The BBC has ordered a second series of Hidden Treasures of the National Trust from indie Blast! By The Sea.

The first series had an average audience of nearly two million people coming to every episode.

Each episode explores a different central theme, linking the houses, their histories, and collections as they undergo conservation.

Alistair Pegg, BBC Arts commissioning editor, says: “I’m delighted to be delving behind the scenes once more at the National Trust, uncovering hidden histories of houses and their owners, secrets of the painstaking conservation carried out on beautiful objects and buildings, and the wonderful staff and volunteers who work, often unsung, across the country.”

Tarnya Cooper, Curatorial and Conservation Director at the National Trust, says: “History comes to life before you at National Trust properties. Across hundreds of places we have well over a million objects, which tell fascinating stories of the generations of people who commissioned, made and loved them.

“Looking after such diverse objects and places takes dedicated teams of people as well as expert conservators, and we hope BBC viewers will enjoy learning more about them and their work on wonderful collections ranging from must-see paintings and furniture to books and textiles to amazing architectural features.”

Hidden Treasures of the National Trust is a Blast! By The Sea production for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. The executive producers are Sacha Baveystock and Sarah Spencer. The commissioning editor for BBC Arts is Alistair Pegg.

Jon Creamer

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