A Tale of Two Castles

A Tale of Two Castles  


Filmed over ten months, this lively series is a portrait of 21st century life at two English castles, Sherborne in rural Dorset and St Michael’s Mount atop a stunning island in Cornwall.

Although wildly different in appearance, the two castles have much common ground. Each is run by an ancestral family whose lineage at their castle goes back 400 years.

Amidst the upheaval and violent change in 17th century England, two families in favour with the then rulers of the land each became owners of a castle. The Digby family took on Sherborne from the out of favour Sir Walter Raleigh, and the St Aubyns moved into St Michael’s Mount. Today, the same families are still in charge with a team of dedicated staff to run their respective castles and surrounding estates.

A Tale Of Two Castles shows how Sherborne Castle and its grounds are kept in immaculate condition as a renowned historic property, for both the seasonal visitors who come simply to enjoy the castle and lakeside gardens, and for the many spectacular events which use its glorious landscaped setting; from dragon boat races and the country fair to the ‘Ironman’ contest and wine tasting.

With special events as the backdrop, A Tale Of Two Castles contrasts the activities of staff – guides, boatmen, housekeepers, gardeners and maintenance men –against those of the two dynastic family members.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Sub Genre: Documentary

Year of Production: 2008

Running Time: 6 x half hours

Country: UK

Production Company:A Footloose TV production for ITV West & ITV Westcountry