In the manor of its his­tory

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Keith (pic­tured) and Paul Martin host The Manor Re­born, a four­part se­ries, in which a team of his­to­ri­ans, ex­perts and vol­un­teers rein­ter­pret 500-year-old Ave­bury Manor in Wilt­shire, UK, putting the coun­try house into a na­tional and his­toric per­spec­tive. From the age of Elizabeth I through to the eve of World War II – and tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from other houses through­out the coun­try – the se­ries and project re­flects the story of Bri­tain over five cen­turies, ex­plor­ing a wide range of craft and fur­ni­ture-mak­ing skills. The house will be re­stored as an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence – it will be one of few Na­tional Trust prop­er­ties open to the pub­lic where vis­i­tors can touch, sit on and en­joy all as­pects of the house. This se­ries opens with de­signer Rus­sell Sage and the ex­perts, ar­chi­tec­tural writer Dan Cruick­shank and his­to­rian Anna White­lock mak­ing their pitch to per­suade the Na­tional Trust. The team want to re­flect the peo­ple who lived in the house through the decor rather than by restor­ing the rooms to their orig­i­nal state. But, steeped in tra­di­tion and his­tory, can the Na­tional Trust ac­cept the idea of in­ter­pre­ta­tion for this 500-year-old manor house?

Sun­days, 7.30pm, ABC1

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