Smithsonian Channel has signed on to reveal the grandeur and fascinating backstories of the magnificent homes of Great Britain’s nobility. Through the eyes of host Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, viewers will receive an all-access pass to the amazing architecture, aristocratic inhabitants, priceless treasures and best-kept secrets of some of the United Kingdom’s most impressive estates.
Each hour-long episode will follow Viscountess Hinchingbrooke as she visits one of these lavish homes – from Gloucestershire’s Sudeley Castle to Scotland’s Inveraray Castle to her husband’s own historic family estate in Dorset – Mapperton. Montagu will go beneath the skin of these finely crafted buildings as she discovers the lifestyles of the current owners, staff and craftspeople responsible for maintaining every exquisite detail, revealing what it really takes to maintain such storied estates for future generations.
The Smithsonian channel has announced their arrival to the UK & Europe, launching Mid-Feburary, 2019. Nutshell are delighted to be producing a brand new series for this exiting new venture. ‘American Aristocrat’ will follow the Viscountess of Hitchingbrook, Julie Montagu, as she explores the great country houses of Britain. As somebody who joined the British aristocracy through marriage, Julie will access and explore this rarified world from both an outsider and insider's perspective, immersing into these extraordinary homes like nobody before.
“Smithsonian Channel will launch in the UK with a string of local commissions including When Tariq Ali Met Malcolm X, a show about the friendship between two controversial firebrands, and Mystic Britain, which reveals the secrets of the UK’s most mysterious sites and is fronted by Clive Anderson… [and] a new series with the American-born Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke…”
Kaltrina Bylykbashi, TBI Vision
Nutshell are honoured to see all episodes from our returning SKY Arts series, ' Treasures of the British Library' being made part of the library’s permanent ‘Sound & Vision Collection’. Episodes will be available onsite to all British Library Readers - how’s that for posterity!
In November, 2018 we inked a deal for a brand-new format that will introduce a box fresh talent to screens around the world. We’ll follow the ‘American Aristocrat’ as she’s invited to take a deeper look behind the visitor’s ropes and closed doors of some of Britain’s most breathtakingly stately residential properties; giving an insider’s perspective to working, living and paying for these enviable abodes. In production now.