Restoration show hits our screens

By Rosanna Holmes,
29th June 2011 - 10:28
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New BBC Two series follows six homeowners as they rescue their properties from dereliction 

For anyone who's ever dreamt of renovating a period property but has never been brave enough to give it a go, new show Restoration Home, which starts next week, may just inspire you to take the leap.

 

The series goes behind the scenes of ambitious restoration projects as it follows six homeowners attempting to transform crumbling buildings into 21st-century homes, revealing all the challenges and dramas they encounter along the way.

Presented by Caroline Quentin, a keen home restorer herself, the six episodes feature a dilapidated Victorian gothic revival church in Somerset, a Palladian mansion in Derbyshire, a 14th-century manor near Milton Keynes, a ruined house in Pembrokeshire, a pumping station in West Sussex and a Northamptonshire property on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register.

Architectural expert and journalist Kieran Long and social historian and novelist Dr Kate Williams help to unravel the history of the properties, unearthing intriguing tales of kings, queens, civil unrest and murder, as each building is rescued from dereliction.

Tune in on Tuesdays at 8pm on BBC Two from 5th July.