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C4, MGM TV to follow Alnwick Castle “magical” village construction

UK pubcaster Channel 4 and MGM Telvision have been granted access to the build of the £15 million “magical village” at Alnwick Castle for the six-part series The Duchess (w/t). The ...
June 25, 2021

UK pubcaster Channel 4 and MGM Telvision have been granted access to the build of the £15 million “magical village” at Alnwick Castle for the six-part series The Duchess (w/t).

The 6 x 60-minute series follows life at home with the Duchess of Northumberland as she embarks on a project to create a “whimsical wonderland” close to the Alnwick Garden (pictured).

Alnwick Castle, known as “the Windsor of the North,” is England’s second largest inhabited castle and home to The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland and their family.

C4 and MGM TV will go behind the scenes of the construction of the village, named Lilidorei, which will feature fairy grottos and goblin lairs.

The Duchess (w/t) was commissioned by Jo Street, head of daytime and features, and Clemency Green, commissioning editor, daytime and features.

Executive producers are Dominic Bird and Vicky Hamburger.

Bird, SVP of international unscripted television at MGM Television, said in a statement: “With rare access to Her Grace alongside the incredibly ambitious project she is about to undertake, it promises to be a hugely eventful enterprise as the Duchess of Northumberland juggles formal and personal commitments with her biggest ever challenge.”

Photo: Billy Wilson/Flickr

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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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