A new ITV series featuring the Queen’s Cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten and his husband, James Coyle, will show them visiting the Isle of Wight during Cowes Week 2021.
Organised at very short notice with the help of the Island’s new film office, Filmwight, the crew was found hotel accommodation and were transported around by Island Film Officer, Dave Russell.
The Island is set to feature in Episode 2, but in the first episode, Lord Ivar Mountbatten and husband James Coyle risk their reputation – and that of Michelin-starred chef Jean-Christophe Novelli – by hosting their first-ever pop-up restaurant at their stately home of Bridwell. But with tickets costing a whopping £165 per head, can the Mountbatten’s satisfy the appetite of 50 fine diners?
In this light-hearted, endearing and eye-opening series, 4 of Britain’s most prominent aristocratic dynasties have given cameras exclusive access to reveal what really goes on behind their closed doors, over one summer’s social season.
Asset-rich, but often cash strapped, the series looks at how cost-cutting is part of everyday life. At Bridwell House in Devon, for example, the Queen’s cousin Lord Ivar Mountbatten takes it upon himself to clean the 100 windows, preferring to do the work himself rather than waste money on a professional. It makes perfect sense, given upkeep on the property sets him and husband James back £100,000 a year.
Series Producer, Kay Green says filming on the Island was fabulous.
“The island was chock-full of visitors but simple to get around and never felt too crowded. There were incredible views out to sea and a beautiful but relaxed place to film in. Dave, from Filmwight, met us at the ferry with his large people carrier and was super helpful ferrying the crew and contributors around the Island all day. When we realised we’d lost a wet weather camera cover he managed to source a replacement almost immediately, which was impressive.”
Keeping up with the Aristocrats is due for transmission on Monday 17th January 2022 at 21:00 on ITV 1.
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