New 2018 series of Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh

We’re back for a second series of Channel 5’s Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh, getting a behind-the-scenes look at some of our most intriguing historic homes and gardens.

Follow Alan as he embarks on a 12-part journey across the Trust and visits a different property each week to unlock its secrets. Along the way he’ll be joined by some familiar faces, who will uncover tales of high society, life below stairs and the trials, triumphs and scandals of our great estates.

10 of the episodes have now aired, and we'll be returning to your screens for the final two episodes in autumn 2018. In the meantime, why not relieve the stories that have been uncovered so far?

" The enormity and quality of these houses is astonishing. I think in that respect there is something other-worldly about these places."
- Alan on the series locations
Aerial view of Dunham Massey

Episode 10 - Dunham Massey, Cheshire 

Alan uncovers the scandal that rocked local Victorian society, when the seventh Earl of Stamford, George Harry Grey, rebelled against expectations and married a beautiful circus performer. The reaction forced them to flee and leave the estate to decline, until it found a new purpose as a military hospital during the First World War. Louis Emerick and Angellica Bell meet Dunham’s resident bees and historic deer herd while Nigel Havers travels to Smallhythe in Kent to learn about a revered Victorian performer: actress Dame Ellen Terry.

Still to come in autumn 2018
Exterior of Kingston Lacy and flowerbeds

Episode 11 - 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 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.

Exterior of the gothic house at Tyntesfield

Episode 12 - Tyntesfield, North Somerset 

At Tyntesfield, Alan learns about the rise of William Gibbs, who became the richest non-aristocrat in 19th-century Britain through the trade of guano - otherwise known as bird droppings. Meanwhile, Chef Tony Singh and presenter Miriam O’Reilly explore beyond the Victorian Gothic house to discover the estate’s gardens, while Louis Emerick visits Mr Straw’s House in Nottinghamshire where, like Tyntesfield, it seems as though time has stood still for almost a century.