Great Houses with Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes takes us on a journey to discover the real people behind two of Britain's most incredible houses, Burghley House and Goodwood House. In this compelling two-part factual series Julian plays detective and unearths the houses' amazing history, both through the lives of those that owned them and those that served in them. They are the stories of the real Lady Marys and Lord Granthams, the real Bates and Anna. Julian says: "The families who built and lived in these houses were governing the country. Their servants were making the whole thing work. Pretty well all of us have got ancestors who were either giving orders, or taking them, or probably both".

From the most significant moments in our history, the execution of Mary Queen of Scots and the Battle of Waterloo, to the uncovering of untold stories of scandalous marriage, a lusty painter, a cruelly slain cook, a groom murdered and a tragic story of a disgraced dairy maid. Julian's discoveries and powerful storytelling bring history to a human level. He shows us that these houses are part of all our history: "These are not just houses for posh people to live in, their history belongs to all of us".

Show Info

Airs on: United Kingdom ITV (2013 - 2013)
Schedule: Tuesdays at 21:00 (60 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Documentary
Episodes ordered: 2 episodes

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Previous Episode

Goodwood House

Episode 1x02; Jan 29, 2013

At Goodwood House in Sussex, for 300 years the home of the Dukes of Richmond, Julian discovers the story of how the house and the family owe their existence to a love affair between King Charles and a French spy.He uncovers an unpublished memoir writ

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x02: Goodwood HouseJan 29, 2013
1x01: Burghley HouseJan 22, 2013
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