At least he knows what he's talking about, even if he utterly dominates over the woman, she being reduced to scraping paint of the walls in every episode.
I love this series, the production values are amazing, we tend to gloss over the reconstructions as mere wallpaper but they're excellently made.
And what is so important overall is that what makes the series are it's subjects, the buildings themselves.
I was only thinking of an Irish version last night, Henrietta St sprug immediatly to mind, but of course there must be structures in every town in the country worthy of such treatment.
But as to the idea that 3/5 million be sunk into a country house in this country seems unlikely to say the least, not least with RTE on board, remember the BBC series 'Servants' a few months ago, RTE purposely kept a low profile in it's making largely because of it's subject matter - country house , oppressive British, Irish people not interested in such Anglican content etc etc.
There'd more likely to be a series about the saving of dolmens and cist graves, they, apparently being more 'Irish'.
RTE seems to think that Ireland was a twilight zone between the building of Newgrange and 1916, nothing was built, nothing happened
(oh, except the Famine of course - as always a wonderful nostalgic, nationalist tear jerking opportunity)