Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh

Attingham

Series 1 - Episode 3 Attingham

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Review

Much of this episode's tour of NT sites comes from Attingham Hall, an incredibly grand neo-classical house in Shropshire where Alan Titchmarsh wanders, slightly awestruck, among the treasures. At one stage he has to help get a large oil painting off the walls and as he takes the weight of it, looks hilariously worried, like a child holding a Ming vase. We also learn about that ultimate Georgian status symbol: a fresh pineapple.

The best story though, comes from Hughenden Manor in Bucks, where a chance remark by a visitor to his grandson – “That’s where my desk was during the war” – was overheard by a member of staff and led to dramatic revelations about the house’s role as a secret intelligence base.

Summary

Alan visits Attingham Hall in Shropshire to tell the story of the second Baron Berwick, the profligate 19th-century owner who amassed a considerable art collection and squandered the family fortune. During his visit, he wanders around the elaborate walled garden where the family grew their own pineapples - a sign of great wealth at the time - and helps to remove a priceless 16th-century painting from the wall of the grand picture gallery for restoration.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Alan Titchmarsh
Director Chris Parkin
Executive Producer Fintan Maguire
Series Producer Chris Parkin
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