New Acton Scott BBC2 Television Show ‘Escape in Time’ Expected on Air February 2010

New Acton Scott BBC2 Television Show ‘Escape in Time’ Expected on Air February 2010

A new BBC Television daytime series, ‘Escape in Time’, presented by Ben Fogle and filmed on the Acton Scott estate in South Shropshire is expected to go on air daily (Monday - Friday) from Summer 2010.

Escape in Time was produced by the same team behind the BBC2 hit TV series’, ‘Victorian Farm’ and ‘Victorian Farm Christmas’, also filmed at Acton Scott.  The new show provides everyday families with the opportunity to escape the modern world and rediscover the practical skills and self sufficiency of our 19th century forebears.

Ben Fogle said: “I jumped at the chance to do Escape in Time. It doesn’t set out to show the worst in people, which reality TV too often does.  Instead, the producers depict the best in the families and how they cope with hardships.”

Produced by Lion Television in September and October 2009, Escape in Time consists of twenty x 45 minute programmes.  Tom and Rupert Acton assisted the producers in devising tasks and cast a watchful eye over the endeavours of the families throughout. While many of the resident demonstrators at the Historic Working Farm, can be seen passing on their expert skills.

David Upshal, executive producer at Lion Television, said:   “It’s great to have returned to the Acton Scott estate to produce a new TV show, after the phenomenal success of Victorian Farm.  I like to think of our follow up in Escape in Time as being a sort of ‘Generation Game meets the Good Life’. 

Rupert Acton, who manages the estate, said: “Everyone at Acton Scott has worked really hard to support this new show.  It’s also been hugely gratifying to see how much the contestants enjoyed their visit with some saying they were actually reluctant to return to 21st century living! 

“Extending and enriching the visitor experience at Acton Scott remains a priority in 2010.  Current opportunities include staying at our authentic Victorian Holiday Cottage, joining one of a number of courses in traditional rural trades and crafts at the Historic Working Farm or enjoying a new guided walk, developed with The Shropshire Way.”

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Date Posted: 20th January 2010

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