The Restoration Man
About the Show
George Clarke helps rescue neglected architectural treasures across Britain
Series 1 Summary
Across the country, thousands of old buildings lie forgotten and neglected, tangled up by red tape and development restrictions. Many of these orphaned properties are steeped in history and are of outstanding architectural interest, yet are slowly being left to rot.
Architect George Clarke is passionate about our architectural heritage. In this series he travels the British Isles meeting the stubborn romantics who want to breathe new life into the architectural treasures he unearths on his journey. His mission is to help them transform these undervalued gems into brand new homes fit for 21st century living.
Filmed over two years Restoration Man watches as these wonderful buildings - from windmills and ancient towers to gate lodges and medieval churches - are transformed. But threatened by spiralling budgets and the credit crunch, plus the stresses and strains of working with old structures and confusing bureaucracy, none of these projects are an easy ride.
Episode 1 - Bath Lodge
George Clarke, in his quest to help owners breathe new life into neglected buildings, meets builder Mark Horton, who is trying to turn an 18th-century folly, Bath Lodge, into a luxury home.
Episode 2 - Church
In Pembrokeshire, George Clarke meets Gareth Williams, who, despite no previous building experience, plans to convert a disused church; all by himself and on a shoestring budget.
Episode 3 - Windmill
George Clarke meets Clive and Jane, who dream of retiring and making their new home in a derelict windmill in Anglesey. But the build suddenly comes to a halt as personal tragedy strikes.
Episode 4 - Towers
George Clarke advises artist Sarah in Kent, and ex-army man Barrie in Scotland, both of whom own derelict military towers and dream of converting them into unique homes.
Episode 5 - Field House
Childhood sweethearts Chris and Sue have a dream of uniting their two families in a converted field house. But, as the stresses mount, could their fairytale story have an unhappy ending?
Episode 6 - Gate Lodge
Former heavyweight boxer Scott Welch hopes to transform Thorington Gate Lodge in Suffolk into a 21st-century home. Can George Clarke help his dream come true?
Episode 7 - Coach House
Lisa and Darren Walker dream of converting a coach house in East Sussex into a unique home. But it soon becomes clear that the restoration won't be as straightforward as they had hoped.
Episode 8 - Ice House
George Clarke follows Laird Henderson's bid to turn his remote Scottish 19th-century ice house into an idyllic 21st-century glass hideaway.
Episode 9 - Medieval Hall and Mansion
George Clarke advises a couple who dream of converting a Grade I listed medieval hall into a unique home, and meets another pair who have fallen in love with a neglected 70-room mansion.
The Restoration Man synopsis
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