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First broadcast:
Saturday 31 December 2011

John McCarthy looks at the changing nature of the traditional attractions of England with historian John Julius Norwich, curator Lucy Worsley and journalist Martin Wainwright. Together they discuss the appeal of English places from Kensington Palace to Watford Gap and why we look for the past in palaces and cottages.

Producer: Harry Parker.

  • John Julius Norwich

    is a historian, travel writer, biographer and TV and radio presenter. For his latest book John Julius selected a hundred places, which across the centuries, were linked to some historically significant event or development in England. He has visited them all over the years from the grand palaces of Kew and Hampton Court to smaller residences such as Milton’s cottage in Chalfont St Giles and, closer to the present day, to a house he thinks is underrated, Cragside in Northumberland.

    A History of England in 100 Places: From Stonehenge to the Gherkin
    Publisher: John Murray
    ISBN-10: 1848546068
    ISBN-13: 978-1848546066

    Find out more about John Julius Norwich
  • Lucy Worsley

    is a television presenter and an author of historical books. She has been the Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces since 2003. The independent charity looks after The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace State Apartments, the Banqueting House in Whitehall, and Kew Palace in Kew Gardens.

    Find out more about Lucy Worsley
  • Martin Wainwright

    is Northern Editor of the Guardian. He has written several books including ones on the Coast to Coast Path, the fell walker Alfred Wainwright, the Mini and the Morris Minor. He co-authored the Which? Guide to Yorkshire & The Peak District. In his latest book Martin goes in search of the English Village and charts its endurance, transformation and sometimes decline.

    Book: The English Village. History and traditions
    Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
    ISBN-10: 1843177129
    ISBN-13: 978-1843177128

    Find out more about Martin Wainwright


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