Escape to the Country
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|Escape to the Country|
Escape to the Country opening title card
|Also known as||Escape to the Continent (series 15)|
|Created by||Talkback Thames|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||15|
|No. of episodes||655|
|Executive producer(s)||John Comerford|
|Running time||45–60 minutes|
|Original channel||BBC One
|Picture format||PAL (576i, 16:9)|
|Original release||14 October 2002– present|
There are two versions of each episode produced. A shorter 45-minute version with only 3 houses shown and a longer 60-minute version. The short version usually airs on BBC Two weekday afternoons (in the 15:00, 15:45 or 17:15 slots) and the longer on BBC One weekdays at 10:00 or BBC Two evenings at 19:00. Escape to the Country is often credited as being the forerunner of other shows such as A Place in the Sun. Repeat episodes are shown on Home.
Series 1 to 5
Produced by Boundless, part of FremantleMedia UK and shown to air from 2002, the basic premise of the show is that a person/family wishes to relocate from their current city home to a more peaceful and rural retreat. It is then the job of the show's presenter to find four houses for the family to view via laptop computer in their own homes. The family must then choose two out of the four houses to go and view for themselves. In addition, there is also the option of choosing the presenter's 'mystery house'.
Series 6 to 9
The format of this popular daytime/early peaktime show changed in series 6 to accommodate viewer demand to see more houses and more local information. Contributors now view all four houses, of which the fourth is the mystery house. The mystery house usually has something unique about it that will either make the contributors fall in love with or hate it. Added to the show is a taster day in which the contributors sample local delights, gain historical knowledge and visit local attractions to get a feel for the area they are planning to move to. Series 6 aired in August 2007 on BBC One, while series 7 and 8 aired back-to-back in autumn 2008. Series 9 began on 23 February in a new slot of 15:45 on BBC Two.
Series 10 to 12
The format was modified yet again. The number of properties the couples viewed was reduced to three, with the third being the mystery house. Series 12 consisted of 75 shows and was broadcast from November 2011 on BBC Two with the addition of new title and credit sequences.
Series 13 premiered on 3 September 2012 on BBC One.
- Catherine Gee (2002-2007)
- Nick Page (2002)
- Jules Hudson (2007–)
- Alistair Appleton (2007–)
- Denise Nurse (2008–)
- Jonnie Irwin (2008–)
- Nicki Chapman (2008–)
- Melissa Porter (2008)
- Aled Jones (2010–)
- Nicki Shields (2014–)
- Tim Vincent (TBC)
- Anita Rani (2014–)
- Sonali Shah (2014-)
In Australia, Escape to the Country airs on the HOW TO Channel, Sunday nights at 6:30pm and Seven Network's free-to-air digital channel 7Two at 8.30pm Friday and Sunday nights. 7TWO is currently airing Series 12
In the Netherlands, Escape to the Country airs since April 2011 on SBS6, Saturday nights at 5.00 pm (6.00 pm local time). Additionally, most viewers in the Netherlands can watch the show on the BBC channels that are distributed by cable operators. As a result of its availability in the Netherlands it features in the novel The Detour.
- "Escape to the Country". aboutproperty.co.uk. 1 January 2006. Retrieved 24 May 2008.
- Tonkin, Boyd (24 May 2013). "Gerbrand Bakker interview: Escape to the strangest country with newly crowned winner of The Independent Foreign Fiction". The Independent. Retrieved 24 May 2013.