TV series goes behind the scenes at Northumberland attractions

A new 20-part television series, which starts on Sunday, takes a closer look at some of the country’s National Trust properties.

ITV is showcasing six Trust locations, including Cragside and the Farne Islands, during the series, which reveals just what goes on behind the scenes to keep these special places open.

Cragside house. Ref: JCNG cragside tv 3

Cragside house. Ref: JCNG cragside tv 3

Europe’s largest conservation charity, the Trust welcomes more than 20million people every year to its 300 historic properties and an estimated 100million to the coast and countryside in its care. It has four million members and 70,000 volunteers.

Broadcast journalist Michael Buerk will rediscover some of Britain’s best-loved landscapes, uncover hidden secrets and meet the people behind the scenes of the National Trust in this new docu-series.

In each episode, he will also try his hand at a new skill and works alongside Trust staff and volunteers as they make sure that everything is cared for and welcoming for visitors.

The first episode airs on Sunday at 12.25pm on ITV1.

For more from some of the staff featured during the series, see next Thursday’s Northumberland Gazette.