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BBC2's new series Ben Fogle's Escape in Time filmed at Acton Scott, airs from 5 July 2010

BBC2's new series Ben Fogle's Escape in Time filmed at Acton Scott, airs from 5 July 2010

Historic Shropshire estate, famous as the location for BBC's Victorian Farm, returns to TV including a cast of well known Acton Scott faces

The new series presented by Ben Fogle follows two families each week who take up the challenge of becoming Victorian farmers on the Acton Scott estate in Shropshire. The twenty x 45 minute episodes go on air daily (Monday – Fridays) at 4.30pm on BBC2, commencing Monday 5 July.

The series follows two families each week as they step back in time to learn the traditional skills of our rural ancestors, competing against each other in daily and weekly challenges: from mucking out the pigs to making a perfect cottage loaf. The family that wins the most challenges wins that week’s prize.

Produced by Lion TV, the same team behind the BBC's ratings success story Victorian Farm and Victorian Farm Christmas, the brand new television series has been described as being like “The Generation Game meets the Good Life.”

Many familiar faces from TV's Victorian Farm, are on hand to give advice and assistance and judge the contestants’ handiwork.  The production team drew inspiration from Acton Scott Historic Working Farm’s daily programme of activities with the families challenged to try a number of these tasks, judged by Tom Acton and many of the Historic Working Farm’s expert resident demonstrators.

Rupert Acton, who manages the estate, said:  "Everyone at Acton Scott worked hard to support the production of this new television series and it was hugely gratifying to see how much the families of contestants enjoyed discovering the rural life of yesteryear, with some saying they were reluctant to return to 21st living and all its gizmos!"

Michael Turner, Shropshire Council's Visitor Services Manager at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, said: "Anyone visiting the Farm will be able to see demonstrations shown in this new television series.  There are also opportunities for visitors to 'have-a-go', either by getting involved in our daily routines, or through joining one of our many courses in traditional crafts or trades."

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