Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages

Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages

Series 3 - Episode 1



A hale Dame Penelope takes to the B-roads again in her Volvo estate to uncover bubbling brooks of Britishness off every village green.

“The British countryside is a wonderful thing,” she sighs, and it’s a manifesto the programme pursues over any number of ravishing lanes and fields, all the while improving our knowledge with mildly eyebrow-raising history lessons whose subtext is always that places are not quite what they seem.

We begin on the sleepy limestone grasslands between the Severn and the Thames, the “Notting Hill with wellies” that was named after its sheep sheds and offers, says our host, “a land where the picture postcards seem real”. Yes, it’s the Cotswolds.


Penelope Keith starts her journey in the Cotswolds, and explores the celebrated village of Bibury, as well as Kelmscott, the home of William Morris; Slade, the village setting of a book by Laurie Lee; Down Ampney, and Hook Norton. Plus, she visits a village fete in Ebrington.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Penelope Keith
Director Vic Procter
Executive Producer Owen Rodd
Producer Kerri Garson