Treasure Houses of Britain

Season 1
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This is not just about some of the world's best-loved buildings, spectacular as they are; it is about the treasures within that tell a human story, from the tapestries which the First Duke of Marlborough commissioned to celebrate his triumph at the Battle of Blenheim, to the Italian pietra dura cabinet which the Medicis gave to the owners of Burghley - the greatest Elizabethan house in England
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  1. 1. Burghley
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    April 16, 2011
    47min
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    On this episode we explore the Cecils of Burghley; collectors on a grand scale, the rooms they designed to entertain a queen who never came, and how to keep alive England's greatest Elizabethan house.
  2. 2. Chatsworth
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    April 16, 2011
    46min
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    This time on Treasure Houses of Britain we cover Chatsworth; homes of the dukes of Devonshire. Ancestors by the score, the new duke arranges his family tree, and the greatest garden in Darbyshire.
  3. 3. Blenheim Palace
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    April 16, 2011
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    On this episode; what they did for the man who won The Battle of Blenheim, a house fit for a national hero, and memories of Winston Churchill for who's ancestors Blenheim Palace was built 300 years ago.
  4. 4. Holkham Hall
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    April 16, 2011
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    Holkham Hall, home of the Earls of Lester, a paladin mansion in the North North of countryside, and the marble hall modeled on the temples of Rome.
  5. 5. Boughten House
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    April 16, 2011
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    Boughten; the house they call the English Versailles. A jewel box in the English Countryside, and collections from yesterday, and today.

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Alastair Layzell
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Alastair Layzell
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2011
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Total Content Digital
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J. SimmonsReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2014
2.0 out of 5 stars
Treasure Houses of Britain
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This was not what it appeared to be. I had expected to see the interior of some beautiful old British homes but was shown maybe 3 rooms in each. Most interior shots were of the same spot in the house, over and over again. I was very disappointed.
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PudgeReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2015
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That's it?
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Very disappointed with the DVD's. Focuses on the star of the show and not the house. Just shows a few rooms with a short chat.
Save your money.
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Maria AragonReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2012
2.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing
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I love my old VHS tapes of a previous series about English Houses, which tied in with an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art back in the 80's. I cherish them because they really are well done. This series is flawed though. There were issues with the sound: sometimes the music was drowning out whomever the hostess of the series was interviewing. There were too many repetitive shots of the properties from the outside and not enough focus on the actual treasures the title promotes, unlike the previous series which was all about the artistic wonders stored in those old places, with loving camerawork for the viewer to enjoy. I was also incredibly frustrated at how often the hostess of the series would comment on some portrait or work of art in front of her or behind her without there being a decent close up view of the work of art or portrait. And sometimes the camera angles were illogical, making it hard to see the art being discussed. Very disappointing. I recommend firing up the old VHS player and getting copies of the older series - which I wish they would transfer to DVD!
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EGSZReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2014
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not all that informative
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I would rather see more of the houses and less of the moderator. The properties are beautiful and the series does not do them justice.
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Lisa SchuremanReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2013
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Totally enjoyable!
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I thought the piece on Chatsworth would be a rehash of other DVDs out on the subject, but they took a different approach revealing new material not covered in the other DVDs. The other segments were equally as well done though I'm not sure I'd want a room-size painting of Hell in my home!
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WeHoLancerReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
This is a good overview of Treasure houses
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This is a good overview of some of the treasure houses of Britain. I just wish it was in high definition.
JulianaReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2017
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Great documentary and good price.
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barry j crooksReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2017
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intriging dvd-lavish
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