Escape To The Chateaus Angel speaks out on initial fears of being car-crash TV07/08/2021
Escape to the Chateau: Dick and Angel praise DIY project
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Dick Strawbridge and wife Angel Adoree have become something of an TV sensation as they debuted their creative talents on Escape to the Chateau, revamping their 19th-century French home in order to restore it back to its former glory. But before the show began, the couple had a very clear idea for how they wanted the programme to be for fear of being considered “car crash” television.
We never wanted to be car-crash television
The show, which first began in 2016, follows the Strawbridge family and their Chateau de la Motte Husson situation in its 12-acre grounds, and they remain adamant it very much portray who they are in real life.
In a recent interview the couple, who share children Arthur and Dorothy together and also feature in the programme, revealed they had a vision before it was brought to life.
“When it came to the first series, we had set our pitch very early on, which was to have a true representation of who we are going forward,” Dick explained.
Angel quickly interjected: “Because we never wanted to be car-crash television.
And they are far from it.
With over 2.5 million viewers tuning into the latest series, it’s safe to say it’s been a huge hit.
But the pair insist they are just a normal family and don’t like the idea of being referred to as a “celebrity couple”.
“We are very normal and that’s the secret; people can see themselves in us,” Dick explained.
“Viewers can see our relationship reflected in their own lives. We are definitely not a celebrity couple in our world.”
He laughed: “My mum would clip my ear if I acted like a b****y idiot!”
They even refused to allow the show to be seen on French television, in order to maintain as private a family life as possible.
But with thousands of avid viewers watching from the UK, they have almost become an attraction, with tourists visiting Martigné-sur-Mayenne to see for themselves the beauty of their new home.
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However, there have been times where visitors have “over-stepped the mark” on several occasions, and been asked to leave.
“Firstly, there is an issue of safety,” Angel admitted to the Telegraph.
“If the kids are outside playing, no one would want strangers coming on to their land.”
She added: “And then sometimes we are doing really silly things like wearing a floppy unicorn hat on the trampoline, and you do want a bit of privacy!”
But they both dispute they have ever been rude to uninvited fans, even those who get a little too comfortable.
“When that has happened, Dick has politely asked them to leave,” she carried on.
“We have never been horrible to anyone who has turned up here, but if somebody is in your house they have to behave.”
Dick chimed in: “And walking down the steps into our entrance hall, that is not acceptable I am afraid!” referring to an incident when they had to ask a family to leave after they caught them snooping around the private rooms in the chateau.
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