The series has been nominated in the documentary category along with 16 other programmes including 56UP, Frozen Planet, One Born Every Minute and My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.
Four programmes make the shortlist to go forwards to the awards show on January 23 at the O2 Arena shown live on ITV1.
Winners are chosen entirely by viewers. Voting is open now and closes on October 11. All voters enter into a prize draw for a chance to win a Red Carpet pass, VIP tickets to the star-studded show and a night in a top London hotel.
‘Chatsworth’ was a three-part series of one-hour documentaries with voiceover commentary by Max Beesley, aired on BBC1 in May. The film crew was granted unprecedented access to the 30,000 acre Peak District estate, the people who live and work there, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the Dowager Duchess (last of the famous Mitford sisters) and key characters among their 700 staff. Filmed over the entire 2011 ‘season’, the series gave an insight into the people who live and work in a world visited by many but known to only a few.
Notes to editors:
The Chatsworth House Trust is an independent charity (no 511149) set up by the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1981, to ensure the long-term survival of Chatsworth for the benefit of the public. All admission and event income from visitors, together with a percentage of income from shops and restaurants, goes directly to this Trust, and can only be spent on the upkeep and improvement of the house, collections, garden, farmyard and park.
Chatsworth won Gold in the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2011 ‘Large Visitor Attraction’ category organised by Visit England, the national tourism body. Chatsworth underwent a rigorous independent assessment before being chosen by a board of tourism industry experts including previous Small Visitor Attraction winner Victoria Emmanuel of the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and experienced travel journalists Alison Rice and Sally Shalam.
Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the MI, 10 miles from Chesterfield, and 8 miles north of Matlock, in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park and is well served by transport links throughout the UK.