- saving Britain's heritage
and passionate conservationist Griff Rhys Jones will be giving viewers
the chance to save one of 30 historic buildings across the UK when
he presents Restoration, a major new BBC TWO series in late summer.
of the 30 buildings will have a celebrity advocate who will highlight
the reasons their particular building should be rescued from ruin.
programmes will each be devoted to a geographical area of the UK
and will focus on three properties at risk. Every style will be
featured, from cottages and castles to factories and chapels.
buildings include Victoria Baths in Manchester; Poltimore House
in Devon, Bethesda Chapel in Stoke-on-Trent; Greyfriars Tower in
Norfolk; Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast; Llanelly House in Llanelli,
Wales; Broomfield House in Enfield, London; Kinloch Castle in Rum,
Scotland; Easthouse croft in Shetland; a TB Sanatorium in Aberdeenshire
and Wentworth Castle, near Barnsley.
the end of each programme viewers will be invited to vote for which
of the three buildings featured they would most like to see restored.
Each 'winning' building will go through to a final shortlist of
ten when the series will climax with a magnificent live programme
and event where the public will decide which building is most worthy
Root, Controller of BBC TWO said: "This summer, BBC TWO will
be bringing viewers some huge events and Restoration is the centrepiece
of this impactful schedule. Not only will viewers get to learn some
fascinating history through the buildings we feature, but we'll
be encouraging them to get out and about and actually visit some
of the UK's magnificent buildings, culminating in an open weekend
when around 4,000 heritage buildings will be open to the public
across the UK.
me, Griff feels passionately about saving our heritage from wrack
and ruin, and is currently criss-crossing the country to visit some
of these buildings in person."
the shocking statistic that one historical monument has been lost
in the UK every day since the end of World War Two, Restoration
will throw a timely spotlight on the 17,000 still at risk.
will give the audience a chance to save one of these buildings and
make their mark on history.
which is being produced by Endemol UK for BBC Scotland, is currently
in production and is due to be broadcast on BBC TWO this summer.
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