer for Britain's Secret Homes is Michael Waterhouse.

ITV and English Heritage Partnership

Katy Thorogood, Commissioner, Daytime and Factual at ITV said: "We are delighted to be working with ITVS and these fantastic national institutions on these two ambitious projects. Whether it be a treasure discovered by a member of the public, or a home lived in by one of our viewers, behind each one is a great story that illuminates our understanding of Britain's rich and varied history"

Ed Taylor, Executive Producer, ITV Studios, who is Executive Producer for the series, said: "We are thrilled to be making history programmes that sit at the heart of the ITV schedule. The series give us the opportunity to delve into the knowledge and expertise of the British Museum and our great national heritage bodies, and then offer these rich historical stories up for ITV viewers"

Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for us to share our passion for the history that is all around us, most especially in this country's rich legacy of historic homes. The challenge has been to find dwellings which draw on the full range of human experience. We think we have succeeded and that this series will be an exciting journey, literally a doorway to the past."