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Author: Samuel West; Jeremy Dear; Australia. Special Broadcasting Service.
Publisher: [Australia] Madman Entertainment [distributor], ©2013. [2014].
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The enormous popularity of period costume dramas set in the English countryside has led to huge interest in the real-life stories of the amazing stately homes that dot the landscape and often serve as the settings for these lush productions. This five-part series explores four of the bestknown homes in England, and provides a primer for understanding the inner workings of the British stately homes in the early 20th  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Nonfiction television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
History
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel West; Jeremy Dear; Australia. Special Broadcasting Service.
OCLC Number: 881255214
Language Note: In English; English subtitles for the hard of hearing.
Notes: "SBS1613".
Originally released: 2013.
"SBS"--Cover.
Credits: Executive producer: Jeremy Dear.
Performer(s): Narrated by Samuel West.
Target Audience: Censorship classification: PG.
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 260 min.) : sound, colour ; 12 cm.
Details: DVD; all regions.
Contents: Disc 1: Episodes 1-3: Secrets of the Manor House ; Secrets of Highclere Castle ; Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace, Hampton Court --
Disc 2: Episodes 4-5: Secrets of Chatsworth ; Secrets of Althorp, The Spencers.

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The enormous popularity of period costume dramas set in the English countryside has led to huge interest in the real-life stories of the amazing stately homes that dot the landscape and often serve as the settings for these lush productions. This five-part series explores four of the bestknown homes in England, and provides a primer for understanding the inner workings of the British stately homes in the early 20th century, as well as revealing the incredibly rich history of their occupants. Secrets of the Manor House: Exactly 100 years ago, the world of the British stately homes was at its height. It was a life of luxury and indolence for a wealthy few supported by the labour of hundreds of servants toiling ceaselessly "below stairs" to make the lives of their lords and ladies run as smoothly as possible. But what was really going on behind these stately walls? Secrets of the Manor House looks beyond the fiction to the truth of what life was like in these British houses of yesteryear. Secrets of Highclere Castle: Secrets of Highclere Castle is the true story of one of the world's most famous homes, Highclere Castle in England. Famous as the location backdrop to the hugely popular costume drama Downton Abbey, the castle also has its own extraordinary tales to tell. Secrets of Highclere Castle gives a privileged, behind-the-scenes taste of what it is like to be a modern-day Lord and Lady living in a home with 1300 years of English history. Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace - Hampton Court: Hampton Court is the ultimate royal pleasure palace - embodying the indulgent and grandiose kingship built by Cardinal Wolsey and developed by Henry VIII. Through its rooms, we chart King Henry VIII's decline from fit young warrior to bloated womaniser and recall the vivid stories of the ladies who became his queens. Go beneath the brick and stone of this true pleasure palace and now thriving tourist location to uncover an abundance of art and stories that bring Hampton Court alive. Secrets of Chatsworth: In its 500-year history, Chatsworth has been home to some notable inhabitants, among them the 5th Duke of Devonshire, his wife, Lady Georgiana Spencer, and Lady Elizabeth Foster, who lived together in a ménage à trois. King Edward VII enjoyed shooting parties on the estate and was often entertained by Duchess Louisa, one of Britain's foremost political hostesses. Secrets of Althorp - The Spencers: Althorp, childhood home and final resting place of Princess Diana, is currently the home of Diana's brother, Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer. Nineteen generations of Spencers have presided over this grand estate for more than 500 years. The Spencer dynasty has produced politicians, military heroes, dukes and duchesses and will one day furnish Britain with a king: Diana's son, Prince William. Noted for their generosity, the Spencers once came to the rescue of a distant cousin fallen on hard times: the great-great-great-grandfather of George Washington.

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