Friday, July 31, 2009

Grand Designs presenter embarks on Grand Tour

Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud is to take a break from home renovation for a European travelogue series for Channel 4.

In Kevin’s Grand Tour of Europe, McCloud will follow in the sometimes debauched footsteps of the most notorious aristocrats, artists and architects of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

In the days before rail travel was possible, the Grand Tour was a popular route for mainly upper-class young British men to receive an education in the cultural artefacts of the classical antiquity and the Renaissance.

During the course of the series McCloud will travel to Paris, Venice, Athens and the Alps to look at the lasting legacy of the tour on today’s Britain. Channel four Features commissioning editor Liam Humphreys, who ordered the series, said: “We all know that Kevin’s understanding and insight into architecture is unrivalled, but Grand Tour of Europe provides the perfect platform to also demonstrate his wonderful storytelling talent".


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