TV crews film at Chatsworth

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The Duke of Devonshire has allowed cameras to film behind-the-scenes at the Chatsworth Estate for a new prime-time TV series.

The film crew was granted unprecedented access to the 30,000 acre estate, as well as the people who live and work there, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the Dowager Dutchess and key characters among their 700 staff.

The series was filmed over the entire 2011 season and gives an insight into the relationships, dynamics and tensions of modern life in a stately home.

It also explores the wider estate including the gardens, farmyard, shops, holiday accommodation, pubs and restaurants which are located on the estate.

As ‘Chatsworth’ is a character led series, it looks at relationships between the estate’s dedicated staff.

Amongst a colourful cast of characters viewers will meet Heather Redmond as she gets to grips with being Chatsworth’s first ever female Head Guide, Matthew Hirst as he organises Chatsworth’s world-class art exhibition and Andre Birkett who came to Chatsworth as a teenager and now manages Britain’s best farm-shop.

Viewers will also watch Head Farmer Ian Turner at the height of lambing season, Jonathan Morely as he deals with 10,000 premature tulips and trainee supervisor Lewis Laybourne as he learns the ropes and is unexpectedly called upon to model Chatsworth’s new wedding brochure.

‘Chatsworth is a three-part series of one-hour documentaries for BBC1.

The first part begins on Monday 14 May at 9pm.