RESTORATION VILLAGE

Restoration Village

Factual & ArtsBBC TWO

Producer and director 2 x 60' episodes (Wales and South East England) Made with Endemol for BBC

First TX August 2006

 

Series Editor: Jeremy Cross 

Camera: Andy Jackson

 

 

Producer and director

2 x 60' episodes for the third of the BBC's Restoration Series - presented by Griff Rhys Jones - in which the public vote for the 'building at risk' that they would like to be saved. The two programmes that I produced and directed were in Wales and the South East of England.

In Wales, the buildings in contention were a neo-Tudor Institute  donated by Anglesey boy-made-good, Sir John Prichard Jones (managing director of the former Dickins & Jones Department store), the Pen Yr Orsedd Slate Quarry Workshops, set in a spectacular mountainous setting in Snowdonia and  Pembrey Court Farm in Carmarthenshire - an early 16th century Tudor manor house allegedly visited by Oliver Cromwell. 

In the South East corner of England, the choice was between teh completely bonkers Massey's Folly at Upper Farringdon in Hampshire, Watts Gallery at Compton in Surrey, built for George Frederic Watts, one of Britain's leading portrait painters in the late 19th century and Tollesbury Granary in Essex. it needed funds to raise it out of the spring tides and rebuild it as a visitor centre, community space and field study centre.

© 2015 Ian Lilley