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Treasure Houses of Britain 3D

Sky 3D at 9:00pm (Other show times...)

Treasure Houses of Britain 3D

Selina Scott leads stunning 3D tours of Chatsworth House, Blenheim Palace, Burghley House, Holkham Hall and Boughton House, presenting all the grandeur of their opulent rooms, sweeping halls, rolling grounds, and fantastic art and antique collections.

In Derbyshire, Scott explores the striking, 200-foot cascade waterfall in the grounds of Chatsworth House, the former home of Bess of Hardwick and society leading light and political campaigner Georgina Cavendish, who was played by Keira Knightley in The Duchess. Inside, she examines the candid photographs of JFK taken by Deborah Duchess of Devonshire at his inauguration - a reminder that the Kennedys married into the family that built Chatsworth.

Burghley House, near Stamford in Lincolnshire, provides the grand 16th century backdrop to the annual Burghley horse trials and remains Britain's principal example of Elizabethan architecture. In its breathtaking staterooms, Selina discovers one of the finest collections of 17th century Italian masterpieces in the country, an exceptional display of Oriental and European ceramics, and fine furniture, all gathered by the Cecils down the centuries.

In comparison to Burghley and Chatsworth, Holkham Hall in Norfolk is far less ornamental, both inside and out. But, built like a huge Roman palace by the 1st Earl of Leicester, its saloon walls are lined with red velvet on which Ruben's Return from Egypt hangs. Intriguing staterooms are all symmetrical, balanced with false doors.

Boughton Hall in Northamptonshire began life as a simple Tudor mansion. However, Selina discovers that it was radically changed when Ralph Montagu took over in 1683.

He brought French architectural influences and elegance to the English landscape, transforming the mansion into a hall described today as 'The English Versailles'.

And, visiting the birth place of Winston Churchill at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, Selina explores its long galleries and discovers the exquisite tapestries commissioned by the Duke of Marlborough to celebrate his military triumph at the Battle of Blenheim.

Beautifully capturing these five magnificent historical homes, Sky 3D explores our nation's heritage in a way that has never been done before.

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