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BBC's 'Escape to the Country' spends the afternoon at Chichester Cathedral (posted 29 September 2015)

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BBC's 'Escape to the Country' spends the afternoon filming at Chichester Cathedral

The Dean is interviewed by Nicky Chapman, Presenter of 'Escape to the Country'
The Dean is interviewed by Nicky Chapman, Presenter of 'Escape to the Country'

UPDATE: The edition of BBC's Escape to the Country that was filmed on location at Chichester Cathedral will be broadcast on BBC 1 at 2.25pm on Thursday 4th August 2016.

BBC's Escape to the Country spent the afternoon filming in the Cathedral yesterday for an episode of the popular TV show due to be broadcast towards the beginning of 2016. Escape to the Country is a programme which helps people find their dream home while showcasing the great British countryside and its heritage. The camera crew, who are travelling with a family looking to relocate to the Chichester area, visited the Cathedral and filmed from areas including the base of the spire and the Cathedral Bell Tower.

Nicky Chapman, the presenter, interviewed the Dean, the Very Reverend Stephen Waine, and asked him about the history of the Cathedral and the role it has traditionally played in people's lives throughout the ages. She also asked him how that role has changed over the years.

 

Nicky Chapman interviews the Cathedral Bell Ringers
Nicky Chapman interviews the Cathedral Bell Ringers

The programme also focused on the huge restoration challenges that are ahead for the Cathedral. Nicky and the camera crew climbed the many spiral stairs to the base of the spire to examine the state of the Cathedral's copper roof which is now failing and heard about numerous other problems such as deathwatch beetle and decaying medieval roof timbers. Tony Allen, the Cathedral's Acting Clerk of Works, explained that the cost of replacing the Cathedral's roof would run into many millions of pounds. Nicky then braved another hundred plus spiral steps up the Cathedral's Bell Tower to meet the Cathedral Bell Ringers. Chichester has the only surviving medieval, stand alone, Bell Tower at an English Cathedral and it is also in need of urgent restoration. Erosion of the exterior stonework has caused the masonry to crumble and fall off resulting in the whole exterior of the Bell Tower being encased in netting to reduce the risk from falling stones. The estimated cost to restore the exterior of the Bell Tower is five million pounds.

The film crew were also keen to feature some of the artworks which the Cathedral is famous for. These included the unique tudor paintings by Lambert Barnard, know as the Lambert Barnard panels, the stained glass window by Marc Chagall and the magnificent tapestries by John Piper and Ursula Benker-Schirmer.

Click here to find out more about the BBC's Escape to the Country.

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