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Good Morning Britain’s Ranvir Singh and Alex Beresford usually co-present ITV’s All Around Britain, but for a Christmas special, Ranvir has been replaced by Ria Hebden to help Alex find Blenheim Palace their perfect Christmas tree. It comes as GMB’s political editor is busy focusing on her dance moves for this week’s Cha Cha Cha on Strictly Come Dancing.
Tomorrow’s episode will see Ria and Alex visit Blenheim to take part in some of their festive preparations.
Scenes will show Alex help to fell this year’s Christmas tree, which will then be positioned within the famous Great Court.
Ria, on the other hand, is tasked with decorating the huge first which will become the centrepiece for this year’s Christmas Illuminated Light Trail at the Palace.
Forester Nick Bainbridge and COO of the estate Rodger File will feature in the episode to take part in chopping down the 15ft Nordmann fir grown within Blenheim’s 2,000 acres of woodland.
Ria and Alex also had an exclusive first look at a Winston Churchill painting that’s never gone on display before.
The artwork, painted by the former Prime Minister in 1947 is an impressionist-inspired landscape of Marrakesh – a place Churchill said was the loveliest spot in the whole of the world.
The oil painting will be unveiled on ‘All Around Britain’ at 11:55 on ITV this Sunday before going on display at Blenheim Palace in the room that Churchill was born in.
Kate Ballenger, Head of Collections at Blenheim, wouldn’t reveal to Alex and Ria who owns the painting.
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But it’s reported some of the former Prime Minister’s artwork is worth up to £1m. Churchill painted more than 550 paintings during his lifetime.
Ria spoke out about her involvement in the show on her Instagram account.
Alongside a promo image, she captioned the post with: “Super excited to announce that I’ll be joining the All Around Britain team presenting alongside @alexberesfordtv while the fabulous @ranvirtv is strutting her stuff on the Strictly dancefloor!
“Tune in tomorrow and every Sunday from 11.55am on ITV to hear uplifting stories about the amazing people and places across this amazing country of ours!”
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She also shared a clip from the episode which saw her and Alex take a closer look at the painting.
“Here’s a sneak peek at this Sunday’s All Around Britain where Alex and I visit Blenheim Palace and get a first glimpse of one of Sir Winston Churchill’s masterpieces aptly named Marrakech.
“Blenheim is a place I’d always wanted to visit and inside, it truly is breathtakingly beautiful.
“Be sure to tune in tomorrow at 11.55am on ITV to find out all about it’s fascinating history and how Churchill came to own it.”
Ranvir is partnered with Giovanni Pernice on this year’s Strictly.
Last week she was top of the leaderboard.
Can she do it again tonight?
All Around Britain airs tomorrow morning at 11:55am on ITV.
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