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Acton Scott and Wroxeter star in TV documentaries
Inside Out presenter Phil Upton at Acton Scott
Acton Scott features on BBC Inside Out in the West Midlands on 7 February

Staff at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm have paid tribute to a TV series for the attraction's recent success.

The south Shropshire site has seen an increase of about 10,000 visitors a year, since the Victorian Farm series on BBC Two.

Manager Mike Turner said English Heritage staff at Wroxeter should prepare for a similar rise in numbers.

Wroxeter currently features in Channel Four's documentary Rome Wasn't Built in a Day.

The series follows modern-day workmen as they attempt to build a Roman villa, using only traditional tools and techniques.

Farming life

Shire horse at Acton Scott
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm reopens to visitors on 5 April

The Victorian Farm production crew was based at Acton Scott, for a year, recreating farming life in 1885.

Some six million people watched the programme, which showed historians Alex Langlands, Peter Ginn and Ruth Goodman take part in everyday Victorian farming activities.

Mr Turner said: "It just seemed to capture people's imagination in a way that I think did take everyone by surprise."

A book and DVD accompanied the series, and the production team, Lion Television, returned to film follow-up programmes, including Victorian Farm Christmas.

The biggest challenge, according to Mr Turner, has been "managing expectations". Visitors have wanted to see the same activities taking place that they had seen on television.

Mr Turner said the television exposure could also benefit Shropshire's wider tourism industry, from hotels to other visitor attractions.

"I really hope that they [Wroxeter] receive the same sort of success as we've done, he said.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is featured on BBC Inside Out in the West Midlands on Monday, 7 February. It reopens to visitors on 5 April.

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