Chateau DIY showreel

Take a look at our showreel from the last series.

Ancient Egypt By Train

In this 4-part historical travelogue series for Channel 4, anthropologist, TV presenter and author Professor Alice Roberts, uses one of the world’s oldest rail networks to explore one of the world’s most ancient civilisations.

Guiding viewers around modern Egypt while transporting them 5,000 years into the past, Alice unlocks the secrets of the incredible country that was at the epicentre of the ancient world for 3,000 years. This series is produced in collaboration with Bossanova Media.

The Tower

Oti Mabuse (Strictly / Dancing on Ice / The Masked Dancer) hosts The Tower, a new prime-time game show pilot for a major UK broadcaster.

Set in a unique world, The Tower is a thrilling new big-money game show that tests contestants’ general knowledge, strategic thinking and judgement to the max.

CHATEAU DIY at Christmas

Chateau DIY at Christmas takes a look at how some of the families from the main series prepare for the season on a chateau-sized scale. From restoring parts of their beautiful buildings for exciting events to creating epic festive decorations and unique ways to celebrate the big day we follow the highs and lows of these adventurous DIY-ers as they prepare to mark this special time of year.


Having worked hard running successful businesses and completing numerous DIY tasks, for many owners the holiday season is not a time to put their feet up.  There are big ambitious projects to complete as well as smaller ones to pull off to make the big day perfect.  Packed with handy take-home tips as well as beautiful transformations, this series delivers all the excitement and drama of living in a chateau over the festive period. (TX Christmas 2022 on Channel 4)

Tool Club

Following a successful pilot, Channel 4 has commissioned a fifteen-part series of Tool Club from Sheffield-based Spark North and Scotland-based Beezr Studios, for Channel 4 daytime.

Kate Thomas, who commissioned the series for Channel 4 said “We are delighted to have worked with Spark North and Beezr to grow this brilliant show from a development to TX pilot and now a fully-fledged, and utterly brilliant series.”

Joff Powell, Spark Media’s Creative Director said: “We’re delighted to have secured Spark North’s first series commission working alongside BEEZR and can’t wait to build on what our Tool Club achieved in the pilot to help a nation in need of some serious DIY training.”

We might all have attempted to spruce up our surroundings recently, but with millions of pounds spent each year rectifying the DIY jobs Brits have botched at home, this series will offer useful tips and hacks to help us skill up and offer some practical inspiration to everyone bored of the same four walls.

In the series, which will transmit on Channel 4 in 2023, Tool Club host Kevin Duala leads a four-strong team of creative DIY experts alongside Jessica Grizzle (all-round DIY expert), Julia Miller-Osborn (expert carpenter) and Mac McMurdo (Designer and Upcycler) as they tackle botched DIY projects. The team will be taking on everything from ambitious builds to small repairs, with each project giving viewers at home a handy guide of useful tips, hacks and practical inspiration.

CHATEAU DIY – Series 6

Due to transmit in late 2021

Filming started in November 2020 and continues throughout 2021. In Chateau DIY series 6 we catch up with all our favourite chateau owners as they continue their restoration projects, run their current businesses and launch some fantastic new ones.

Celebrating the ambitious people turning their dreams into a reality across France, we’ve already got some incredible stories in the pipeline. These include massive renovation jobs and a complete overhaul of a huge garden – a task that even the horticulturalists at Kew Gardens would run a mile from!

We will be spending even more time with our families, getting to know them better as they organise trips out of their chateaus and into the local towns and countryside giving viewers further insight into their French lifestyle.

Post 2020, our owners have delayed events to re-book and weddings to be rescheduled – all alongside the bookings for 2021 they already had in the diary. So we know, with confidence, that series 6 is going to be packed full with renovations, builds, events and even more trials and tribulations from across the channel.

CHATEAU DIY – Series 5

Due to transmit early 2021

Chateau DIY is back. Filming started at the end of 2019 and continued throughout 2020. With a year of lockdowns and travel bans, our fantastic family of chateau owners face huge obstacles to keep their chateaus up and running whilst also trying to maintain their businesses and renovation projects.

Familiar faces return as they battle to restore their once unloved buildings into the fairytale castles they have always dreamt of. With jaw-dropping renovations in the caves under one chateau, a luminous entrance hall makeover in another, alongside the never-ending work on a gite – series 5 continues to bring all the drama and tension viewers know and love but ultimately basks in the beautiful makeovers that our chateaux families achieve.

We introduce 2 new ‘chateau shopping’ couples, desperate to leave the UK and bag a dream home in France; welcome a brand new family to the series; and spend time getting to know our families in more detail as we follow some beautifully-crafted personal project stories.

ETTC DIY – Series 4

First aired – 30th November to 11th December 2020

We catch up with our heroic chateaux owners as they continue to build, renovate and rejuvenate these old buildings, many of which have been left empty for decades.

Major business launches are in the pipeline for some of the chateaux and one of our regular faces has an unexpected arrival whilst hosting a wedding.

As usual, things don’t always go smoothly for our hard-working families but each of them are determined to get the jobs done, the events run smoothly and the renovations completed – with truly remarkable results.

ETTC DIY – Series 3

Escape to the Chateau DIY Series 3 (Produced by Kindling Media) had 20 episodes and premiered on 23rd March 2020.

ETTC DIY – Series 2

Following the success of series 1, Escape to the Chateau DIY returns on Wednesdays 5pm Channel 4.

ETTC DIY – Series 1

The daytime series Escape to the Chateau DIY was Channel 4’s biggest daytime launch since 2010.

Escape to the Chateau DIY has been nominated in the Best Daytime category at The Broadcast Awards  2019 – a fantastic accolade from the UK TV industry’s biggest and most influential magazine.

Broadcast Awards Shortlist 2019

ETTC – Series 7 & 8

Produced by Kindling Media

Escape to the Chateau – Series 7 & 8 (Produced by Kindling Media) has been commissioned (8 episodes) and these will transmit in 2019.

ETTC – Series 5 & 6

‘Proper fairytale, it is really romantic. That’s it, I’m inspired – inspired to Google “chateaus for sale”’
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian


“This is perfectly cast fantasy television full of innocent charm but also inspiringly practical.”
Jasper Rees, The Telegraph


“Most property makeover shows are a superficial business, but Escape To The Chateau (C4) is a renovation project on a seismic scale.”
Christopher Stevens, The Daily Mail

ETTC – Series 3 & 4

We return to catch up with Dick & Angel Strawbridge as they enjoy their third year in the Chateau de la Motte. Get ready for more makeover, craft and engineering on the grandest of scales.


Daily Mail

Complete France




ETTC – Series 2

We return to catch up with Dick & Angel Strawbridge as they enjoy their second year in the Chateau de la Motte. Get ready for more makeover, craft and engineering on the grandest of scales.

ETTC – Series 1

Escape to the Chateau is an observational documentary series following the fortunes of retired army colonel turned eco-warrior, Dick Strawbridge and his partner Angel Adoree as they struggle to renovate their newly-acquired dilapidated French chateau.



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