Penelope, a proud villager in the home counties for nearly 40 years, is once again accompanied by the Batsford Guides – a series of beautifully illustrated books published from the 1930s onwards. They offer a window on our rural way of life, and help reveal what makes our villages unique. They also provide the ideal yardstick for seeing how life as a villager has changed in the 21st century.
Episode 1 – Devon and Cornwall
Penelope is in the land of rugged coastal communities and cliff-edge fishing villages, but also of huge numbers of holidaymakers. She visits the most exposed theatre in the country and Fowey Harbour.
Episode 2 – Cumbria
Penelope is in the far north-west of England, learning about life amidst the renowned landscape of Cumbria and discovers there is much more to life in a Cumbrian village than tourists and tea-shops.
Episode 3 – Royal Deeside
Penelope travels through Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, exploring its considerable links to the royal family. She also goes gamekeeping and takes to the skies in a glider.
Episode 4 – Sussex and Kent
On a trip across the South Downs and The Weald, Penelope visits the Cuckfield Donkey Races, Rudyard Kipling’s home and a cricket bat maker.