Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel are back for a second series of Escape to the Château: Make Do and Mend on C4.
And they will no doubt hope that certain unpleasant rumors will soon die down …
The couple were forced to deny that they were “abusive” and “malicious” on the set.
What is the show about and what have they been accused of?
Here is everything you need to know!
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Castle Escape: Who Are Dick and Angel Strawbridge?
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Francis Strawbridge MBE is an engineer and former Army officer who went on to become a television personality.
He is often referred to as Colonel Dick.
He first appeared on television as a technology and environmental expert on various shows, including Scrapheap Challenge.
He is also a regular guest host on BBC Two’s Coast.
Dick, and now his wife Angel Adoree – real name Angela Newman – first appeared on the fly-on-the-wall property show Escape to the Château in 2015.
The program followed Dick and Angel through the purchase of their abandoned castle and subsequent renovations.
Her French homeland, Château de la Motte-Husson, is in Martigné-sur-Mayenne, France.
As a result, there were numerous sequels and spin-offs.
There’s an 18 year age difference between the two – Dick is 61 and Angel is 43.
Angel, the founder of The Vintage Patisserie, married Dick in November 2015.
Dick and Angel have two children, Arthur Donald (born 2013) and Dorothy Francis (born 2014).
He was previously married to Brigit A. Weiner in 1982, with whom he has two children, James George (* 1984) and Charlotte Elizabeth (* 1986).
Dick and Brigit separated in 2010.
Escape to the castle: Dick and Angel accused of being abusive
The couple were forced to deny allegations made by former crew members.
Earlier this year, employees at Spark Media – the independent production company that filmed the first four series of the renovation show – filed allegations against the couple.
According to The Times, numerous former Escape to the Château employees claimed the couple were “aggressive and abusive”.
As a former employee said, “I’ve never seen anything as perishable and nasty as Dick and Angel, and working with them has been very challenging for the staff.
“It was almost like being in an abusive relationship, waiting to see what little thing one of them would blow up on and turn into big business.”
However, Dick and Angel have since vehemently denied the claims.
Angel told The Telegraph, “If you asked every single person on our team, everyone would say that Dick is completely chivalrous.
“He will always be the person who opens doors, helps people, and if someone upsets me, he will be the first person to take control of the situation. He’s very protective. “
She added. “These anonymous people – we don’t know who they are – have probably only met once.
“One of them, the most important, we think we only met for a few hours.
“The people who were here for a long time were family members; The children knew them and we really opened up our world to them, so you can imagine that it was very sad to read so much. “
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How many episodes does Escape to the Château: Make Do and Repair have?
Escape to the Château: Make Do and Mend on C4 consists of six episodes.
Each episode is an hour long including those annoying ads.
How can you see Escape to the Château with Dick and Angel?
Escape to the Château: Make Do and Mend starts on Thursday, June 24th, 2021 for the second time.
The episode will be aired immediately on All 4, C4’s on-demand channel.
All of the previous seven series of Escape to the Château can currently be seen on All 4.
The subsequent spin-offs such as Escape to the Château at Christmas, Escape to the Château: The Great Outdoors and Designing the Dream can also be seen.
Escape to the first Château series – what happened?
The first series of this latest Escape to the Château spin-off ran out during lockdown one last year – or the OG lockdown, as we like to call it.
Dick and Angel Strawbridge were forced to put their wedding and event business on hold.
Instead, they remotely helped British television viewers with their DIY projects.
Dick and Angel Strawbridge helped families across the UK, with the help of their children Dorothy and Arthur, help solve their design and DIY dilemmas.
Escape to the Château: Make Do and Repair, episode one
Dick and Angel Strawbridge are helping Kate and Erik restore their 150-year-old sash window and turn their little hallway into a lovely place for the whole family.
Angel demonstrates the art of creating repetitive patterns on fabric as a unique solution to Jo and family’s desire to display their precious vintage family photos in something other than a frame.
Meanwhile, Dick solves Suzanna’s and Luke’s puzzles on how to turn a precious wardrobe into a showcase for shoes by designing ingenious shelving inspired by a visit to the kitchen.
Escape to the Château: Make Do and Mend returns on Thursday June 24th 2021 on C4 at 9:00 p.m.
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