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'The Duchess' on Channel 4 — everything you need to know about the new documentary

The Duchess focuses on a new project near Alnwick Castle.
The Duchess focuses on a new project near Alnwick Castle. (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Duchess (w/t) is a new documentary series coming to Channel 4, which will follow the Duchess of Northumberland as she embarks on a grand project to create a one-of-a-kind whimsical wonderland close to The Alnwick Garden, a popular tourist attraction in the North East of England.

Speaking about the series, The Duchess of Northumberland says: “I didn’t think that building anything after The Alnwick Garden could be as challenging but Lilidorei is proving much more complex, trying to explain to a construction team how a hobgoblin or a fairy might behave is proving almost impossible. The aim of Lilidorei is to encourage children to leave their phones in their pockets and to use their imagination — to achieve this the visitor has to enter into a totally believable magical world.

"I am thrilled at the thought of a series that will shine a light on the many attributes that Alnwick and Northumberland have; a wealth of history, incredible castles, beautiful coastline and beaches, and vast expanses of wild moorland.”

Here's everything we know so far...

The Duchess release date

Channel 4 hasn't confirmed a release date for the 6 part documentary series, but we'll let you know as soon as that changes.

What will we see in the documentary?

The Duchess focuses on a new project from the Duchess of Northumberland, where she hopes to create a new wonderland attraction close to The Alnwick Garden. The £15m project aims to create a magical village of make-believe, named Lilidorei, close to The Alnwick Garden.

Lilidorei will feature fairy grottos, goblin lairs, and lots of surprises. In addition to this, the majority of Lilidorei staff will be ex-servicemen and women and the attraction will continue to build on The Alnwick Garden’s ethos of working closely with the tight-knit local community. 

Alongside Lilidorei, viewers will also see exclusive access to Alnwick Castle, where The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland live with their family. It is England’s second-largest inhabited castle and has served as a filming location for numerous film and TV projects such as Harry Potter and Downton Abbey.

Is there a trailer for the series?

Not yet — but watch this space!

Lucy Buglass

Lucy is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2016 with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.


She is also a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema, setting up her own website Lucy Goes to Hollywood in 2017 to review films in her spare time. Her favourite genres are horror, thriller and anything crime related. When she's not writing about film and TV, you'll likely find her playing video games, reading, and trying her hand at podcasting.