Escape to the Chateaus Dick Strawbridge reveals real reason for Channel 4 exit after sweary rant

Escape to the Chateau star Dick Strawbridge, 64, has revealed the "real reason" Channel 4 decided to finish his and wife Angel Strawbridge's popular home renovation series last year.

Escape to the Chateau followed Dick and Angel as they worked on building their forever home within the old Chateau de la Motte Husson in France.

The couple, together with their two children, Arthur, 10, and Dorothy, nine, got stuck in and tried their hand at all sorts of DIY works to turn the immense property into a stunning home for them all to live in.

Located in the Pays de la Loire region of France, the family's journey began eight years ago.

Instantly a huge hit for Channel 4, bosses kept the series coming back for a whopping nine seasons.

Sadly, the broadcaster announced the programme would not be returning to the channel in May of this year, amid concerns over the Strawbridges' conduct when leaked recordings appeared to show red-head mum-of-two Angel angrily swearing at crew members.

The audio footage appeared to show Angel calling the workers "c***s" in an incredibly sweaty rant. Angel and Dick have since denied the allegations when questioned about the recordings on Lorraine.

Now going into detail about why the popular programme was really cancelled, Dick has claimed that the family decided to finish it off "two years ago".

He also said that he and Angel, 45, had made the decision due to it being incredibly difficult to keep the works going as well as looking after the kids, especially with them getting older.


Dick went on to say that while he and his wife will always be passionate about getting involved in the work on their home, they want to make sure the children are the priority.

"We made the decision because the kids are growing older, and all the parallel activity was not sustainable at this level," Dick told HELLO! magazine. "We are doers, and we are never going to stop completely, but we're also protecting them.

ÔÇťArthur is starting senior school and the pressure on our little ones is phenomenal. When he goes there, people may have heard that his parents have done stuff on television."

Angel also shared that the couple have made sure their TV series isn't shown on French TV so their children can continue to grow up as normally as possible.

"Up until this year, we were not on French television at our request because while we are the British family that bought the Chateau in the village, we are very much completely normal," she said.

The star went on to say the relationship the entire family had with the show's camera crew was "all very natural" and the team itself have been "a part of the family".

It comes as Dick and Angel gear up to release their new book, Forever Home, which is marketed as the "final chapter" in their adventure, but not the end of the Chateau's story.

The parents have also said they have no plans to sell the property, and are hoping to live there for the "long haul".

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