We’re all reality TV stars at Wordsworth House and Garden!

25 Sep
Ready for work: Michael Buerk flanked by the maid and manservant

Ready for work: Presenter Michael Buerk flanked by the maid and manservant

At last I can tell you our big secret – Wordsworth House and Garden is one of the stars of a major new behind-the-scenes ITV series showing over the autumn and winter.

The 20-part programme, Inside the National Trust, presented by Michael Buerk and featuring six National Trust properties, will be on ITV1 every Sunday at 12.25pm from October 6.

In each episode, Michael uncovers hidden secrets about the places he visits and learns new skills.

At Wordsworth House and Garden, he experiences late 18th-century life at first hand, spending time as an apprentice manservant, with my friends the costumed servants, and with my boss, Amanda, as a trainee gardener.

The tasks he tackles include preparing strawberry fritters in front of dozens of people in the working kitchen, making liquid soap with soapwort from the garden, giving an impromptu garden tour, taking part in a “jingling match”, and getting wigged and made up as a Georgian dandy.

The results caused much hilarity among visitors, staff and volunteers – why not tune in and see for yourself?

On camera: Filming in the small walled garden

On camera: Filming in the small walled garden with Arnold, the molecatcher

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2 Responses to “We’re all reality TV stars at Wordsworth House and Garden!”

  1. Bill Paul September 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    I shall certainly be following these programmes. I was at the house when filming was taking place for the one in the kitchen. Since leaving WHG, I have visited one or two other Nat. Trust properties near me, in an attempt to find an alternative volunteering opportunity, and can now fully appreciate why we always receive such good comments from our visitors. The Wordsworth House experience is certainly hard to beat!

  2. Fletch the perchcrow September 25, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Hello Bill! Lovely to hear from you – we all miss you lots!! Hope you’re settling into your new life and that you find somewhere nice to volunteer again soon. Amanda, Alex and all the team send a big hug!

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