Land­mark Trust

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The Land­mark Trust res­cues and gives new life to forts, fol­lies, tow­ers and cot­tages by restor­ing them for use as hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions. But how does the char­ity go about its work? This se­ries prom­ises to of­fer some clues and tell the sto­ries be­hind some of the build­ings the Trust has saved. Film crews also fol­low two restora­tion projects: ef­forts to pre­serve the Grade I-listed St Ed­ward’s Pres­bytery in Rams­gate, which was de­signed by the Vic­to­rian ar­chi­tect Au­gus­tus Pu­gin; and the 18th-cen­tury mar­itime villa of Bel­mont in Lyme Regis, which in the 20th cen­tury be­came the home of John Fowles, au­thor of The French Lieu­tenant’s Woman. It may not quite show life as our fore­bears re­ally lived it, but the re­turn of Down­ton Abbey is al­ways a TV event – es­pe­cially as this is the fi­nal se­ries. De­tails were sketchy as WDYTYA? Mag­a­zine went to press, but we can surely ex­pect cre­ator Ju­lian Fel­lowes to give us a grand fi­nale. BBC TWO SCOT­LAND AND IPLAYER Over four episodes, painter Lach­lan Goudie traces the his­tory of Scot­tish art. It’s a tale that reaches back 5,000 years, as Goudie heads for Orkney and the stand­ing stones of the Ring of Brodgar. The se­ries also ex­plores the re­birth of Scot­tish art dur­ing the En­light­en­ment; and the way the Glas­gow Boys, in part in­spired by French artists, painted in­ti­mate scenes of late 19th­cen­tury ru­ral life.

BBC2 His­to­rian Si­mon Schama has re­cently teamed up with Na­tional Por­trait Gallery cu­ra­tors to cre­ate five tem­po­rary dis­plays within the gallery’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tions. The idea be­hind the part­ner­ship is to ex­plore the his­tory of portraiture, its de­vel­op­ment and the mes­sages that paint­ings con­vey, through five themes: power, love, fame, peo­ple and self.

The ac­com­pa­ny­ing BBC se­ries finds Schama dis­cussing artists and sit­ters who have played a key role in Bri­tain’s na­tional story, and also look­ing at how the pub­lic has re­acted to the im­ages on view. YES­TER­DAY Yes­ter­day gives much of its Oc­to­ber pro­gram­ming over to its Spy Sea­son, in­clud­ing this doc­u­men­tary that pro­files his­tor­i­cal trail­blaz­ers in the world of espionage. Ex­pect tales of Tu­dor Eng­land, France at the time of Car­di­nal Riche­lieu and the Amer­i­can Civil War.

Lach­lan Goudie presents

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