Narrated by Hugh Bonneville, this stunning 4 part series reveals the secrets of Britain’s most spectacular Royal Gardens and Parks. We go behind castle gates and palace walls to uncover little-known facts and fascinating secrets about these horticultural wonders. From Buckingham Palace’s 39-acre garden with its beautiful 150 metre herbaceous border that thrives in its own microclimate, to the vast Balmoral estate in the Scottish Highlands with its very own pyramid, built as a memorial to Prince Albert. Every Royal Garden has a fascinating story to tell.
Taking us behind the scenes of these iconic spaces are historians, garden designers, wildlife experts and royal gardeners who explain how they keep the gardens fit for a Queen, Prince or Princess. They each reveal an incredible array of secrets and little-known facts ranging from how Royal bees were specially chosen so they wouldn’t swarm guests at the Buckingham Palace garden parties, to the work that goes into growing hundreds of thousands of flowers each year inside the Royal Parks spectacular super-nursery.
Pioneer Productions is one of the UK's most successful specialist factual producers with a reputation for producing innovative, high quality, popular programmes for both UK and US broadcasters. The company prides itself on an industry-leading expertise in science and history, and a passion for telling factual stories in new and engaging ways.
Pioneer is prolific across a broad range of programme genres including history, science, drama-docs, engineering and adventure. The company has produced over 700 hours of programming, sold in over 60 countries worldwide. Clients include Discovery Channel, PBS, National Geographic Channel, History, ABC, TLC, Discovery Canada, and in the UK, Channel 4, Channel 5, the BBC, and ITV.
Pioneer Productions remains at the forefront of factual innovation and has won numerous awards for its output, capturing some of the most extreme weather on our planet in series such as Raging Planet, developing the use of special effects sequences to see inside human and animal bodies in In The Womb, creating pure CGI films such as Journey to the Edge of the Universe, and incorporating life-like CGI into drama-docs such as Cradle To Grave, The Unsinkable Titanic and Hindenburg. As well as continuing to push the boundaries with what’s possible in CGI, Pioneer is also developing unrivalled expertise in live and ‘as-live’ specialist factual with the Great American Eclipse (Science Channel), and the use of innovative technology in Channel 5 wildlife series Nocturnal Britain.
Other recent productions include long-running high-end science show How The Universe Works (Science Channel), as well as Secrets of the Royal Gardens (More4)