My take on the series;
Part 1: Blenheim Palace
: WOW! What a castle! And the history of the place is interesting. Though the next heir to the place, Jamie; that's what drugs do to you
He's clean now but
(and I thought I saw Zara Philips at the end in the horse-show, at 46min
) So much unhappiness in the past(scandals, divorces, depression,drastic decisions) but it seems like the family is starting to heal. This documentary barely scratched the surface IMO and it was all a bit to stiff for me but It was still very interesting. Here is some back story; http://www.dailymail.co.u...keys-Blenheim-Palace.html
Part 2: Goodwood
: What an action-packed documentary! This family has lots of flare, they are the "Monaco" of the aristocracy
We got to see Courtney Love (
) and Prince Michael of Kent driving a racing car
Fun parties, car racing, horse racing and the Earl was quite dashing
now and handsome when he was younger
. I liked that he was very direct and honest in the interview and could see the funny side of things. This documentary flew by too fast
Some advice from the earl; http://www.dailymail.co.u...s-success-Lord-March.html
Part 3: Shaftesbury
: This was a rollercoaster of an episode to say the least. It was part a in-dept documentary of the new lord Shaftesbury and part total house renovation (the 10th earl really
trashed the place
) This is a big part of the documentary; http://www.dailymail.co.u...s-strip-family-title.html
. At the end of it I really felt for Nick and what he went through, he was very heartfelt and honest, such a decent man IMO and I wish him all the best.
Part 4: Rothschild
: Rags to rich
es. They aren't a part of the British aristocracy according to them, and that's much to do with them being fairly new to the scene(1800's) and because they are Jewish (their words). They have a very interesting and tragic family history and are very proud of their achievements. I see them as very bright entrepreneurs and I'm impressed in the way they handle the question of inheritance. In stead of the usual "first male heir" they pass it on to the person best suited for the job even if it mean bypassing ones children for a cousin or other family members! Quite refreshing and clever, like someone said; "they haven't got that English decent into weak-chinned aristocracy", ouch!
I like how they are very realistic and don't kid themselves about how thing really are. That's probably part of why they are so successful IMO. This gets a very passing mention http://www.dailymail.co.u...ent-scheme-blew-face.html
in regards to who gets to inherit Waddesdon Manor. And there's lots
of modern art in this documentary!
I hope you enjoy the series as much as I did!