Carved with Love: The Genius of British Woodwork

The Extraordinary Thomas Chippendale

Series 1 - Episode 1 The Extraordinary Thomas Chippendale

Today 2am - 3am BBC Four


Chippendale furniture is some of the most sought-after and exquisitely made in the world, and this film, co-produced by the V&A, sets out to show how the humble joiner from Otley, Thomas Chippendale, became the pre-eminent furniture-maker of the 18th century.

It rhapsodises over how Chippendale’s designs brought elegance and taste to the newly monied classes, with lots of loving shots of curving chair legs and beautiful marquetry. It also describes how Chippendale’s directory – the first furniture catalogue in the world – spread his work around the


Profiles of influential figures in the world of wood craftsmanship, focusing on famous furniture designer Thomas Chippendale. The film traces his journey from humble roots working as a joiner in Otley, West Yorkshire, to his success as a cabinet-maker in London.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Paul Copley
Director Suniti Somaiya
Executive Producer Jonty Claypole
Producer Suniti Somaiya
Series Producer John Mullen