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Stowe

Episode 2 of 4

Series exploring four iconic gardens looks at Stowe, which launched the career of Capability Brown and fostered a rebellion that overthrew the first British prime minister.

Stowe, one of the most remarkable creations of Georgian England, is the birthplace of the landscape garden. Created on a vast scale with 36 temples, eight lakes and a dozen avenues, Stowe launched the career of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown and fostered a rebellion that overthrew the first British prime minister, Robert Walpole.

Rather than being a garden of flowers and shrubs, Stowe is a garden of ideas and its grottos and classical monuments spell out a furious, coded political manifesto. Stowe's creator, Viscount Cobham, dreamt of climbing to the pinnacle of political power and establishing a long-lived dynasty, but less than a century after his death, his family was to become the most scandalous bankrupts in English history.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 4 Oct 2017 23:00

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:45

    Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto For Two Mandolins In G Major Rv532 (Allegro)

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Role Contributor
Producer Ruairi Fallon
Director Ruairi Fallon
Executive Producer Katie Buchanan

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