Discover more Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh outside Tyntesfield

We're back on Channel 5 from the 17 November with new episodes of Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh, exploring the untold histories of our most intriguing historic homes and gardens.

In these new episodes, Alan reveals tales of exile and artistry steps back in time to the Civil War, and finds out how a fortune can be made from bird droppings.

Along the way, he’ll by joined by some familiar faces, who’ll uncover tales of passionate conservationists, a king on the run, industrial disputes and trailblazing women. 

Tune in on Tuesdays at 9pm

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Alan Titchmarsh on the roof of Kingston Lacy

Episode 4 - Kingston Lacy, Dorset 

In Dorset, Alan unearths the story of William John Bankes, an Egyptologist who filled his family mansion with treasures while exiled abroad, but never got to see them in the home he lovingly created. At Corfe Castle, Oz Clarke learns about William’s great, great, great grandmother Dame Mary Bankes, who resisted a three-year siege during the Civil War. Meanwhile, Joan Bakewell travels to Cambridge where the secrets of one of Kingston Lacy’s paintings are uncovered using new technology.

Alan Titchmarsh inside Kedleston Hall

Episode 7 - Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire 

Alan takes a peek at the original architectural plans for the neo-classical Kedleston Hall – designed by Robert Adam for his patron Sir Nathaniel Curzon as a ‘temple of the arts’. He also delves into the story of Lord Curzon who served as Viceroy of India, while Shappi Khorsandi learns about his wife Mary Leiter and her journey to become the most powerful woman in the British Raj. Meanwhile Peter Purves travels to Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire to explore Lord Curzon's passion for preserving Britain’s heritage, while Joan Bakewell visits the former home of poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling.

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