Deeside delights US audiences

Highclere (Downton Abbey)
Highclere (Downton Abbey)

US public broadcaster PBS is to explore life in some of Scotland’s grandest estates in a new series from Aberdeen production company B4Films.

Royal Deeside’s Kincardine Castle has been singled out as one of four of the country’s most historic, which feature in the new four-part documentary series, Great Scottish Estates.

Kincardine Castle

Kincardine Castle

Following the transatlantic success of ITV period drama Downton Abbey, this behind-the-scenes look at some real country houses is already proving a hit with American audiences.

Andrew Bradford, who runs Kincardine Castle with his wife, Nicky, said: “When we were first approached we were told that Downton Abbey had stimulated the interest.”

The Victorian castle, built for Andrew Bradford’s great grandmother, was star of the show last weekend, when the ‘Deeside’ episode aired on Sunday.

A spokesperson for B4Films said Royal Deeside and its scenery featured heavily in the episode.

The series began its run on US channel PBS at the beginning of October.