John Craven and the team are at Tyntesfield in Somerset, a stately pile that celebrates Christmas in high Victorian style.
John Craven and the team are at Tyntesfield in Somerset, a stately pile that celebrates Christmas in high Victorian style. John meets the staff getting the place spruced up, and he gets measured up for his own Victorian outfit. Anita Rani tries her hand at making eco Christmas cards. Steve Brown helps make some decorations based on Victorian originals. Ellie Harrison explores the estate's ancient trees and sees the novel way they are protected from livestock. Sean Fletcher turns his hand to a bit of festive woodworking, Tom Heap looks at the plight of village halls, struggling in the festive season due to a lack of volunteers, and Adam Henson is on the farm, where cheese is being made for Christmas.
The whole team come together with a 25-strong male voice choir, in full Victorian garb, to sing us out with Ding Dong Merrily on High.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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A Very Victorian Christmas
Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than in high-old Victorian style?
And where better than at Tyntesfield in Somerset….as grand a Victorian house as you’ll find!
The team are here to take a sneak peak behind the scenes as it gears up for the festive season.
And they'll find out all about traditional Victorian Christmases and turn their hands to a little festive craftiness!
Ellie discovers how an incredible insect underworld exists beneath the bark of fallen veteran trees across the estate.
The variety and amount of unseen invertebrate life they support is extraordinary....no wonder, it’s a popular saying amongst conservationists that dead wood is dead good!
But of all the rare bugs that call Tyntesfield home, there’s one critter this Christmas that’s truly larger than life…because it's part of an art installation by Ben Winstone.
Deck The Halls!
We have the Victorians to thank for many of our modern Christmas traditions, including Christmas cards.
It was Henry Cole who came up with the first commercial Christmas cards in 1843.
They cost a shilling each and were created to spread a bit of Christmas cheer in a quick and easy way.
Today, Anita's turning to nature as inspiration for her Christmas card -and there’s plenty to draw upon in the vast green parklands and formal gardens at Tyntesfield.
Carols had been around for ages before the Victorians got hold of them and put their own particular spin on them.
The result was many of the traditional festive favourites we still sing today.
And the Countryfile team are in fine voice as they join the Owls of Pill, a local male voice choir dressed in Dickensian garb, to sing us out of a sparkling Christmas special.
|Series Producer||Joanna Brame|
|Executive Producer||William Lyons|