6:00pm – Wednesday, June 13 on ABC1
Ruth Watson is back for a third series of Country House Rescue, taking on some of Britain’s biggest country houses and most historic families.
Britain’s historic buildings are central to its sense of identity, but they are in crisis. The recession has left stately home owners facing a predicament not seen since the mass demolitions of the 1960s. Can Ruth find new ways of keeping these cash-hungry buildings running, relevant and standing.
The series is narrated by Hugh Bonneville, now well known to viewers as the owner of the fictional country house, Downton Abbey, in the role of the Earl of Grantham.
In the first episode of the series, Ruth visits Wyresdale Hall in Lancashire, home to the Whewell family.
The Hall belongs to James Whewell senior and his wife Sally, who have spent decades restoring the estate to its former glory. Next in line is their son, Jim, who currently lives in London and runs a successful arts and music festival. At some point, his parents would like him to take over the estate, but for that to succeed they need to turn it from a money pit into a viable business. The only trouble is, James junior and senior don’t see eye to eye – the father is a traditionalist, the son a reformer. Enter Ruth Watson.
Can Ruth Watson help bring this family together and reverse their fortunes?