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C4 orders series on 18th century British gardener

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has ordered a three-part series from Spun Gold on 18th century British landscape architect Lancelot "Capability" Brown. (Pictured: host Alan Titchmarsh)
January 13, 2015

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.”

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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