Hidden Treasures

  • Royal Upstairs Downstairs - Chatsworth

    Antiques expert Tim Wonnacott and chef Rosemary Shrager travel in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, our longest reigning monarch, visiting the houses, Castles and stately homes she visited throughout her life. Using her own diaries, and other first hand accounts of her visits, they discover the ex...

  • Royal Upstairs Downstairs - Blair

    At the time of this visit Victoria had been on the throne 7 years. She was only 25yrs old but had already churned out four children in four years. Prince Albert thought it would be the ideal place for the queen to recover from the arrival of Alfred, their fourth child, born just a few weeks earli...

  • Royal Upstairs Downstairs - Scone

    At the time of this visit Victoria had been married to Albert for 2 years and had given birth to her first two children Princess Victoria and Prince Albert Edward. Amazingly their host, the Earl of Mansfield, had been planning the trip for two years, had problems with cowboy builders along the wa...

  • Royal Upstairs Downstairs - Shugborough

    Today we discover what life was like for the 13 year Victoria when she visited the Earl of Lichfield with her domineering mother in 1832. Tim reveals how Victoria was kept under 24 hour surveillance by her mother the Duchess of Kent – such was her paranoia that something untoward would happen to ...

  • The Secret History of the British Garden | The 17th Century

    Monty Don uncovers the extraordinary stories behind Britain's seventeenth century gardens. Starting his journey at the sole surviving garden of the 1600s, Levens Hall in Cumbria, Monty sets out to investigate what the gardens of this age would have looked like and what influenced and inspired the...

  • The Secret History of the British Garden | The 18th Century

    On his journey through four hundred years of Britain's garden history, Monty Don arrives in the eighteenth century, an age that gave rise to the landscape garden, created on a scale that had never been seen before. Using Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's first commission, Croome Court in Worcestershi...

  • The Secret History of the British Garden | The 19th Century

    Monty Don explores the extraordinary transformations that occurred in garden design throughout the 19th century. As a result of an expanding empire, scientific and technological innovation and social change, British gardens became more exotic, more colourful and more widely accessible than ever b...

  • The Secret History of the British Garden | The 20th Century

    Monty Don concludes his journey through Britain's gardening heritage by looking at how the nation's gardens have evolved over the last hundred years. He looks at the profound effect that two world wars had on our attitude to gardens and gardening. Today gardening is one of Britain's most popular ...