In ITV’s new five-part documentary, Britain’s Secret Homes, we’re offered a virtual nosey around residences owned by celebs, homes engulfed in history and unlikely homes with incredible stories.
Presenters Michael Buerk and Bettany Hughes visit the very bedroom in Hastings where TV was invented, a grand house in Wales that was built by the richest man in the world (at the time), plus a home in Kent where a bespoke hand-painted wall, dating back to 1603, was kept hidden until 1914.
“You never know what secrets are hiding in your own home,” explains Hughes. “Every single story tells us something special about what it is like to be British and what it is like to live in Britain,” she continues.
We’ll also see inside Charles Darwin’s home – Down House. “My bottom was on the same seat as Charles Darwin’s!” explains Michael Buerk. “You get that sense of moment, of insight, of importance, of just being there. A strange aura of being in a place where something extraordinary has happened.”
Meanwhile, there will be appearances from Sir David Jason, Ricky Tomlinson, Twiggy and Michael Portillo who pop up throughout the series, offering their expert tips on the properties.
See below to get a glimpse of the houses pre-series…
Watch Britain’s Secret Homes at 9pm, June 7 on ITV
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