A television crew followed Country Life journalists going about their work over the course of an eclectic 18 months, from North Uist to Dorset.
Friday nights are taken care of for the next three weeks, with an engaging three-part documentary on BBC2 (March 4, 11 and 18 at 9pm and BBC Two Scotland at 9pm on Weds 9, 16, 23 March) that goes behind the scenes of Country Life, a national institution since 1897. Land of Hope and Glory: British Country Life, directed by Jane Treays for Spun Gold, reflects the magazine’s vast reach and influence as a tastemaker on architecture, gardens, landscape, farming, conservation, rural tradition and the Arts.
Breathtaking cinematography shows off the glorious British landscape and viewers will meet the nation’s naughtiest dog, go backstage for a Frontispiece shoot and the judging of Gentleman of the Year and follow Fine Arts Editor Mary Miers’s epic commute from Scotland. Also revealed are the true cost of running a country house, the reality of cattle farming and what goes into opening a garden to the public— all part of a week’s work in the eclectic world of Country Life.
Sage Thompson, huntsman of the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray hounds, explains why he has the best job in the countryside