TV explores world of Chatsworth

Lionheart Project. three larger than life crochet lions in the grounds of Chatsworth House, Pead District'See Story  Martin Slack  Picture by Chris Lawton'1st May   2012
Lionheart Project. three larger than life crochet lions in the grounds of Chatsworth House, Pead District'See Story Martin Slack Picture by Chris Lawton'1st May 2012

A PRIME-time BBC1 TV programme that goes behind the scenes at Chatsworth starts on Monday at 9pm.

Three one-hour documentaries, with commentary by actor Max Beesley, are the result of the 12th Duke of Devonshire agreeing to let in the cameras for the first time.

The film crew was granted unprecedented access to the estate, the people who live and work there, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the Dowager Duchess (the last of the famous Mitford sisters) and characters among the 700 staff. Among them are Chatsworth’s first female head guide, Heather Redmond, Matthew Hirst, who displays the world-class art collection and exhibitions, Andre Birkett, who manages the farm shop, and head farmer Ian Turner.

lChatsworth Park is displaying three giant crocheted lions in an illuminated glass case as part of Arts Council England’s Lionheart project until June 10.

The work of artist Shauna Richardson will be installed in London’s Natural History Museum in time for the Olympics.