The Best Episodes of The Restoration Man
Last Updated: May 1, 2019
George Clarke is The Restoration Man, travelling the British Isles meeting the stubborn romantics who want to breathe new life into the architectural treasures he unearths on his journey. His mission is to help them transform these undervalued gems into brand new homes fit for 21st century living.
#1 - Bemeray Church, Outer Hebrides Revisit
Season 2 - Episode 17
Clarke returns to Berneray to catch up with Keith and Sheenagh McIntyre, and discovers their renovation won a prestigious award from the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
#2 - Fisherman's Church
Season 3 - Episode 3
Having never lived together before, architect Neil Worrell and his partner Jackie Robinson decided to cement their relationship by purchasing a forgotten church in the picture perfect fishing town of Brixham in Devon. What began as a project that would bring them closer together becomes the ultimate test as the restoration pushes them to their limits. George Clarke brings his own design expertise to the project to help them realise their dream; and at the same time discovers the rich history that links this church directly to Brixham's celebrated fishing community.
#3 - Harrogate Revisit 2016
Season 5 - Episode 5
George Clarke returns to Harrogate to see how Carol and Majid Nadry have finished converting their brick water tower into their dream home. After the huge delays and eye-watering legal costs of sorting planning and access restrictions, the couple have finally built the two-storey extension that was the key to creating a family home with character. George sees how the industrial heritage of this unique building is beautifully complemented by a 21st century glass and sheet metal extension that finally realises the old water tower's hidden potential.
#4 - Flint Mill
Season 3 - Episode 2
Alan Appleby and his wife Dora might be restoration experts, but they've never taken on a project as ambitious as this. They've saved a flint mill in Stone, Staffordshire that's on the verge of falling down. Alan is a building surveyor, and shouldn't have a problem fixing the massive structural damage. But his passion for old buildings soon takes over and they end up ploughing everything they have into this build. George Clarke helps them every step of the way and uncovers its unique history and the link between this building and the world renowned pottery and ceramics of Josiah Wedgwood.
#5 - Telford Church Revisit
Season 3 - Episode 7
George catches up with Keith and Sheena McIntyre who were hoping to restore an isolated Telford church Using an inheritance from his late father, artist Keith McIntyre and his wife Sheena bought a listed, Thomas Telford-designed church in the remote island of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides. Keith and Sheena plan to convert the church into a holiday home and artist's studio, where they can bring their art students and musician friends to be inspired by the amazing light and rugged, desolate landscape. In restoring this roofless ruin, Keith and Sheena face challenges from the extreme weather and have to keep the neighbours on side while managing the build 400 miles away from their home in Newcastle. Meanwhile architect George Clarke uncovers the church's turbulent history.
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#6 - Pumping Station
Season 3 - Episode 1
The new series begins with Alison and Matthew Grey, two designers form London looking for a new place to live out of town. The couple love industrial buildings and have purchased a pumping station, intent on turning it into a design haven. But with costs mounting, as they continue to delay decision making, the couple are in danger of having to refinance in order to finish the build.
#7 - Cheshire Water Tower 2017
Season 6 - Episode 2
George Clarke meets Cheshire couple Andrew Jones and Michele Gibbons, who plan to turn an 85ft art deco water tower into the six-storey 'end house' of their dreams. The conversion proves an incredible challenge for the builders, as they must cut through double reinforced concrete to build new floors and fit over 20 new windows. It takes almost a year to get the tower wind and water-tight as, meanwhile, the couple must come to terms with fact that, despite a dislike of art deco furniture, they need to furnish their towering example of architectural history in a fitting style.
#8 - Medieval Hall Revisited
Season 2 - Episode 6
George Clarke revisits Simon Hooper and his partner Victoria in Cardiff to catch up on their dream of converting a Grade I listed medieval hall into a unique home. George is keen to see if the family have overcome the challenges of restoring such an ancient building.
#9 - Chapel, Pembrokeshire Revisit
Season 2 - Episode 8
George revisits Gareth and his family in their restored Victorian Welsh chapel. Is church living all it's cracked up to be? Four years ago Gareth Williams decided he didn't want to live in a bog-standard terraced house any more. So he bought a derelict church. To save money he decided to do all the restoration work himself and get everything he needed off eBay. George returns to dig deeper into the fascinating history of this ancient building.
#10 - Bathlodge, Ormskirk Revisit
Season 2 - Episode 9
Architect George Clarke returns to Ormskirk after two years to see how builder Mark Horton and his family are doing living in their dream home - a former 18th century folly which he restored after he found it on the Buildings at Risk Register. Mark was ready for the challenge, but disaster struck three months in when the bank pulled his loan. Pressures mounted with dramatic consequences for both his health and the build, but he managed to struggle on and finish the project. Now, long after the dust has settled, how are Mark and his family enjoying living in their extraordinary home?
#11 - Oast House
Season 2 - Episode 12
George meets James and Lois Denning, who inherited an historic estate which has been in James' family for the last 234 years. The castle and stately home that used to belong to his family have been given to the National Trust, so they've decided to convert a stunning and only recently abandoned oast house. George is on hand to advise them with the epic restoration of this beautiful old agricultural building into a grand nine bedroom family home.
#12 - RAF Bunker, Nottinghamshire
Season 3 - Episode 6
Furniture maker Jamie Brown has big ideas about turning a colossal and historic 15,000 square foot RAF bunker from World War II into his new home. However, with the Nottinghamshire bunker totally encased in earth, with no natural light, and the back section submerged in water, Jamie's wife, who is about to have their first baby, isn't so sure. With its fascinating history and jaw-dropping engineering, George helps Jamie tackle this huge undertaking and discovers the important role it played in the blitz.
#13 - Pig Barn
Season 3 - Episode 5
Marco and Kath Walker take over a pair of Grade II listed 17th and 18th century cow barns from their local farmer in Wellington, Herefordshire. The barns are tumbling down, the couple have their two young children in tow, they've never done anything like this before and are complete restoration novices, and the project is beset with problems from the start. George offers much needed advice throughout the build and discovers how these buildings and the surrounding farm helped to revolutionise cattle farming in the UK.
#14 - Ice House
Season 1 - Episode 8
George meets Laird Henderson who for years has has wanted to live in a unique home where he can make the most of his lochside surroundings.
#15 - Sunday School, Harrogate
Season 5 - Episode 4
George Clarke helps a couple in Harrogate convert two crumbling church buildings into a pair of beautiful homes.
#16 - Berkshire Pumping Station
Season 6 - Episode 1
George Clarke returns for a new series of the show that helps rescue neglected architectural treasures across Britain. Young couple Steven Crame and Marina Bacchelli were looking for their first home to own together in Berkshire, when they found a disused water pumping station nestling in its own ancient woodland. The couple threw themselves into the task of converting the huge brick shed into a modern four-bed family home, while preserving a 15-tonne crane as a central feature of their lounge. But a new-born baby, flooding and spiralling costs add to the pressure.
#17 - Longhurst Lodge Revisit
Season 4 - Episode 5
George catches up with Nik and Vanessa and their immaculate 19th century gatehouse cottage that was so tiny they couldn't fit a proper bathroom inside
#18 - Welsh School
Season 3 - Episode 4
Recession-hit builders Ian and Jayne Hall Edwards face a massive battle converting a huge derelict Victorian school in a Welsh hillside village in Carmarthenshire into both a place of business and a home. Having failed to win a grant to help finance the build, they are left battling through harsh winters while living in a caravan on site, and with their family business hanging in the balance.
#19 - Berneray Church, Outer Hebrides
Season 2 - Episode 13
Using an inheritance from his late father, artist Keith McIntyre and his wife Sheena bought a listed, Thomas Telford-designed church in the remote island of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides. Keith and Sheena plan to convert the church into a holiday home and artist's studio, where they can bring their art students and musician friends to be inspired by the amazing light and rugged, desolate landscape. In restoring this roofless ruin, Keith and Sheena face challenges from the extreme weather and have to keep the neighbours on side while managing the build 400 miles away from their home in Newcastle. Meanwhile architect George Clarke uncovers the church's turbulent history.
#20 - Thorington Gate Lodge
Season 1 - Episode 6
George Clarke joins former heavyweight boxer Scott Welch as he plans to convert Thorington Gate Lodge in Suffolk into a weekend retreat so he can spend more time with his father who lives nearby, despite not having set foot inside the building. It soon becomes clear that Scott has a fight on his hands getting planning permission as the project is set to include an ultra-modern glass extension.
#21 - Georgian Gazebo Tower, Pembrokeshire
Season 5 - Episode 3
George Clarke is in Pembrokeshire to help restore a Georgian Gazebo Tower and make it a livable property.
#22 - Engine House, Oxfordshire
Season 2 - Episode 4
George Clarke meets Tim and Emma Verdon, who want to convert an old Victorian brickworks in the heart of rural Oxfordshire into a home. School bursar Tim and teacher Emma have big plans for the unlisted Engine House, which currently is nothing more than four walls and no roof. They enlist George to design a sympathetic extension. Emma gives up work to project manage the build. But living off site and mounting planning issues put immense pressure on them, and they're forced to make some radical decisions. Meanwhile George uncovers some disturbing history about their brickworks.
#23 - Welsh School Revisit
Season 4 - Episode 6
George catches up with Ian and Jayne, who bought a large derelict Victorian school in the valleys of west Wales to convert into a home and a site for their new eco business
#24 - Reeds Windmill, Kent
Season 2 - Episode 1
After years of living away from their families, Pete and Nikki have moved back down south to Kent with the dream of restoring a derelict windmill that's been owned by Pete's family for over 100 years. Locally listed, the windmill has been a roofless ruin since 1915, and its tapering structure overlooks an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of the county. The build nearly comes unstuck when Nikki, who had recovered from cancer, suddenly becomes unwell again. George is on hand to advise, and support them on their restoration journey as they battle with Nikki's illness.
#25 - Pannal Water Tower
Season 4 - Episode 4
Yorkshire couple Carol and Majid embark on an ambitious adventure, transforming a brick water tower into a five-storey home. But unexpected costs and legal problems hit the project.