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Britain’s Novel Landscapes with Mariella Frostup


Channel 4

Executive Producer

Ian Holt


Georgina Nicholson


Bob Marsden and Annabelle Marshal


Mariella Frostup

Book lover Mariella Frostup sets off to discover how some of our most impressive and dramatic landscapes helped inspire Britain’s best loved female authors to write their great novels.

From the Brontes’ Yorkshire, to Jane Austen’s Hampshire, Beatrix Potter’s Lake District and Daphne Du Maurier’s Cornwall, Mariella will find out what role these settings and regions really played in best-sellers from Wuthering Heights to Pride and Prejudice.

It’s an epic journey that will reveal why these great works weren’t just written by their authors but the times and places they lived in.

Wherever she goes, Mariella will track down new insights, and surprising revelations finding intimate diaries and little seen documents. She will walk where these famous female writers used to head to create their plots and characters – over dramatic moors and around stunning lakes – as she visits their homes and the secret locations that inspired them to create their stories. As she does this, Mariella paints a bigger picture, one of Britain and how it has changed over the past 200 years. She shows how the words of these authors are actually one of the best accounts we have of what life was really like for our ancestors.

With breath-taking landscapes, incredible insights and access to fascinating buildings and places, this series will reveal the real role different regions and landscapes have played in our great literary history.