BBC TWO viewers vote to save our national heritage
BBC and Endemol UK have joined forces with Britain's heritage bodies
for a major new series which will see viewers across the country
voting to save their most prized building.
will take us to all corners of the UK to reveal the architectural
treasures we could lose forever. Viewers will then be able to have
their say on which building they think should be restored to its
one-hour programmes will each be devoted to a geographical area
of the UK and will touch on the many fascinating and varied buildings
at risk within it.
style will be featured - from cottages to castles, railway stations
to chapels all dating from the earliest times right up to
the 20th century.
on the expertise of English Heritage and other heritage bodies,
each episode will focus on two or more properties in the region
- bringing them to life, unearthing their social and architectural
inheritance and inviting viewers to imagine the romance of their
will draw on the memories and knowledge of local residents, owners
and conservation groups who love and value these buildings and those
who are fighting to preserve them for future generations.
the end of each programme viewers will be invited to vote for which
of the buildings they would most like to see restored. Each "winning"
building will go through to a final shortlist of ten.
series will climax with a magnificent live event where a UK-wide
interactive poll will decide which building is most worthy of restoration.
Root, Controller of BBC TWO, said: "I've been interested for
a long time in commissioning a major series for BBC TWO which not
only puts the spotlight on our national heritage but also has the
potential to do something very positive.
very excited about Restoration and really believe that television
can play an important role in focussing public attention on the
whole issue of buildings at risk in an engaging and intelligent
UK Productions' Managing Director Nikki Cheetham said: "Restoration
will reveal the grave dangers confronting our architectural heritage.
set to be compelling and emotionally engaging, but most crucially
it will give everyone a chance to take action."
Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, which plays
a key role in the series, said: "I welcome the real commitment
the BBC has shown to the viewing public by screening this major
series on the historic environment.
buildings are both our history and our future and are an invaluable
part of our lives and culture.
historic buildings through neglect and decay changes the way a town,
city or village looks forever and squanders its most valuable assets."
which is being produced by Endemol UK for BBC Scotland, is currently
in production and is due to be transmitted on BBC TWO next summer.