This episode concentrates on two of the 16 special events that provide an income to support the upkeep of the house. The Duchess presides over the Chatsworth International Horse Trials, 75 fences over a 300 acre course, which in 2011 is an offical qualifier for the London Olympics. Plus, the 2011 season sees the third annual Chatsworth flower festival, "Florabundance." The event is complicated by unseasonably warm spring weather and attacks on the plants by the estate's pheasants, rabbits, and mice. Another problem is the wrinkly table cloth in the grand dining room; the public is only noticing the creases and not the magnificent table settings. [58 minutes]
Series Description: CHATSWORTH HOUSE is an engaging three-part series that provides an access-all-areas experience inside one of Britain's most majestic stately homes. What is life like today for the 12th Duke of Devonshire who inherited the estate which has been in his family for 450 years? What really transpires behind closed doors? What is life like for the staff of 700 who work on the premises? With all the characters you'd expect to find in a great house, like the head housekeeper who maintains the 300 rooms, and the gamekeepers whose pheasants end up on the dining table, CHATSWORTH HOUSE is a fascinating look at class and tradition in a modern world that plays out like a real-life Downton Abbey.
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These episodes of Chatsworth House aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.