UK broadcaster Channel 4 has ordered a three-part series from London-headquartered indie Spun Gold on 18th century British landscape architect Lancelot “Capability” Brown.
The 3 x 60-minute series, titled Capability Found, is hosted by horticultural expert Alan Titchmarsh (pictured) and will center on Brown’s landscape plans for Belvoir Castle, which were terminated when the gardener passed away but were recently restarted. The series is one of several projects between Spun Gold and Titchmarsh, who is the host of other series from the prodco, including Alan’s Garden Secrets and Love Your Garden.
The series – which will detail Brown’s origins and life amid English society – will also see Titchmarsh assist in recreating the 18th century plans for the estate and balancing them with its 21st century practices.
Capability Found is exec produced for Spun Gold by Gill Tierney and produced and directed by Dunk Barnes.
“The series is set to add to the tri-centenary celebrations of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth,” said Lizi Wootton, commissioning editor of features at Channel 4, in a statement. “The re-discovery of his plans for Belvoir Castle is really exciting and hugely significant. I’m delighted that nearly 300 years on, Alan Titchmarsh is able to help recreate the vision of one of Britain’s most important landscape designers.”
Spun Gold executive producer Tierney added: “Most people have heard of Capability Brown but this is a chance to get to know the man behind the myth – to celebrate his legacy not only at Belvoir Castle, but in some of the greatest gardens of England.”