Alan Titchmarsh is back for a second series of Secrets of the National Trust, giving us an insider’s view into Britain’s most intriguing estates and properties, as he uncovers hidden stories, is given privileged access to unseen objects and is taken behind the scenes of our great historic houses. In this 12 x 60” series, produced by Spun Gold TV for Channel 5, Alan will again be based at a different location for each episode, joined by a variety of experts as well as a host of familiar faces who will be helping him to unlock Britain’s extraordinary past through these great properties and the people who have lived in them.
Timothy West and Prunella Scales are in heaven on their latest water-based jaunt as they venture up the Rio Douro in Portugal. The pair are fond of a tipple and are following the route from Porto taken by the port barges up the river, stopping at the odd estate to sample some of the fortified wine that is much loved by the British. However, it’s not all about getting tipsy, so the couple also visit a site of historical important and negotiate the deepest lock in Europe. “It’s so beautiful here, one hardly needs alcohol,” West says. “But it helps,” Scales replies.
Joe Clay, The Times