Country Houses required for Channel 4 Series

I am writing from Betty, an award-winning television production company, regarding the second series we are making for Channel 4 about country houses. We produce highly acclaimed programmes for all the major broadcasters, including ‘Country House Rescue’,‘Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter’ and ‘Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs’.

 We are currently contacting owners of beautiful period houses across Britain and wanted to ask if you might be interested in taking part in our series.

The series is both a celebration of the history of British country houses and an exploration of what it takes to manage a stately home in the 21st century. By looking at what’s involved in their upkeep today we also hope to tell the story of how their inner workings have changed over the years.

If you are the proud owner of an historic house and would like some help and advice about managing it, this series could be for you. Maybe you have taken over your family home – along with generations of amassed possessions – and are keen to bring a sense of order to the house. Or perhaps having bought a mansion you are finding the reality of maintaining it, harder than you’d anticipated.

Working with cleaning experts – who are typically obsessive about hygiene and order – and a range of specialists in the conservation of historic homes and artefacts, the series aims to breathe fresh life into some of Britain’s most treasured homes. And, if the experience of making our previous series of Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners: Country House Rescue is anything to go by, it works:

Michael; Owner of Castle Ellen:

‘I was very impressed with the Channel 4 team of professionals. They showed great respect for myself and my family and the programme made me realise the great potential of the Historic Heritage House by decluttering, decorating and rearranging my collectables. Both my wife Margaret and I got many compliments from friends and we both share pride after your skilful team showed the character of the house in great light’

Deirdre, daughter of Michael:

‘I was happy to take part in obsessive compulsive cleaners: country house rescue and enjoyed it. My dad enjoyed doing the programme and it gave him hope that the house could be sorted out. I feel all the people involved in the show were portrayed fairly and the production company were open and transparent throughout the entire filming process.  I loved the experience and have a great show to keep as a great memory of my amazing Dad’

Diarmuid, son of Michael:

‘I was very happy with the way things went with Betty TV. The Betty TV staff were very professional at every point. Overall a very positive experience and my father was treated very well. There was respect there all the time between all involved. A great end product’

So, if it’s time you enjoyed some of the rooms that you haven’t appreciated for a while, you’d like to put your historic house back on the map, or if you’d like to nominate someone else to take part, then please get in touch to find out more about this project on 020 7290 0663 or email us at houses@betty.co.uk