Poor Michael Buerk comes face-to-face with his great aunt when he submits to an 18th-century make-up session in the latest episode of Inside the National Trust.
The 20-week behind-the-scenes ITV series features six National Trust properties, including my home, Wordsworth House and Garden.
This week, presenter Michael is made-up Georgian dandy style by costumed servant Sophia, who is also a talented 21st-century make-up artist.
We all thought he looked rather splendid in his wig, powder and paint, which she topped off with a very fetching beauty spot, but he was horrified when he saw himself in the mirror.
All he could say was: “I look like my great aunt – when I was a small boy, I was made to kiss her and I could feel all the bristles on her chin!”
On a far happier – and much more attractive – note, the following episode features a wedding at the house, with the bride and groom in gorgeous period costumes.
As all the couples who’ve been married here will testify, you would be hard-pressed to find a lovelier venue. For more information about getting married at Wordsworth House and Garden, visit our website and download the brochure.
Inside the National Trust is showing on ITV1 on Sundays, usually at around 12.25pm, over the autumn and winter – or you can catch up on your TV or PC.