ITV1 Orders ‘Historical Houses’ Factual Series From ‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes

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ITV1 has ordered a new two-part factual series from Downton Abbey creator and executive producer Julian Fellowes.

Julian Fellowes’ Historical Houses will see Fellowes explore the great houses of England and unearth untold stories by digging into the houses rich history and even uncovering secrets hidden in century old paintings. The houses have their heroes and villains. There are stories of people who fortune smiled upon, and less fortunate souls who found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Descendants of the previous inhabitants of the house and those living and working there today will hear about those who went before them. Historical Houses is being produced by NBCUniversal’s Chocolate Media, with Alan Brown serving as executive producer and Louise Wardle and Jenny Dames on board as directors.

“The great houses of Britain have for centuries been the guardians of much of our history, not just of the families who built and lived in them, but of the people who worked there, of the local area, of all of us”, said Lord Julian Fellows. “Where they have remained in the hands of the original families, the archives are rich in their stories and I have been on the trail of just a few of these.”