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BBC series sees 500-year-old manor “Reborn”

The BBC is partnering with preservation society the National Trust for To The Manor Reborn, a four-part series looking at the process behind bringing an historic property back to life.
August 5, 2011

The BBC is partnering with preservation society the National Trust for To The Manor Reborn, a four-part series looking at the process behind bringing an historic property back to life.

Airing on BBC1, the 4 x 60-minute series will be presented by Penelope Keith and Paul Martin and will see a team of historians, experts, and volunteers refurbishing 500-year-old Avebury Manor in Wiltshire, England.

“Our partnership with the National Trust on this ambitious project encapsulates so many of the BBC’s ambitions,” said BBC1 controller Danny Cohen. “The channel aims to keep engaging audiences in new ways and this series offers them the chance to follow the story on screen, and to experience it firsthand.”

Sarah Staniforth, museums and collections director for the National Trust, added: “It is not only a unique opportunity to engage viewers in the history of interior design and architecture but is also a way for the Trust to push the boundaries in bringing properties to life.”

To The Manor Reborn was commissioned by Mark Bell, BBC commissioning editor for arts. Basil Comely is the executive producer and the series producer is Kate Shiers. The series is produced by BBC Vision London Factual and will be broadcast later this year.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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