Escape to the Chateau

Chickens, Heating and a Blank Canvas

Series 1 Chickens, Heating and a Blank Canvas



We know from the opening sequence that Dick Strawbridge and his partner Angel Adoree do manage to get their 45-room French château habitable in time for their wedding. But at this point of the series it’s hard to see how their dreams will become reality.

The to-do list is enormous (although, weirdly, buying chickens appears to be at the top of it) and, of course, the project has fallen behind schedule. “Sometimes things don’t go quite to plan,” grumbles the usually cheery Dick, while Angel is happily working on the frills and furbelows that will bring their home to life. Are the cracks finally showing?


Dick and Angel decide they will live as self-sufficiently as they can while restoring the chateau, and invest in some chickens to provide them with eggs for breakfast every morning. However, they still have countless problems to deal with, and have only £20,000 left to spend on the project. The chateau is still without either heating or water, while the 59 windows are crumbling. While Dick's renovations fall behind schedule, Angel is in her element coming up with ideas for what the finished building will look like.

Cast & Crew

Director Paul Crompton
Executive Producer Steve Havers