Kirkharle stars in documentary

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A Northumberland visitor attraction will take centre stage in a new TV series about Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

The More4 series will consist of three programmes devoted to the work of the visionary landscape gardener as Alan Titchmarsh follows his horticultural hero’s career.

I spent a delightful, if chilly, day filming at Kirkharle Courtyard.

Alan Titchmarsh

And the first show, airing tonight, takes in Brown’s birthplace, Kirkharle.

Owners Kitty and John Anderson took the presenter to nearby St Wilfrid’s Church to see Brown’s baptism record of 1716 and showed his original landscape drawings for Kirkharle.

Brown was schooled at Cambo and became an apprentice gardener on the Kirkharle estate for William Loraine until at the age of 23 he left Northumberland to seek his fortune in the south of England.

Mr Titchmarsh said: “I spent a delightful, if chilly, day filming at Kirkharle Courtyard with Kitty and John. It is remarkable and quite special that the birthplace of ‘Capability’ Brown is marked not only by their care of it, but also celebrated in their new Brown landscape that has been so thoughtfully restored.

“Kitty is a wealth of information on Brown’s time and made his history at Kirkharle come alive.

“I wish everyone associated with Kirkharle Courtyard the very best for 2016 in celebrating Brown’s birth there exactly 300 years ago.”

The series will culminate with a huge landscaping project at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, using Brown’s original drawings. The first programme can be seen tonight at 9pm.