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A Great British Christmas at Rise Hall

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A Great British Christmas was shown on Channel 4 on Monday 2 December 2013.  During the show, we investigate how festive celebrations in Britain have changed in the past 200 years as we delve into the history of Georgian, Victorian, wartime and present-day conventions.


Harnessing the best bits of Christmas past, we don historical costumes and experience the reality of bygone festive frolics, finding out what the festive season meant both in our own stately home and across the country.


While making Georgian garlands and discovering the first ever Christmas card, the show explores some of the oldest festive traditions and their historical contexts.


We are delighted with the response to the show and would especially like to thank the following people for their contribution;


Kate Williams was the show’s main historical adviser.


Simon Lycett was the Floral Decorator who showed us how to make a kissing bough.


Charles Hazlewood discussed the historical significance of Christmas music and Dr. Annie Gray was the Food Historian.


The choir that appears in the show are members of The Cantus Ensemble


Horticouture were the florists and stylists who dressed the beautiful historical and present day sets at Rise Hall.


Peter Kimpton is a Christmas Cracker historian and author of "Tom Smith's Christmas Crackers" from where Sarah sourced the history of the Christmas Cracker.


Chiswick Auctions supplied the Victorian toys that Sarah and Graham discussed with Kate Williams.


Natalie Willingham and Victoria Farr were the Hair and Make Up Artists.


David Fielden supplied a stunning Bridal gown.


Saunts delivered delicious home-made chocolate brownies to the crew.


Tega Events supplied beautiful atmospheric lighting for the modern day shoot, which was captured effortlessly by Dominic Wright Photography.


Even if you missed it, you can catch up here.




Sarah and Graham




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