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Treasure Houses

A PRE-BLUE PETER MARK CURRY moonlighted from MAKE ‘EM LAUGH (sadly not permanently) as the bizarre choice to helm over-reverential, whispered tours of stately homes and the crap inside them. Sponsored by the National Trust. Probably.

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  1. Narrowboat

    December 18, 2014 at 11:58 am

    It wasn’t just Stately Homes!

    There was also a programme on the Canals….

    “You may wonder what I am doing here, without a Museum or a Stately Home in sight”….(Mark Curry)

    “Yes Mark, we are wondering what you are doing here!”….(The film crew…take 14!)

  2. DaveW

    December 10, 2015 at 2:04 am

    This series ran until 1987, not 1984… To be fair, this Sunday afternoon show was generally a boring series – but when you got a good episode, you got a very good one; a couple of the venues featured were quite interesting, especially an episode that related to the murder of Thomas Becket. Sadly these better episodes were too rare…

    Whoever thought Mark Curry would be a good choice of host for a factual show like this really needed their head looked at! The series had the potential to be very good, but not with Mark Curry as the host…

  3. Richard16378

    December 11, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    The episode about priest holes was quite a good one IIRC.

  4. DaveW

    December 25, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Richard, IIRC that was shown as part of a BBC “themed” day revolving around Tudor and Stuart history… I think shows like “Treasure Houses” weren’t shows that many viewers repeatedly watched week after week (unless Stately Homes and Mansions were your passion), you’d only watch certain themes and visits if they were of an era or theme that was of interest, or perhaps relevant to a school project you were doimg at the time

  5. Richard16378

    December 27, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Wasn’t around the time of the 400th anniversary of the Spanish Armada?

    John Craven did a series of Tudor Newsround reports of this event in period costume.

  6. DaveW

    January 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Actually you might be right there, Richard – the final series in 1987 would have been in the year of the 400th anniversary of the Armada… Was a long time ago for sure!

  7. Droogie

    January 25, 2016 at 1:14 am

    I saw Mark Curry recently as the new host of Catchphrase on some freeview channel. To be fair he’s aged remarkably well, even if he’s the same feckless twerp as when I first endured him way back pre-Blue Peter on Get Set For Summer

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