We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Cookies perform functions like recognising you each time you visit and delivering advertising messages that are relevant to you. Read more here

The World's Most Extraordinary Homes

Video clips are automatically supplied by broadcasters and distributors. RadioTimes.com is not responsible for the clip's contents.
S1-E1 Mountain

S1-E1 Mountain

not currently available
Add this to your watchlist to find out when it is available via broadcast or catch-up.


At first glance, architect Piers Taylor (of The House That £100k Built) and “acclaimed actress and passionate property developer” Caroline Quentin are an odd presenter pairing. But they kind of work.

Taylor is serious, without being dour, and a bit professionally ascetic, whereas Quentin is loud, a shrieker, and gushing. The happy pair embark on a thrilling series of trips to visit some gaspingly beautiful homes.

These aren’t simply Grand Designs, these are Grander Designs – such as the house in the Santa Monica mountains of California made of bits of the wings and tailfin of a disused aircraft. It cost unspecified millions to build and involved a helicopter bringing in the various parts.

In Arizona the pair stay in a remarkable house reached by a crazy series of steps that unnerve Quentin. Taylor is in raptures once they get inside: “God it’s nice, God it’s nice.”


Architect Piers Taylor and property enthusiast Caroline Quentin explore unusual homes built in mountainous regions. They begin in California, viewing a property built from the wings and tail fins of a Boeing 747. In Arizona, the pair stay in a modern house with an innovative take on an ancient technique of absorbing the heat during the day and releasing it at night. In New Zealand, Caroline and Piers view a house camouflaged using cedar cladding, while their last stop takes them to an hexagonal alpine chalet with a steel chimney core that anchors it to the mountain.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Caroline Quentin
Presenter Piers Taylor
Director Ed St Giles
Executive Producer Emma Hindley
Executive Producer Louise Murray
Series Producer Anna Stickland
see more


Have Your Say What did you think of Mountain?

view all comments (0)