Chatsworth House: A Great British Year

A unique insight into Britain's best loved, iconic stately home with unprecedented access over four seasons during COVID, weaving stories and characters from the house, the gardens and the wider 35,000 acre estate belonging to the Cavendish family since 1549.


Air Date: December 25, 2021 - 43:50
After one of the toughest years on record, the Duke and Duchess are determined to make Christmas 2020 at Chatsworth House a success. With the help of their key team, they are decking their halls and transforming their garden.
Air Date: December 25, 2021 - 46:37
October brings the deer rut, when Chatsworth's stags lock horns - literally - to win the attention of their hinds. But in 2020 this annual event takes a sinister turn, with two sheep found dead close to the territory of a dominant male deer.
Air Date: December 25, 2021 - 46:29
At Chatsworth all that glitters really is gold: each window frame on the West and South fronts is covered in 1500 sheets of gold leaf. The windows were recently restored as part of a $44million renovation project.
Air Date: December 25, 2021 - 47:04
It's high summer and life across the house and estate gets back to (the new) normal. The super dry spring means there is now a water shortage, but head gardener Steve must unleash a Victorian irrigation system to recharge lakes and fountains.
Air Date: December 25, 2021 - 47:00
Chatsworth is in deep lockdown and learning to live life under the new normal. The community rallies - the estate farm shop becomes a much-needed delivery service.
Air Date: December 25, 2021 - 47:00
It's March 2020, the house emerges from deep winter hibernation anticipating a bumper year of visitors and events. But just a few days before the grand opening, corona virus starts to infect the process.