Escape to the Chateau: DIY

Time Schedule

Mon 12:00 | Tue 16:00 | Thu 20:00 | Fri 08:00 | Sat 12:30 & 19:30 | Sun 16:30 & 23:30


‘Escape to the Chateau: DIY’ is the spin-off show to the ratings-busting ‘Escape to the Chateau’, the series starring Dick Strawbridge, his wife Angel Adoree and their two children. But where ‘Escape to the Chateau’ is about the trials and tribulations faced by Dick and Angel as they moved to France and started a new life renovating and running their 18th century chateau as a business, ‘Escape to the Chateau: DIY’, is a series about other Brits, trying to do the same thing!

In this series we see how sixteen British owners of amazing chateaus – aged from the 10th to the 18th Centuries and dotted throughout every nook and cranny of France – are desperately trying to renovate and convert their (usually run-down) French castles into amazing, fairy-tale homes and money-making businesses. We follow these Brits – couples and families – as they laugh, cry, triumph, despair, conquer and fail in their seemingly never-ending challenge to renovate and maintain their huge French castles. This is an observational documentary series that gets warts-and-all access to their everyday lives and struggles, and the pursuit of their dreams.

Dick and Angel are in this series too! In every episode, we see them adapting, building, maintaining, and creating new things at their chateau. In addition, they’ll be lending a hand and offering advice to these Brits doing the same thing.

23 – 29 Sept: Episode 19

Today, Tim and Margreeth visit Dick and Angel for a tour of their chateau and to discuss their business plans. Will existing ideas to sell timeshares of their gites, and build an up-market caravan park survive? Or will it be all change at their chateau?

Stephanie, prepares for her first singles weekend. She wants to plant a romantic rose garden for it first though. When the digger arrives, can she get the work done? Or will her mother drive her to distraction?

We meet Sophie and James whose ancient chateau roof is in urgent need or repair. They need to raise funds quickly, so come up with an idea to put on a day of historic talks, a tour, and dinner at the chateau. But will anyone turn up? Can Sophie get the dinner prepared? And will James send everyone to sleep?

And Dick and Angel struggle to rescue the children’s trampoline that’s been blown into their moat. How will they get it out? Well, Dick is an engineer, so he’s sure to think of something…

Episode 20

Today, Tim and Margreeth start to research their new business idea and seek out and test suppliers that can help them. Then, It’s time to celebrate Tim’s birthday.

Stephanie’s big event – singles night – arrives. Will it all go to plan, and more importantly, will there be romance in the air?

And Sophie and James put on a walking tour near their chateau, but with ominous rain clouds brewing, will it go ahead? And if not, how will they fund the urgent repairs for their roof?