Highclere: Behind The Scenes | Preview (Channel 4)
With exclusive access to the real Downton Abbey - Highclere Castle - this series follows the highs and lows of the colourful modern-day Lord and Lady Carnarvon and their loyal staff, as they strive to make up for lost time with a busy calendar of events.
After almost three years of closures due to the pandemic, the renowned house and gardens open their doors for Easter. With running costs of £10,000 a day, this family-owned estate needs a good start to their busy season to recoup losses, and it's all hands on deck for the small team.
Lady Carnarvon becomes an unexpected tour guide for some Americans who've turned up expecting a private tour of the famous castle. Head butler Luis, who's used to serving royalty and VIPs, mans the drinks and ice cream kiosk on one of the hottest days of spring.
Head of visitor reception Paul dons a chauffeur cap as he prepares a precious family heirloom - the vintage 1936 Rolls-Royce - to go on display. Meanwhile, castle manager John organises an egg hunt and hopes the first major event of the season goes without a hitch.
Away from the chaos of the public opening, horse grooms Maggie and Sam are kept busy rearing Lord Carnarvon's thoroughbred racing foals, which the Earl hopes one day will pay dividends. And down on the farm, they're making the most of a busy lambing season, by promoting life on the estate to hundreds of thousands of social media followers.
Will the busiest weekend of the spring pay off for Lord and Lady Carnarvon and their dedicated team?
Highclere: Behind The Scenes begins Friday 17th March at 8pm on Channel 4.