This series is a rare opportunity to explore five of Britain’s finest stately homes. This is not just about some of the world’s best-loved buildings, spectacular as they are; it is about the treasures within which tell a human story.
Selina Scott explores Burghley House, Lincolnshire. This fabulous house was built by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Elizabeth I, starting in 1555. It took 32 years. 450 years later, Burghley’s state rooms are filled with treasures including one of the finest collection of 17th century Italian masterpieces.
Selina Scott discovers Chatsworth, Derbyshire, home of the twelfth Duke of Devonshire. Built by the remarkable Bess of Hardwick and altered by the first Duke, Chatsworth is one of the nation’s great private homes open to the public.
The Duke of Marlborough talks to Selina Scott about Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Treasures include the tapestry which records the Battle of Blenheim in which Marlborough defeated the Franco-Bavarian forces in the War of the Spanish Succession.
In Norfolk, Selina Scott tours Holkham Hall, a Palladian masterpiece which took over 30 years to build. Works of art, statues, books and manuscripts that now form a unique collection.
Selina Scott uncovers the treasures of Boughton House, the home of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensbury. His ancestors were collectors on a grand scale, from tapestries commissioned from the weavers at Mortlake, through gilt tables, to forty works by Van Dyck.
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