Crisis At The Castle

FRIDAY 16th January

This fascinating series follows aristocratic families struggling to hang on to their historic homes.

The Boyles have lived at Kelburn Castle on the Ayrshire coast since the 12th century and were once one of the wealthiest families in Scotland. The current occupant, Patrick Boyle, 10th Earl of Glasgow, believed that by creating a country park and opening up the castle for dinners and tours he could make Kelburn pay for itself, but he has lurched from one financial crisis to another.

FRIDAY 9th January 

Burton Court in Herefordshire has been owned by Commander Robert Simpson and his wife Helen since the 1960s. In order to maintain it, Robert started a soft-fruit farm and Helen a costume and curio museum, but recently they haven’t been making enough money to keep the house going.

Their son Edward decides that the only option is to turn Burton Court into an upmarket wedding and function venue. With most of the family savings sunk into the project, can Edward make it succeed?

New to PRIME, this trio of observational documentaries follows three aristocratic families as they struggle to hang on to their historic homes. Though their lifestyle is assumed to be idyllic, a constant battle with roof leaks, falling visitor numbers and mounting debts all put pressure on their personal relationships and their peace of mind. The three films are shot over 12 months – a critical year in the families’ fight to save their homes.

When the Dent-Brocklehursts inherited Sudeley in the 1960s it was a mess. They have struggled to turn it into a successful tourist attraction, but visitor numbers are plummeting and the castle is losing money every year.

 

Living Channel – Saturdays from 10 May, 8.30pm

Ever wondered what living an aristocratic lifestyle would be like? This trio of observational documentaries show it’s not all its cut out to be, as they follow three British aristocratic families who are struggling to hang on to their historic homes. Though their lifestyle may seem idyllic, a constant battle with roof leaks, falling visitor numbers and mounting debts all put pressure on their personal relationships and their peace of mind.