Channel 5 has commissioned The Cotswolds with Pam Ayres (4 x 60’) produced by True North.

The series will be presented by poet, Pam Ayres, who has called the Cotswolds her home for more than 30 years.

“In each episode, Pam will go beyond the picture postcard images and use her local knowledge to reveal both the familiar and the not so familiar gems of one of Britain’s most beautiful areas.

“From grand country estates to time-honoured businesses, Pam’s fascinating journey will uncover some of the hidden treasures and little-known facts about the Cotswolds and the people who, like her, love to call it their home.”

She will be given a special behind the scenes tour of Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, to explore its extravagant State Rooms and to discover the intriguing stories connected with Britain’s celebrated wartime leader.  Pam also boards the historic Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway for a nostalgic trip back in time across some of the Cotswolds most stunning countryside.

Pam also meets former Blur bassist Alex James to discover why he swapped sell-out concerts for life on his idyllic 200 acre Cotswolds farm and visits the city of Bath to explore its rich Roman history and to discover how it has helped inspire some of Britain’s literary greats.

Pam Ayres said: “I was delighted to be asked to present this series.  I have travelled a lot in my life, and to me there is nowhere in the world as beautiful and green and lush as the Cotswolds. The area has a character all of its own, the fields with their dry-stone walls, the hedgerows, quiet streams and dear little pubs. From potteries to palaces, it’s unique.  I love the place and I love the people.” 

Lucy Willis, Commissioning Editor, Factual, Channel 5 added: “Pam’s cheeky sense of humour makes her a wonderful guide through one of the loveliest parts of Britain. It’s great to have her in the C5 family.”

Christian Hills, Executive Producer for True North, commented: “The Cotswolds is one of the most visited regions in the UK and Pam Ayres, poet and national treasure, was the perfect choice to guide us around this scenic corner of England. Pam has called the Cotswolds her home for more than 30 years but despite knowing the place well she was still surprised to discover new and fascinating things on her doorstep.”

Jon Creamer

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