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BBC scraps historic buildings show Restoration

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The BBC is scrapping its historic-buildings-in-peril show Restoration, the show's host Griff Rhys Jones has revealed.

The long-time series host made the shock announcement on Wednesday at a Save Britain's Heritage fundraising dinner.

Commenting on Rhys Jones' off-the-cuff remark, Save Britain's Heritage campaigner Adam Wilkinson said: 'It's been taken off. Everyone is surprised and disappointed by this. It seems insane to axe a popular programme. There are few key architectural programmes on British TV besides Grand Designs,' added Wilkinson.

Restoration and the follow-up series Restoration Village recently came in for criticism over the revamp of Manchester's Victoria Baths - winner of the inaugural in 2003.

A BBC spokeswoman confirmed there are 'no current plans' to make a further series of Restoration Village - the sequel to Restoration, which ran for two series.

She added: 'That is not to say that it not come back. We are talking to production company Endemol, which is developing different ideas about how it is working this time.'

by Clive Walker

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