Channel 5: 8.20pm, 16th September 2023
Nestled on the north coast of the Isle of Wight, the unique Osborne House was Queen Victoria’s favourite royal residence, where she and her husband Prince Albert came to escape the pressures of royal life – and where the Queen finally passed away. More than a simple holiday home, it was also a testbed of innovation and a seat of power where the Queen and her Prince would preside over the biggest Empire in human history. Each room and artefact acts as a window into a different part of Victoria and Albert’s life – and the people who work to keep Osborne conserved and open to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who flock there from all over the world share some of the lesser-known secrets about the house. Narrated by Harriet Walter and with intimate access to the house and gardens, interviews with experts and contributions from Osborne staff – this feature documentary paints a vivid picture of Queen Victoria’s extraordinary former home.
Isle of Wight County Press