History of Burghley House to be explored in upcoming TV series with Downton Abbey creator

PUBLISHED: 09:15 18 January 2013

Burghley House. Pictured: Burghley House

Burghley House. Pictured: Burghley House

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PETERBOROUGH’S Burghley House, one of England’s greatest Elizabethan houses, will be profiled in an upcoming TV series.

ITV’s ‘Great Houses’ will explore the history of the 16th Century house and uncover untold stories, such as the murder of cook Thomas Binkwell.

The factual series will be presented by Julian Fellows, the creator of period drama Downton Abbey.

Miranda Rock, Burghley House Director, said: “We so enjoyed working with Julian Fellowes on the making of this programme.

“His extraordinary knowledge of life upstairs and downstairs in the English country house was invaluable in the discoveries he made about the history of Burghley.

“Understanding more about those who have lived and worked here has been fascinating and it really brings the story of the house to life.”

Burghley House, which sits on the edge of the picturesque Georgian stone town of Stamford, was completed in 1587 and has wowed visitors, whether Elizabethan royalty, locals enjoying the parkland or tourists from across the globe.

Built for Elizabeth I’s chief minister William Cecil, Lord Burghley, Burghley House is owned and maintained by Burghley House Preservation Trust.

The trust looks after a huge collection of great works of art, including one of the most important private collections of 17th century Italian paintings, the earliest inventoried collection of Japanese ceramics in the West, 18th century furniture and wood carvings by Grinling Gibbons and his followers.

For more details about visiting Burghley House, visit www.burghley.co.uk or call 01780 752451

The show begins on ITV next Tuesday at 9pm.

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