Lion TV Scotland is to make a new history show for BBC2 that takes a group of craftspeople back to the Victorian Arts and Crafts era.

Anita Rani will be joined by potter and ceramic designer Keith Brymer Jones (pictured left) and arts and crafts expert Patch Rogers (pictured right) to present a new series for BBC Two, The Victorian House Of Arts And Crafts.

This new four-part series will air on BBC Two in early 2019 and transport six modern-day craftspeople back in time to live and experience first hand the ideas and practices of Arts and Crafts visionaries William Morris, John Ruskin and Gertrude Jekyll.

Cut off from 21st century life, the group of six artisans will be transported back into a remote Victorian Arts & Crafts bubble where they must breathe life back into an orginal Arts and Crafts property.

Forming a community and living and working collectively, they must decorate and furnish four key rooms, one per episode, making everything from scratch, inspired by nature and in keeping with the rules of the movement.

Patrick Holland, Channel Controller, BBC Two says: "I loved this idea because it does two things that are BBC Two at its best – revelling in the joy of making things and exploring our rich, shared past."

Emma Cahusac, Commissioner, BBC Arts, says: “I am thrilled to bring The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts to BBC Two. The series will offer viewers a unique and immersive journey into the past whilst sharing the struggles and triumphs of our six gifted artisans in the house. I really hope people will be inspired to try to find the time to incorporate arts and crafts into their own busy lives.”

The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts for BBC Two was commissioned by Emma Cahusac. Executive Producers for Lion Television Scotland are Lisa Hazlehurst and Nick Catliff. The Series Editor for Lion is Jeremy Daldry.

Staff Reporter

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