A COUNTY beauty spot has a starring role in one of the BBC’s most popular shows.

Croome Park is set to be the backdrop for prime-time BBC One drama Survivors, to be broadcast on Tuesday, February 9.

The National Trust property Croome Court is set to feature as Tredegar Hall in episode four of the hit series.

Trust officials hope its appearance on the programme will encourage more people to visit the park – especially as they only opened the doors to the restored Georgian mansion last September.

Scenes were also shot in the stunning Capability Brown-designed gardens.

Christian Walker, Croome Park operations manager, said: “We were delighted to be chosen as a location for the series and look forward to seeing the estate portrayed in such a high profile way.

“A particular highlight for anyone visiting the park on the preparation days was the scene of antique furniture and historic old master paintings being unloaded and carried up the main steps.

“It certainly conjured up a future-hopeful image that one day such items will be returned to Croome Court.

“The items were used to create a study and dining room on the first floor. Filming also took place in the long gallery, billiard room and entrance hall, as well as in the basement, where a wine cellar was created for a fight scene.”

The park’s usually tranquil grounds will be at odds with the characters’ fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic world.

A BBC spokesman said: “Set in the present day, Survivors is a drama series that focuses on the world in the aftermath of a devastating virus which wipes out most of the planet's population.

“Deprived of traditional 21st century comforts – electricity, clean running water, advanced technology – the resilient group of survivors at the heart of the series face terrible dangers.

“With no society, no police and no law and order, they must struggle to find food and water under the deadly threat of other survivors.”

Croome Park is open at weekends until Sunday, February 14, and then daily until Sunday, October 31. Croome Court is open at weekends until Sunday, January 31, and then Wednesdays to Mondays from Monday, February 15, until October 31.

For further information, call 01905 371006 or go to nationaltrust.org.uk/croomepark.