Return from escape to the castle! Dick and Angel Strawbridge tease new spin-off

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Dick and Angel Strawbridge have delighted fans with a behind-the-scenes look as they film their new Escape to the Chateau spin-off.

The pair bought the dilapidated 45-room castle in 2015 for just £280,000, and Channel 4 launched a popular series following the transformation in 2016.

When the program’s final episode aired in December, many viewers were devastated.

However, the pair have now shared a sneak peek of their latest plans, posting on Instagram: “We are busy filming our new series for Channel 4. “Escape to the Chateau: Secret France” will hit your screens later this year – we can’t wait to share our discoveries with you!’

Dick and Angel Strawbridge have delighted fans by providing a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of their new Escape to the Chateau spin-off

In the photo shared alongside the post, Dick and Angel beamed at the camera as they posed in front of some fields of pink.

The photo appeared to have been taken in the summer months, with Angel donning a black and white polka dot wrap dress, straw hat and sunglasses.

In a statement late last year, Channel 4 announced the new series, saying: “For those who have followed the family’s journey, fear not: Channel 4 has commissioned Escape to the Chateau: Secret France due to air in 2023, which will follow the adventures of Dick and Angel as they unravel the mysteries of the land.”

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Their show Escape to the Chateau became one of the channel’s biggest hits when it aired in 2016, with many tuning in to see Dick’s handiwork and Angel’s creativity in transforming their home.

The couple have now shared a sneak peek at their latest plans, posting on Instagram that they 'couldn't wait to share their adventures with fans'

The couple have now shared a sneak peek at their latest plans, posting on Instagram that they ‘couldn’t wait to share their adventures with fans’

The series was conceived in 2014 after a Spark Media executive learned that Angel and Dick were leaving their two-bedroom flat in Southend, Essex for a new life in France.

After four years of searching for the castle, the couple bought the sprawling 19th-century building in 2015 after swapping their two-bedroom home in East London.

The villa is called Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson and is located in the picturesque Loire region of north-western France, about 320 km from Paris.

The series was full of fights and arguments about stressful renovations, precious moments with their children Arthur, nine, and Dorothy, eight, and creating happy memories with newlyweds.

The castle has since been valued at £2 million, but the pair have also made money through TV rights from Channel 4 for the series and its daytime spin-off.

TV presenter Dick and author Angel are now using a PR to market their thriving business empire, which includes not only weddings, but also personalized housewares, gifts, soft furnishings, calendars, diaries and cards.

They have a separate ‘Chateau Products’ team in Swindon, Wiltshire, to handle all merchandise inquiries.

An insider previously shared how the couple had a masterful business strategy, saying, “They run the hottest wedding venue in France and they’re cashing in on it.

After four years of searching for the castle, the couple bought the sprawling 19th-century building in 2015 after swapping their two-bedroom home in East London.

After four years of searching for the castle, the couple bought the sprawling 19th-century building in 2015 after swapping their two-bedroom home in East London.

“The TV show is a free one-hour ad each week for their various ventures on prime-time TV.

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“Viewers have adopted the idea that they do everything cheaply thanks to Dick’s skills as an engineer and builder and Angel’s talent as a designer.

Dick and Angel announced the news that the series would end last September.

Viewers were left in tears as Channel 4's charming hit series Escape to the Chateau came to an end in December

Viewers were left in tears as Channel 4’s charming hit series Escape to the Chateau came to an end in December

In a statement, they said: ‘Escape to the castle has been our family journey; our decision to buy a chateau without water, electricity, heating or sewerage has taken us on the adventure of a lifetime and we could never have imagined what would happen.

The good, the bad, and the ugly…we’ve cherished every second and love that we have a visual record to show Arthur and Dorothy (their kids) when they’re older.

“We are so thankful for everyone who continues to support us and we look forward to what the future holds. As one Chateau chapter ends, so another Chateau story begins…”

The final show saw the family and viewers cry, with many tuning in last month for the last Christmas special ever.

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